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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle conditioned ale is chapter five, and is specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy it in a "vertical" tasting along with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren. Each on unique to its year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plot line. Each one release one year, one month and one day from the previous yearís edition.

In this yearís edition, youíll notice a deep, rich aroma of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar. The toasty, dark and roasty malt flavors combine with a soft palate - courtesy of specialty dark wheat and barley malts. The body is fairly light for a beer with such a high gravity. There is a pleasant, lingering bitterness, so you know itís part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that weíre really liking here at Stone...itís the same one we used for brewing the Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale. And as with the Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale, all the spicy, deep, and wonderfully funky aromas and flavor characteristics in this beer come as a result of nothing more than malt, hops, water and yeast!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
Dark colored with a yeasty nose of baked banana and nutmeg yet hints of freezer burn and dust. Opens with a fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors weigh towards spicy yeast and have notes of custard and peppery alcohol and underlying malty sweetness. However, itís overwhelmingly yeasty with cumbersome spice concentration.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Poured nice and dark into a glass. A lot of bubble action that kept up till i finished drinking my share. The head was thin but did not vanish after a few mintues. The aroma had a nice complex of a sweetness and nice roasted malts. The taste was a mix of a fruity/hoppy/spicy taste. It was very smooth, while it is low on my favorite types of beers, this one pulled through and kicked ass.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29019) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
A red-brown beer with a slight haze under a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty again with primary notes of caramel, but also a light roasted malt note. In the beginning it seem thin, but then the 8.7% ABV creeps up on You. It leaves a note of soy sauce on the lips. I donít find it complex enough, but still a nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Spiced plum, caramel, cloves, and a hint of banana in the aroma; pours a bit dark for a dubbel, fleeting head retention; peppery, roasty, sweet malt with some date and raison flavor, some chocolate and molasses or brown sugar notes; medicinal pheonelics; pretty sweet, but somewhat bitter in the tail end. A little too spicy and sweet right now, but good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pours a dark reddish brown and a medium off white head. Lots of crystal malt like the rest of the Stone brews. Not quite Belgian by my taste and little aroma but some good sweet roasted maltiness with some dried fruits and little to no hop bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Very dark reddish brown colour with a nice head. Aroma of yeast, spices and little roastedness. Tasty flavour of yeast, roastedness, spices and with a alcoholic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Dark beer with a creamy beige head. Alcohol and fruit nose. This is a big, rich beer with strong plum and dark fruit notes. Vanilla, anise and alcohol flavor. Big, alcoholic beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Poured a dark brown to black with a lasting tan head and good lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and spice, most notably clove. Flavors are similar to what the aroma would lead you to, especially with an overpowering clove character. The clove really dominates the entire flavor profile from beginning to end. Some sweet roastiness and hop flavor try to compete. I must say that I am a little disappointed with this one.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Strong banana, roasted nuts, port wine, yeast, cloves, and wood (doesnít smell like the cedar that the bottle proclaims). Very appetizing aroma. Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Reddish brown highlights when held to the light. Light tan head was full and rocky, but dissipated quickly into a small ring around the edge of the glass.Decent lacing. Flavor: Malt sweetness and dark fruits, bananas and yeast, and then a spicy/floral hop flavor that ends in a nice cleansing bitterness. Alcohol very noticeable as well. Also got a definate taste of butterscotch. Palate: Medium bodied. A little slick in the texture. Alcohol warming was pronounced throughout. Overall: This is good right now, but I think this needs to sit and rest for a couple years to be really good. Also, butterscotch flavor and slickness in palate makes me wonder if this beer is not flawed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Iím glad that our hosts of the afternoon broke out this bottle. It prompts me to lay the bottle that Iíd purchased down for a while to gain some equilibrium. Nice look to it, a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head. The aroma is interesting - so interesting in fact, that a nameless person was tempted to pour some down his or her nose! To me, the anise took the forefront, trailed by a sweet roasted malt, some chocolate, alcohol, and fruity spices. Same with the flavor, solid but with a licorice taste taking over. Other than that, a nice spicing to the sweet roasted malt base. I will be trying this some months down the road to see if itís more akilter.

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