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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (746) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle from Johnís Market. A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing. N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa. T: Oxidized, but itís not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and thereís a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour. M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden. O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Thanks IrishBoy. The beer pours to a very dark brown body. Thin fizzy off-white head. Red hue to the body. The aroma is sweet candi sugar, green raisins, dark brown sugar. The flavor is very dark sugar. Notes of bubblegum, dark malt. The palate is tart. Medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. This one may be to complex. Very bubblegummy. Strong aroma with malt character and yeast standing out in the smell. Very dark color with thin head. First taste was pretty good, not sure what to say. After it warmed it seemed to get worse with an apparant cough syrup taste in the last few sips. Terrible palate near the end. I think this ale was better served cold than at room temperature. I donít know if 6 years of aging would make this any better.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7359) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 22oz bottle, bought in Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg VA. Consumed September 2006. This poured very dark red-brown and was quite floral, estery and spicy on the nose. I definitely picked up violets and maybe cloves. Sweetish palate with deep, sticky malt to the fore but, at the same time, the body was fairly light. Some hops kick in late but they seemed rather harsh and the whole didnít seem perfectly integrated to me. Not my favourite Vertical Epic by a long way. Tasted as if it could do with more bottle age. Also, Iím not sure that carting it around in the back of a car for a couple of weeks helped too much. Iíll pick up another bottle next time Iím in the US if I can and re-rate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Nuffield] Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty nose with some yeast. Taste is roasted malt, a lot of yeast, and something else that I couldnít identify. Medium mouthfeel. Definitely not one of my favorite dubbels.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared by footbalm at his cellar cleaning/going away party, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and no lacing
Aroma: Roasty, raisins and citrus
Taste: Toasted malts, dark fruits and cardboard
Good, maybe past its prime

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Probably waited too long for this one. It was interesting, with flavors of sweet chocolate, toffee, and some sort of astringency, but overall it was a mess. Clearly over the hill. Wish I knew what it was like fresh and whether or not this is how it was intended to be.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) deep ruby with hints of brown, ring Of tan bubbles. Nose of anise, raisin, caramel, chocolate. Taste is heavy anise, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, ginger, wheat. Carbonation had held up, string anise linger that takes away from the palate finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
bigtime feet first spelunk into rotbox for this gem. looks fine:

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aroma of raisins, dimetap. purple grape drank. sweet doughed purple grapes. soft rumcake. light sherry. not too bad, but didnít care for strong grapey dimetap note.

doughy, boozed dimetap. some rotton grape sherry. soft warming booze in backdrop. rumcake breads. and soft spice. some licorice.

held up better than expected. harsh grape dimetap rumcake bready sherry concoction. harsh everpresent grape rot in backdrop take away from drinkability. some good components. sherry was nice. decent body. fine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours a dark brown color, small off white head. Aroma is strong banana, very strong fresh banana. Flavor is a banana chocolate split with some clove and other standard spices sitting atop. Thinking weizenbock more than dubbel.


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