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RATINGS: 614   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 year’s edition.

In this year’s edition, you’ll 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 it’s part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that we’re really liking here at Stone...it’s 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!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5617) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogfishho (645) - 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
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown colour. Hoppy aroma, with some alcohol noticed. The aromas correspond to the palate, very hoppy, with alcohol showing. Doesn’t taste dark at all, even though it is a deep-ish brown colour. I don’t know how these gae and whether age will change it a lot, but it does feel a little raw.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle - Thanks to Bager. Dark dark brown - offwhite head. Licorice, raisins, berries, plums, yeasty, burned, roasted, dusty, light soya. A bit strange - but not bad !!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1207) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, supplied by Nuffield, thanks! Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and some light sweet hints with a lot of alcohol too. Taste wasn’t the best. Roasted malt followed up with a medicinal quality. There was some molasses, raisin, and brown sugar in there too, but not enough to counter the alcohol.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
on tap at Rattle n Hum pours a dark carmel color with a small head. the smell is dark carmel with some sour lactic notes. the taste is bland oxidized dark carmel with some fruity esters mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol to feel i could not drink more than 2 sips of this pint. thanks for the opportunity though

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Deep mahogany color with and dissipating white head. Aroma of deep toffee, roast and Belgian yeastiness. Flavor is pretty similar, but a lot weaker. Flat, thin and dead palate. Most of these are hits and misses. Have the later ones on draft, they’ve definitely held up better in kegs.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Malty sweetness, hops, alcohol, fizzy and a little bit of spice. I think this one needs some time, was all over the place with no clear defined flavor. Alcohol comes through a bit strong for less than 9%. Will rerate this one after 6 months. Not impressed right now

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1287) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
(Note- I had the complete vert. excluding 12-12; however, 02 and 03 were purchased online as well as 04 and 05. The seller that sold me the 02 and 03 was later found to be recapping (tasted "fresh"), but 04 and 05 were definately aged to say the least. With the doubt encasing online purchases in general, I decided not to post the ratings regarding them. The rest were either bought outright (06 and 07 in Kentucky, 09 from Liquid Solutions, 10 from Oak Tree, 08 in a trade, 11 from a local purchase, and 12 HOPEFULLY on tap somewhere in town) so it’ll be ok with the rest.) ... and so it begins. 22 oz. bottler served in tumbler- poured a dark brown color with a tint of red. Thin white whisps upon the liquid surface for head, aroma of chocolate, fresh tannin, and some light yeast and spice. Hits the mouth with a thin body, malt is not distinguishable, some light sugar with prunes and spice in the middle, finish is somewhat dry with spices slightly lingering. Some age to it, but not a total waste.


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