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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 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!


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
For those with a predilection for imperial stouts, pleasure will ensue from this edition of the Vertical Epic line. For those like myself, however--those who find imperial stouts favorable only on certain occasions and moods--the response will vary. I find it rather typical of the imperial stout genre. Given its similarity to the likes of Old Rasputin and other microbrew styled imperial stouts, there’s not much that significantly differentiates it from other offerings. Of course there’s a perceptible difference, but to what end? Any difference is nominal, at best. To me, it seems like an inferior version of Old Rasputin, slightly watered down with excess toasted malts. The flavor is reminiscent of the scrapings from burnt toast; the only difference is that the alcohol goads one into consuming the entirety of the offering, despite the initial distaste.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
walsh90025 (2) - USA - JUL 25, 2006 does not count
Normally I am a big fan of the Stone brews, but this one was a disappointment. Weird aftertaste, almost like cough syrup.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
pours a murky brown .. light wispy foam .. leather and brown sugar mostly .. . wow! thin- very thin mouth and a very unappealing finish .. . terrible
.. . . you’re having trouble breathing?!? my eyes are burning!!

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown body with a nice fizzy light beige head that retained as a thin ring. The nose is pretty nice, there’s just a touch of oxidation, some really nice dark fruits, strong belgian yeast, a little alcohol, and even a touch of a tobacco note. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the nice aroma, it’s too thinned out and faded. There isn’t a lot of negative flavor notes like heavy oxidation, it’s just thinned out and bland. There’s still some hints at the dark fruits and yeast on the finish especially, but not enough gas left in the tank for this guy. Mouthfeel is a bit thinned, but still finishes with a bit of clinginess. Nice moderate fizzy carbonation. Decent, and still certainly drinkable, but not as good as the 05 for me in the overall sense.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Sampled on draft. When this beer released I was 20. I remember, I was heading home from college at this time. It’s pretty incredible that Stone sat on all these beers for so long so they could do this whole vertical epic thing. This beer is brown. It has a small beige head. It smells like oxidation, malt, mild belgian spice. Kind of meh. Flavor is dull, oxidized, with some vague sweetness and belgian notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Certainly a weird experience. After having these beers, my feeling that aged beers are disgusting is validated.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Pours brown with a lazy tannish head. Smells grassy with some sugary elements. Tastes of molasses, and some fruit, but otherwise one dimensional. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat disappointing compared to their other brews.

Update 8-15-06

On opening a second bottle of this one, I find it to be very green (and as such a potential aging candidate). The nose was bananas and bubblegum with some buttery elements suggesting a potential infection. Tastewise, this one was equally unbalanced and one-dimensional. While far from peaking, I’m not sure what this one’s going to gain through aging.

Update 12/16/13: Pours dark brown with a white thin head. Smells of oak, some vinouous notes, dark fruit, figs. Tastes of dark malt, spicy, boozy, some bourbon like elements, semi sweet chocolate finish. Definitely different from what it started out as. Ar: 7 Ta: 8 Ov: 15

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Aroma of bread, banana, yeast, cloves, and dried fruit. Appears a deep dark claret brown with a creamy tan head that mostly dissipates. Flavor is of burnt chocolate, with heavy cloves, and with an unpleasant bitter aftertaste - some rubbing alcohol. Palate is medium. Overall, I found this beer to be quite unpleasant. The flavor did not agree with me and it was quite a bit less than the sum of its parts.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours into a goblet a dark, but clear, ruby mahogany color with a quickly vanishing beige head. No lacing. Aroma has a piercing spiciness of cloves and anise. Maltiness of dark fruits, mostly dried figs. Notes of wheat malt and yeast are also prominent. Body is medium with some fusel alcohol notes. Taste seems dominated by anise and clove. Some notions of burnt brown sugar and dark fruits are present, as well as some roasty dark malt bitterness and pine hops. Seems a bit unsophisicated for an Abbey Dubbel, at least at this young age. I have to say that this is my least favorite of the Vertical Epic series.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left behind. S: Boozy, some sweet malts and fruity notes as well. An odd minty note on the finish, reminiscent of toothpaste. T: Brandy soaked plum, some anise and a ton of booze. Light roast with herbal mint qualities on the finish. Not as noticeable as the nose. M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Herbal and roasty finish. O: The odd minty and toothpaste like flavors on the finish detracted from an overall decent beer. Serving type: bottle

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a bit of soy sauce with dark musty grains. Flavor has dark grain and musty roasted malt with a hint of soy sauce.


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