Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. This time around, we used no spices in the brewing of this beer. If you've tasted the beer before reading this, that may surprise you. The special Belgian yeast we used adds a distinctively spicy aroma and flavor. Roastiness, clove, hops, fruitiness, and those other great and funky phenols abound in the nose. What's in the flavor? You certainly get some dark roasted malts and alcohol overtones. What else? Hints of earthiness, chocolate/cocoa, hop spiciness, maybe even anise, and ... the incredible variety of complexities from the classic brewing ingredients of barley malt, hops, yeast and water, when applied with an artistic brewer's talent never ceases to amaze.

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4.1
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark ruby/brown pour with no head. Lots of dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with notes of alcohol. Big sweet malt flavor with notes of plum and dates. Finish is slightly warming from the abv. Almost reminiscent of a barleywine. Very tasty. Thanks StFun for the bottle!

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JStax (6482) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of raisin, brown sugar, and molasses. Tastes sweet and full of dark fruits. Medium body and carbonation. My overall favorite of the series.

3.6
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy brown. Caramel and dark fruit. Very nice beer.

2.2
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Sampled in 12/2013 from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-brown color with a medium sized foamy orange-tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was metallic with notes of fig, port wine and Dr Pepper. The flavor was metallic with notes of fig, date, Dr Pepper and more metal. Long fig, Dr Pepper and metal finish. Medium body. Not good at this point.

2.9
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft. When this beer was released, the White Sox were in first place marching towards a World Series victory. I was still drinking bourbon, listening to Mike Jones, being 19 years old and generally embarrassing. Did this age well? No. But, you know me, I think beers that age well are the figment of the imagination of people who hoard beers. Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of oxidation, cardboard, weird sweetness. Some clove and mild dark fruit. Flavor is flabby and generically sweet, lots of oxidation. Medium bodied, some average carbonation. Finishes weirdly sweet.

3.9
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Dark fermented fruits and belgian yeasts. Another winner.

3.7
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is black/brown with a little bit of head. Aroma is chocolate, some spices. Flavor matches aroma, much more prominent than the earlier years.

3.6
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange with a thin quick white head. Aroma was mild with some clove ginger and mild dirty fruit. Taste little spicy hidden fruit and a touch of yeast. Palate thin slick and dry.

3.8
kathouse (1890) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Amber brew has a rich caramel aroma and a thin cream head. Roasted malts as well as the toasted bread and a little chocolate make a nice, but sweet finish that is a pleasure to drink.

3.8
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle snagged from Belmont for some ridiculous price like $9.99. Pours dark like cola with active carbonation and big bubbles but no real head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast in the aroma that brings in some fruitiness like a dubbel or quad. Maybe a hint of metal too though. Pretty bold flavor with some spice, dark fruit and molasses. This held up really well.


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