Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 455   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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3.1
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a hazy red brown with a decent amount of foamy tan head. Aroma is of caramel malts and sugared fruits, but it seems to me to be dominated by spicy clove aromas. Flavor backs up my assessment of the aroma, as its sweet fruit and malt but way over the top in the yeast and spices used. I realize this beer is meant to be cellared for some time, but I found it at this point to be not too great. I might buy another bottle to save and see, but at this point I would pass.

4
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
A sort of brown ale combined with a belgian strong ale, innovative and tasty. Dark, sweet fruity aromas combine with chocolate, caramel and hops. Flavors of ripe dark fruit, plum, red grapes, raisin, a touch of lighter fruit, coriander, banana. Dark caramel notes creep in towards the finish, light chocolate notes are present as well. Hoppy, peppery finish. Easily beats the 4/04 and gives the 3/03 a run for its money.

3.6
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Another good offereing from Stone. I’m not a big fan of the Belgian Strong Ale style so I’m not a big fan of this one. But it is full bodied, smells of cloves and its really dark for this style.

3.8
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Deep reddish brown appearance, thick creamy head formation. Caramel aroma, mildly chocolaty and fruity. Smooth and chocolaty on the plalate, rich creamy fruitiness, warming alcohol finish and elevated hoppiness for the style. Nice flavor, good little complexities, but just lacks a little in the usual Stone boldness.

0.5
GKlein709 (4) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005 does not count
Armoa, fruity but imature, apperance good dark, flavor good yeasty, imature, palate crisp and tight, overall very good should wait to open until 2012

3
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(on bottle) Had this baby a bit too warm, so...Dark, clear redish-brown, with a small beige head. Sent of fried bananas and a light molasses. Has more burn, mocca, notes in flavour, big sweetness and got cloying in the end. A bit of a alcoholic finish.

3.8
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Poured a brownish-amber with a dark off-white fizzy head. Sweet aroma of grapes, figs, brown sugar, and chocolate. Taste is dark fruits, molasses, spices with a dry finish. Seems to be dwelling someplace between a belgian strong and a doppelbock. A bit of overwhelming metallic bitterness in the aftertaste which I don’t especially care for. Other than that, a very decent beer.

4
Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2005
This is a really nicve belgian ale brewed by stone. Althogh I prefer hopped beasts, belgians offer a nice rotten fruit taste that tastes good.

4.2
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Quite a sursprise as the dark brown colored liquid gurgled from the bottle into my Chimay chalice. Dark mahogeny color with a well retained dark tan colored head. The aroma is very Abbey Dubblish, rich chocolate malt, lots of spices, a really nice yeast strain, a bit of earth, bubblegum and a whiff of alcohol. Also, some dark, dried fruit, i.e. raisin/prunes. The flavor compares quite favorably with good Abbey Dubbles, sweet malt with chocolate, mutiple spices, orange, and a slightly sharp metallic off flavor. I predict a long life for this bad boy, as well as some nice smoothing out of its few sharp edges. Very enjoyable and drinkable now. Will be much better in a year or two, I predict. Who says Stone can’t make good Belgian styles?

3.2
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours a thick deep brown with a deeply tanned head. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, clove and chocolate. Flavors are leaning on the alcohol and phenolics. Body is rather thick for any style belgian. Somewhat syrupy. The finish is somewehat lasting, but it’s the finish more of a way overpowered porter rather than any belgian style ale with secondary alcohols really playing a dominant role. This could benefit greatly from 10% unrefined sugar. This might be the first Stone beer that I think was made poorly.


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