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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3.7
BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/amber pour. Dark fruit, sweet tasting - this one is really good!

3.3
DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Hellbilly! Dark brown pour, spotty lacing, and a little clove/tobacco on the nose. Flavor is dirtychocolate, dry spices finished with more noticeable clove.

3.6
jsquire (4425) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Garnet colored dark beer with a slick of beige bubbles for a head. Rich fruit cake and plum nose. This is still a complex, malty beer with toffee, plum, faint cherry, candi sugar and some spice. This held up very well for an eight year old beer.

3.9
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Vertical epic tasting. Light brown pour with a minor head. Caramel malt forward with toffee and a little chocolate flavor. Very Barleywine like. Good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
zvikar (6087) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque brown with a small beige head, aroma of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate and brandy, flavor of dried fruits, dark bread, some plums acidity, medium to full bodied

3.5
mcberko (17328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from StFun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours an opaque dark amber-tinged brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, toasted nuts, some oxidation, and some brown sugar. Flavour of dark dried fruits, a little brown sugar, and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied, standing the test of time. Dominated more or less by the dried dark fruits. Good stuff.

3
deyholla (11505) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has musty grain and a bit of hay and a touch of menthol. Flavor starts with sweet musty grains and has a bit of menthol in the finish.

3.9
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz bottle, bought online and tasted alongside vintages from 2003-2006 at a tasting with Chris, Dan and Greg. Served in a branded glass. Pours clear reddish mahogany with a small tan head that fades quickly, leaving behind a slight amount of lace. On the nose, there are notes of molasses, toasty malts, chocolate, anise, spice, fruit and clove. The flavour starts out medium sweet and becomes slightly bitter towards the end. There are notes of chocolate, roasted malts, anise and herbs. The finish is long and slightly bitter, with a slight herbal note. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is a nice chocolatey, spicy Belgian style ale. It has aged relatively well, but I wonder if the body is thinner than it once was. 2012-08-04

2.5
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark plum color with some ruby highlights around the edges. An offwhite head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass. S: Grainy malt bills, some light rice cake with some wet paper. This one did not age all that well. T: More of the same. A ton of cardboard, rice cake, and a little cocoa. Sweet cereal malts. The oxidation has really taken this one over. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Wet paper finish. O: All the bottles had been stored the same so I don’t know this was a product of a poorly sealed cap, or the beer wasn’t strong enough from the onset to hold onto an semblance of the original flavor profile. Serving type: bottle

3.3
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle, pours a dark brown, flavour was very oxy but I can see this one having been quite tasty. it had a belgian smell and a bit of spice in there but the oxidation came through strong


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