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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3.1
fonefan (48622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 22.fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, vintage malt, earth, light caramel and chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100209]

3.9
yespr (44706) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle at Stone Bistro. Pours a golden brown with a lacing tan head. Smooth caramel and fruity aroma. Flavour too is smoothly mixed caramel and fruity hops. Lingering into the finish with a fruity mild flavour.

3.6
Ungstrup (37231) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
A deep red beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma is sweet with lots of berries as well as wood and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of caramel, medium notes of wood, and light notes of alcohol and spices. The end is dry and woody.

3.5
joergen (27970) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel and fruits. Flavour of dried fruits, caramel, fruits and hops.

3.7
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a clear, reddish mahogany with a creamy, beige head. Fat, wooden aroma. Medium body with sweet, roasted malt and some accents of dried and overripe fruit. Light notes of wood. Basically no bitterness. 061006

3.4
Travlr (24274) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Very smooth and very light, definitely a straightforward and non-complex brew.

3.5
mcberko (17178) - 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.

2.8
brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
The beer pours a murky dark amber color without much of a head. There is a definite oxidation to the aroma. Lots of cardboard with the stale sugar and toffee notes. A bit of fruit, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is fairly boring, mostly due to the oxidation. Just sort of sweet and muddled with a bit of cardboard to it. Might be some dark fruit notes and yeast in there.

3.2
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.

3.4
Ratman197 (14668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Pours a clear but very dark brown with a small amber head. Aromas of spices an dark fruit[figs], and a hint of coffee.Flavors of spices[ clove and nutmeg], dark fruit [figs and plums], and dark malt. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste.


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