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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3.8
djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap. Pours a cloudy dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is faint chocolate malt and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with rich cocoa and brown sugar with nice lingering dry finish.

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Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark brown hue with an average light brown head. Aroma was complex of heavy roasted malt, hops and molasses. Full body with small alcoholbite finish. Flavor was moderate sweet and light bitter which was long in duration. Very good brew.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2005
(22oz bottle) Clear dark-brown body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some wheat, raisin, light Belgian spice. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, wheat, light herb. Creamy medium body.

4
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Dark reddish clear brown with a thin off white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma, with ginger notes, sweet candy and alcohol. In mouth, sweet candy sugar, caramel, licorice and oranges. A good year! Rich and alcohol in mouth. On tap at BCTC 2006.

3.6
Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber shared at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee notes, citrus hops, some leafy hop notes and chocolate in the finish. The taste is toffee, caramel and leafy, citrus hops. Medium bodied. Faded a bit, but still a good beer.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a dark molasses brown with mahagony hints and a medium diminishing frothy tan head which becomes a rocky film with lined lacing. Heavy malt (hay) wheat and yeast aroma, moderately roasted caramel nutty malt with cellared (cobwebs) notes. Medium bitter acidic hop and moderately roasted nutty malt and alcohol flavor with a hoppy finish. Medium and thick bodied fizzy and slightly dry palate.

3.9
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, cereal, nuts, licorice, raisins, and toasted malts. Flavor of toasted malt, oatmeal, mild hops, and molasses.

4.1
Dogbrick (13018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Why wait? This stuff is good NOW. Not like I’ll ever find the 02.02.02 anyway. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a thick and foamy beige head. Thick and sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, spice (what? there are no spices in this beer?) and raisin. Rich body with an immediately noticeable Belgian character. Yeast, spices and malt are prevalent, along with a bit of fruit in the background. The finish is spiced and hoppy. Definitely the best VE I have tried so far.

3.9
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle shared with egajdzis (thanks for bringing this over!). Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolates, dark fruits and somewhat earthy. Tastes of light chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Lively body. Drank side by side with the 04 and I liked this one better.

3.8
Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Initial taste very chocolate. Well carbonated, then eased off. In a blind taste, I would believe it was a Rochfort. Abundant cocoa, and bittersweet. Well hopped but not overly so. Significant anise and spiciness at finish. I will look for this again in a couple of years.


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