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%
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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slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Sweet leaning, but not overly slow. Some signs of oxidation after 7 years, but not spoiled. Hints of clove and other Belgian-y spices going on, and some non-descript dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Definitely a gimmick to sit on these for 12 years, especially since you can make a couple car payments by selling them. I’ve never had a bottle of my own past one year, and I don’t think most of the VE releases will be better than fresh after 6-12 months anyway..."

madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Light brown coloured. Flowers, sweetness, fruits and cold tee in the aroma. Flavours of alcohol, spices, flowers and fruits. LIght cocoanotes and liqourice. Medium bodied. Alcohol, sweetnes and cocoa in the end. Very good one. Thanks to BBB63 for this.

deyholla (11605) - 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.

hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear, ruby ale with a small, frothy, lightly tanned head. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma with notes of banana, milk chocolate and coriander. Malty sweet, spicy flavors take the early lead, but are followed closely behind by a calvary of hop bitterness which more than balances things out. Warming alcohol. Full-bodied and lightly oily with lively carbonation. Bittersweet, salty, grassy finish.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
dark brown pour. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla and some peat. Flavor is rich and loaded with light chocolate notes, light spice, wood, vanilla, caramel. Nice. Thanks diego!

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/04/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

dark ruby red, thin tan head, rich sweet spicy dark malt aroma with essence of figs, light cloves, and a hint of alcohol, a bit thin, light malt flavor, traces of ripe fruit that grow in complexity and should age very well, nice spicy character balanced against tempered sweetness, light bitter finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: **4
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DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma of roast caramel malt, dark fruit, hops, tons of spices such as coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. I cannot believe that this beer is not spiced. The finish is smooth, with more dark fruit, hops, and spices. Nice complexity and great balance.

BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/amber pour. Dark fruit, sweet tasting - this one is really good!

alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma was fruity (mainly dark varieties) with chocolate, brown sugar, and some hops. The flavor is very much the same with some alcohol peeking through. Medium full mouthfeel. This one is in pretty good shape right now.

jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small creamy tan head (3+) Sweet sugary malt, mild Belgian-alcohol grows proportionate to the time your nose spends in the glass. Flavour has an intense introduction with a sweet middle, and dry bitter finish that lingers. Interesting mix of flavours are tough to decipher. Medium palate (3+). Nice but lacks transcendance.

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