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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3.8
Sammy (12984) - 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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deyholla (12582) - 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.

4.1
madsberg (11798) - 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.

3.7
BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/amber pour. Dark fruit, sweet tasting - this one is really good!

3.9
hopscotch (11410) - 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.

3.7
alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, 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.

4.2
DocLock (11189) - 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.

3.7
gnoff (11138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 2/11/2007
Bottle, thanks to rickgordon.
Sampled at a tasting night at Marsiblursi’s place.
Dark red color, small tan head. Strong chocolate and spicy alcohol scent, mixed with raisin and Belgian ale. Strong spicy taste with a roasted aftertaste, lots of alcohol and cocoa beans. Smooth mouthfeel, low to medium bitterness. This could potentially become great with aging.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7

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On March 15, 2014. Thanks to RobertGBG and thomat! Bottle, 1 pt 6 fl oz. Marked 8.4% ABV.
Hazy copper color, small whtie head. A bit tart spicy scent. Yeasty, Belgian ale taste. Sweet aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
4/2/6/2/11=2.5

3.8
jercraigs (11071) - 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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