Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 460   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Aroma of chocolate,mollasses, and a light hop presents. Wonderful lacing. Pours a brownish red with a light brown head. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Big bottle, now available at the Foodery in Phila. Dark ale, no head. Reminded me quite a bit of Trois Pistoles - plums, cherries, chocolate - only just not as refined as TP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with thin off white head. This one has changed quite a bit since fresh, Im down to 1 bottle now. Aroma is sweet and malty with chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor seems more mellow and full of dark fruits with cocoa and alcohol. Finish is warm and has a little black licorice taste that kind of sucks. Now to decide when to have this last bottle.......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Color of mahogony wood with a thin, but well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma of crystallized sugar, american cheese, and North African spice. Flavor is herbaceous, chocolatey, dried elder berries, sugar, and spicy alcohol in a complex flavor profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2007
sampled June 05: Mahogany brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Notes of coco, brown sugar, earth, raisins, plum, and walnut in the nose. Toast, coco, herbs, currant, toasted coconut(?), almonds, and more brown sugar. Finishes sweet and malty with dried fruit, yeast, and a touch of herbal bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark red pour, almost brown. Thick, creamy head. Cherries in the aroma, with a little yeast. Malty, with more cherry and astringent, tangy yeast. Reminds me of cherry cough medicine with edgy carbonation. Lots of alcohol on the finish. Quite muted and funky. I thought it might have been a bad bottle, so I opened my "save till whenever the hell Im supposed to open all of these things" bottle to find that it was exactly the same. This is probably the last bottle of "EPIC" that I burn $7+tax on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Dark ruby, reminiscent of a port, but with a clingy brownish head.
Caramel, scotch ale sweet, but with a twist of mirabelle (some weird fruit they use to make booze in europe), some plums and a nice alcohol finish.
Profound maltyness, like a granola bar with nothing but specialty malts and caramel/nougat, dipped in a bit of alcohol to round it all off and make it rich and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
From bottle at Stones 14th anniv orange pour...aroma is caramel, toffee.. oxidized but I like it..flavor is caramel, sugar..still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - JAN 15, 2006
This is a bit more malty than the other stones Ive had...and Ive had a bunch of them. Honestly it doesnty taste like a BSA at all right now. I know it is supposed to be good in six years, but screw that. Not too impressed when considering style...and mediocre when considering its Stone couterparts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer offers a healthy aroma consisting of dates, molasses, raisins, and barley. It is a rich mahogany colored solution that only has a smidgen of a cashew colored head. This moderately thick beer is very sweet and rich. The flavor is an infusion of caramel, dates, molasses, almonds, and wheat. A nice sweet date flavor is left lingering on the palate.

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