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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3.7
gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, 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

3.7
phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub on 12/12/12. Good timing! Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a small off-white head that settles into a tiny lasting ring. Aroma of caramel, banana esters, chocolate, sweet bread, and brown sugar-toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted caramel, dried fruits (fig, raisin), bread, milk chocolate. Leathery finish. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and a sneaky amount of carbonation that gives it a crispness. Glad I got to try it. Not bad at all, even though the age shows.

3.8
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2008
courtesy of Travis, you da’ man. Pours amber with beige head. Aroma is malty and grainy. Taste has plenty of nice chocolate malts and some hints of dark fruits. It aged quite well, loaded with nice flavors and a light hoppy finish.

3.2
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Pours a deep brune looking black. Medium carbonation, spotty lacing. Nose is barleywine all the way- strawberry candies, toffee, caramel, mint. Taste is pine, spices, red candies, mint. Comes across a bit drained and bland though. Palate aerated, thinner than expected.

3.9
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 The Lure:
Nutty roastiness and star anise floating in caramel. Berries bobbing in the bountiful bonding.

The Festivities:
Molasses and berries merge into a wealthy mouthfeel. Roasted caramel and vivid carbonation really point towards smoky Belgian scotch ales. Roasted malt and earthy hop bitterness gets more and more lip smacking as the glass is downed. This one will last a while.

Transcendence:
The princess has ordered a new velvet evening robe.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear dark brown / red color. Minimal khaki head. Few dots of lace. Good complex nose. Spice, light dark fruit, light booze. Some red grape and plum. Incredibly complex taste. Light chocolate, some decent bitterness. Bigger body. Very light smooth carbonation. More dry texture. Impressive - age has done some interesting things for this. Real nice.

4.2
onceblind (9662) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clearish dark brown with a thin light beige head. Sweet earthy nose with raisins and plums, some grape barrel, and sweet earthy toffee. Flavor was pleasantly sweet with warm plum and raisin notes, wine barrel notes with wine barrel acidity, a bit of grape and something sweet and earthy. Lots of yeast esters that was stone-fruity and subtly spicy.

3.6
arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma had raisins, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, hints of an earthy tone, green raisin is what really stuck out in this one. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, going into sweet raisin, plums, some slight earth, nutty notes, hints of a grass as well, finishing fairly sweet, dry, with a slight tart note in there as well. Nice.

4
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
22 oz bomber. Dark brorwn with garnet highlights. Sweet malty aroma, plums, dried cherry, brown sugar, toast, clove and even some banana. A bit of chocolate and some leathery/tobacco like notes. Flavour is quite sweet up front with massive plummy notes all over it. Quickly shows off chocolate and licorice throughout the middle before the earthy hop flavour kicks in. Strongly roasty for the style and quite hoppy as well. As it warms there are some more decidedly non-traditional piny hop resins. Intensely flavoured and quite unusual. I found myself ready to dislike it at first, but once I got through the first 8 oz, I couldn’t wait to finish the rest. The different elements really came together and accentuate the positive in one another. Another year of age will help smooth out some of the rougher edges, but this is a seriously tasty beer even now.

4.2
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Big frothy head that smells of bourbon, chocolate and wood... a really excellent smell and not one I can find any faults with. Flavor is similar: some chewy chocolate and some maple, woody malt character, reminds me almost of Midnight Sun M with the yeast flavor. One of my favorites from Stone.


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