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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic AleStone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-06-2005)
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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2%

22 oz bomber, obvious vintage date on the bottle. The usual short story on the bottle as well.

A- Feigned black with garnet hues when brought up to the light, decent head retention ... lacing drops a few rings on the glass.

S- Powdered carob, mild tropical fruit of mango and pineapple. Phenolic of cloves and black pepper ... faint on that though, hint of fusel alcohol as well.

T&M- Crisp within a full body, perfect level of carbonation. Earthy with a bittersweet chocolate powder up front. Plum pudding character throughout; candied fruit, cloves, spices, bit of alcohol. Slight brown malt flavor and anise in the drying finish.

D- Tasty without a doubt, for a little over a year old it has held up pretty well ... flavors seem to be meshed toge her with little to no "aged" character. Still a sipping brew but a tasty one at that.

Jason, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of JackStraw22
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: Cloudy dark, dark amber. A little bit of head, not too much but what was there seemed to last.

Smell: Very sweet. Lots of malt, bready. Not very spicy or herbal, but rich and deep.

Taste: Quite smooth, alcohol is present but warming and not in your face. Pleasant and remarkable drinkable.

Can't wait to try this in a couple years. Good now, but should get better.

JackStraw22, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Dark auburn brown. Fluffy beige coloured head retains quite well, and leaves some spotty lace behind.

Cloves leap right out of the glass, but are backed up by aromas of dark fruit & some funky earthy notes as well.

Cloves, phenols, & plenty spicy. Earthy hop flavours lead to a dry finish. Full bodied w/ gentle carbonation. Hoping this gets a bit more interesting with some age.

xgrigorix, May 27, 2005
Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%

Very dark brown liquid. Light khaki head. Nice lacing.

Nose has malt and chocolate with a heavy fruit component. Figs and dates with Belgian yeast. Caramel and faint alcohol.

Taste is like a hybrid Belgian stout/dubbel. Chocolate and coffee followed by a heavy fig and plum fruitiness. Some malt and grains. Molasses and alcohol. Finish is dry and earthy with a lingering light tannic sourness.

Feel is thick and viscous, well carbonated.

Pretty good stuff. I like the mocha rubble/stout thing

scootny, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bca115, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Kurmaraja, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

IrishColonial, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drewone, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

dbfp210, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of OlieIPA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Second to last...I must continue...

A: Poured similar to the 06' VE, but with an exceptional head....superb! The lacing is thick and clinging, similar to a double IPA. WOW!

S: Smell the 06'...but more potent...and more soy-saucy as well.

T: I am actually impressed by this beer...a very complex and musky flavor profile. An enhanced version to the 06' VE, but obviously more advanced. Robust fig flavor along with brown sugar qualities that personified the beer...at least in my opinion.

M: Another WOW for me...viscous, well-carbonated, with some creamy qualities.

D: Overly impressed...alcohol is hidden...good on a warm summer night.

Overall: Really good...a try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, May 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TXhomebrewer, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Reagan1984, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

billab914, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ChuckD
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Bomber purchased at Shoreline. The bottle text recommends drinking in 2012, so I bought two - one for now.

This is an unceremonious pour. Very little head - what's there leaves quickly. Beautiful, dark ruby color - approaching black.

I love the top smell of this one. The sweetness is pronounced - but you know there will be some bite to it as the alcohol is lurking - not overwhelming to the nose, but you know it's in there.

The first sip verifies the malts - but then melds into a more hoppy mixture that is highly drinkable. The texture in the mouth is perfect for this style. Not too syrupy - but enough guts to let you enjoy it. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I agree with a previous review about the '03 Epic - it's been my fave to date. However, I think given a little time, this one could best it.

ChuckD, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

savagepm, Jun 07, 2013
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.