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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

305 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

The beer poured into the glass crystal celar deep amber brown with a tan lasting head that worked it's magic in coating the glass.

The aroma was molasses and brown sugar with dark caramel and a slight spicy phenolic from alcohol.

The flavor was mostly molasses with strong dark caramel and some dark fruit flavors.

The finish was dry with lasting molasses and lasting spiciness into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. A good beer, not overly complex however. Quite a bit of alcohol warming after consumption.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks CSquared!

06-26-2005 21:11:02 | More by GCBrewingCo
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Dark brown, big head, falls to a 75% covering table. Sticky. Smell is licorice and malt. Taste is more anise and a carbonic spicy character that I'm just not a fan of. Certainly has a lot of attitude. I have another bottle for a future tasting. Mouthfeel is medium full. Drinkability, for me is not too fine. If you like peppery licorice, then this is your beer. The spouse loved it.

08-06-2005 00:11:56 | More by pentathlete
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Claret colored, splotchy head.

S: Rum raisin smell that signals a boozy flavor.

T: Gingerbread and raisin flavor.

M: Sweet, boozy, warming mouthfeel that is creamy.

O: Raisin flavors and smells are not the most enticing. Nice mouthfeel and appearance.

01-22-2014 20:24:40 | More by blindtiger24
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a touch of amber on the edges. Body is clear but has lots of large floating yeast clumps in it. Small tan head lingers briefly and leaves some webby lacing on the glass.

S - Slightly astringent, chocolate and cocoa powder, sweet malt, a bit of peppery spiciness. Overall, quite malty on the nose.

T - Bitter hops, cocoa powder, raisins, a bit of booze, some phenolics, sweet maltose, a bit of roasty malt too.

M - Medium body with a low-midlevel carbonation that gives just a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Feel is a bit slick and oily and there is a peppery spicy tingle on the tongue.

O - Good dark roasted, chocolatey, spicy and malty sweet beer. When this first came out in '05 I found this be a very good beer and went thru a number of these bottles. Seems to have fallen off over the years, but still solid.

12-30-2012 20:50:02 | More by portia99
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, nuts, baker's chocolate, and bread. Much sweeter flavor than expected. Toffee and caramel, brown sugar and figs. Medium thick and moderate carbonation. A little stale in the finish, but enjoyable.

01-13-2013 18:46:49 | More by yourefragile
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weonfire

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2012 22:04:36 | More by weonfire
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-31-2012 23:25:59 | More by Gonzoillini
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bca115

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-04-2013 21:53:57 | More by bca115
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2014 15:36:09 | More by Kurmaraja
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 23:33:30 | More by IrishColonial
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-13-2012 02:43:41 | More by drewone
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Rothobinide

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-28-2014 22:44:24 | More by Rothobinide
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MordorMongo


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-13-2013 23:36:16 | More by MordorMongo
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dbfp210

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-08-2013 02:15:27 | More by dbfp210
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OlieIPA

California

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!

05-13-2009 04:48:24 | More by OlieIPA
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-18-2013 23:35:39 | More by TXhomebrewer
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-22-2014 02:50:57 | More by kvgomps
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-19-2014 06:07:22 | More by zestar
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-09-2013 00:34:30 | More by mothman
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-19-2013 03:55:05 | More by drummermattie02
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 23:25:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2012 14:21:27 | More by Reagan1984
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 23:27:32 | More by billab914
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ChuckD

New York

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.

10-10-2005 20:48:59 | More by ChuckD
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-07-2013 22:39:29 | More by savagepm
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.