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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

309 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 104
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Oct 15, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, dark fruit, and fruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruity characteristics that are holding up surprisingly well for being over 9 years old at this point.

Serving type: on tap.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 27, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

dagubna, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kingmaker, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

dcisco44, Aug 08, 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%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

midlifec, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Kurmaraja, Apr 07, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)

Pours black and opaque, with a good head.

This slr shows obvious barrel aging effects, including a smooth feel and well blended flavors. It's warm with an estery finish and aftertaste; otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Flavors include vanilla, toffee, dried fruit and light spicing. Semi-dry finish.

chinchill, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

blindtiger24, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eight year old Five poured like a flat Coca Cola as the color was definitely that of Coke but the head failed to rise significantly.

The aroma held wine or port like qualities with a lot of fermented dark fruit and a meaty savory scent.

The flavor is fantastic as it holds strong toffee notes, peanut brittle, caramel malt, dry port wine and buckwheat.

The feel is smooth, a little full and surprisingly crisp.

This was a really interesting ride from normal Strong Dark Ales and really ran the opposite way of expectation. Aging did this Ale very well.

KYGunner, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

WanderingFool, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 14, 2013
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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.