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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 103
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 Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours mahogany with a medium white head, good head retention for how old it is, some lace.

S: Rum raisin, brown sugar.

T: Semi-sweet malt, lots of molasses, dark sugar cane, but never too cloying. Still rich in flavour, especially compared to the other VEs.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation, delicate.

O: Arguably the best of the aged VEs, I've never got to try it fresh, but it's drinking well now.

Halcyondays, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

drewone, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lord Hobo for their Vertical Epic Event on 12/12/12. Last beer of Flight "A" (03, 04, 05). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Dark reddish mahogany, slightly translucent around the edges, fairly small head, not much head, darker then the 03 and 04.

S- Dark fruits, cherries, plums, fairly sweet, slightly more aromatic then the 03 and 04 and definitely more fruits.

T- Cherries, plums, some light spiciness. Roastiness and chocolate mostly faded away however dark fruits definitely take over to provide a nice taste. Still get some hints of earthiness that mixes well with the dark fruits.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, smooth easy to drink.

O- I feel like there were a lot of flavors that disappeared in this beer however there were a lot of flavors that instead came out nicely from the age such as the dark fruits. I think I would have enjoyed it a little bit more fresh with the chocolate and roastiness, but it too a different complexity being aged that definitely tasted nice. Probably my favorite of the 03, 04, 05.

jaasen64, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

goalie33, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

SFC21, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GeoffreyM, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last in an 03-05 flight of Vertical Epics at Alewife Queens.

2005 Vertical Epic pours ruby red, with no visibility through the glass. No real head or lacing to speak of. The nose has plenty of cherry led, oxidized dark fruits, along with a mild chocolate aroma. Not much changes in the flavor, though the dry chocolate note is a bit more potent. Still plenty of dried fruit as well though. The mouthfeel is plenty light and agile, but the carbonation falls just a bit flat. Surprisingly, the 05 Vertical Epic is my least favorite in the 03-05 flight.

axeman9182, Dec 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ralphw56, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -23.3%

marct, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Mike!

The beer pours a murky dark amber color without much of a head. There is a definite oxidation to the aroma. Lots of cardboard with the stale sugar and toffee notes. A bit of fruit, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is fairly boring, mostly due to the oxidation. Just sort of sweet and muddled with a bit of cardboard to it. Might be some dark fruit notes and yeast in there.

womencantsail, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

rogueleonardi, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

MrVonzipper, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

dksl16, Nov 14, 2011
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.