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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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very good

305 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-12-2012 23:56:59 | More by SFC21
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-12-2012 21:41:02 | More by GeoffreyM
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-12-2012 20:09:54 | More by axeman9182
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

12-04-2012 00:17:01 | More by ralphw56
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-12-2012 01:16:30 | More by marct
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2012 13:51:13 | More by bradfordjohnson
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-27-2012 14:38:24 | More by beerpadawan
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-07-2012 05:38:38 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2012 20:06:45 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-27-2012 18:54:33 | More by PhineasGage
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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

01-24-2012 03:27:54 | More by womencantsail
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-12-2012 15:39:58 | More by rogueleonardi
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 04:30:38 | More by rab53
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-08-2011 20:15:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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New York

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-05-2011 03:16:14 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11-24-2011 20:00:44 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2011 05:16:45 | More by jerz
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 02:35:21 | More by Magery
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 06:31:31 | More by MrVonzipper
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 23:25:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-14-2011 17:14:57 | More by dksl16
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4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

Serverd from a 22oz. bottle shared with some good friends.

A: Dark brown with a slight lighter head retention that went down slowly. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel with some cherry-like flavor.

T: Malt, caramel, slight sweet, very easy to drink. Drank at 55degrees, and the taste got sweeter as the sips went along.

M-Light body with great carbonation.

Can't wait to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 13:01:49 | More by FARGO619
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

well it is time for me to start opening up some of these older beers i have been cellaring for a long time. this now with 6 years on it, lets see what it can do. opened on cinco de mayo.

A rich, deep, dark brown was shown right before me, just barely letting the slightest bit of color come through to give it a nice tint to the reddish side. Lots of carbonation rippling up toward the surface though out. The head was enormous, towering to a height of at least four inches before finally settling down

Big aroma of raisins, and figs started it off, with a nice little hint of spice and just the tiniest bit of alcohol way in the back making it a touch bigger. There was the unmistakable aroma of cocoa in there as well, which really threw me for a loop. Nice subtle earthy tones as well, overall this was extremely well done. The flavor started out very nice. A rich, warming palate of dark fruits washed over the tongue from the very first sip. It had loads of rum soaked raisins, figs, plums, and was just very dark overall in its profile. The cocoa then showed up again as well, very sweet, and creamy hints of chocolate showing out here

saying this held up well is an understatement. this beer was sublime still cannt wait to see a couple more years on my pther bottle

05-19-2011 01:40:31 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a dark, hazy brown with a very little yellowish head that diminished quickly after poured.

Smelled of raisin and dark dried fruits. Roasted malts added some depth to it and prune and some alcohol rounded it out.

The taste wasn't nearly as much as the smell was. The raisin and plum came about in the back of the taste and in the aftertaste more than upfront like I had originally thought. There was a surprising chocolate flavor that was noticed first upon tasting. The roasted malts give way in the middle of the drink.

This beer was very smooth. The carbonation was there but not very apparent.

For being 5 and half years old, this brew has held up pretty well. I think when kept under the ideal conditions it will do well for another 2 for the VE run.

01-25-2011 14:42:54 | More by cjacobsen
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

2009 rate.

Pours a dark opaque brown with crimson edges and a creamy tan head. Malty and boozy on the nose. Some nice sweet dark fruits, but not a ton of complexity going on. Thin and a bit shallow in the mouth. Big malt but the sugars have faded. This actually needs to be sweeter. Some faded hops sit around, and some interesting spices ride in a long finish. Kind of interesting.

11-24-2010 05:02:40 | More by JAXSON
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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