Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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.
06-21-2006 02:56:58 | More by Jason
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.
06-19-2005 01:49:42 | More by JackStraw22
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.
05-27-2005 17:23:45 | More by xgrigorix
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
02-03-2014 02:24:44 | More by scootny
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
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
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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