Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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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