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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

302 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 107
Gots: 51 | 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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moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-24-2013 05:40:45 | More by moonknight31
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-17-2013 01:33:04 | More by pathman
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 23:33:30 | More by IrishColonial
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 23:27:32 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-13-2013 23:21:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-08-2013 04:43:09 | More by WOLFGANG
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-07-2013 11:52:58 | More by jaxon53
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ebrifan

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-06-2013 06:08:46 | More by ebrifan
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dmsohyea

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

07-03-2013 23:33:53 | More by dmsohyea
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-23-2013 13:55:03 | More by Geuzedad
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-07-2013 22:39:29 | More by savagepm
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-29-2013 09:41:01 | More by GrindFatherBob
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-27-2013 12:11:12 | More by zeff80
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-21-2013 02:19:34 | More by SpdKilz
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-13-2013 22:26:48 | More by mikeincharleston
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2013 02:32:51 | More by koopa
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fsck

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-11-2013 10:00:28 | More by fsck
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-09-2013 03:27:59 | More by jmccraney
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cadaugherty

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.8%

05-07-2013 23:14:11 | More by cadaugherty
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-29-2013 01:44:12 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
Drank on 3/31/13
A- This beer pours a hazy light walnut brown body with a bubbly light tan head and a strong carbonation that pops to the surface.

S- The hint of sherry and wet old wood has a light sweet malt note and a butter hint in the finish. Some soft cellar notes come through as it grows.

T- The nice soft malt flavor has note of toffee and a cherry stone note with a sugar flavor that is not really sweet. There are some dark ester notes with a sherry quality growing as it opens. There is a dry wood and slightly pungent herbal note in the finish. It also has a hint of brine as it that takes on an iodine hint but it fades and a tart hint shows up.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed and a tight fizz that slows over time. There is a slight slippery texture aswell.

O- This has nice yeast and malt characteristics with a bitterness that fades in the finish and some nice biere de garde cellar characteristics that are tasty but a bit hard to describe.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 16:25:27 | More by rhoadsrage
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.

A: Burgundy/brown color with a small off-white head that reduces to a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, and some bread. Reminds me of a dubbel, sort of estery and phenolic.

T: Not as nice as the nose, some banana, chocolate, clove, and butterscotch. A little bit of raisin and dark fruit as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: One of the better "older" vintages.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 22:58:31 | More by mdaschaf
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heresy22

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-07-2013 18:47:49 | More by heresy22
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-03-2013 06:04:30 | More by robbrandes
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DruRho

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2013 23:56:44 | More by DruRho
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.