Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -13%
From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for the Stone Tap Takeover event.
a - Pours a dark amber color with 1 inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol.
t - Tastes of dark fruit, sugar, bready and caramel malts. Not bad but a little too sweet.
m - Medium body and low carbonation.
d - A decent strong dark ale, but it seemed more like a barelywine to me after these 5 years. I thought the taste was too sweet. Probably wouldn't seek out again.
10-05-2010 20:13:31 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Sampled May 2005
Pours a deep, rich, amber color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy light brown to amber colored head that dissapears after a couple of minutes. As I pour this beer I get a definite note of cloves. As I go in deeper I get notes of concentrated plum, raisins, figs, chocolate and alcohol. The taste is sweet and fruity up front, but then moves to a spicy slightly harsh note in the finish. The rich fruitiness is quite good and reminds me of raisins, and figs. The finish is astringent with notes of higher alcohols, spicy notes of pepper and clove, and hints of roasted malt and chocolate.
I will say this, this is the first one of these that I actually see lasting a couple of years, it is still a bit young and harsh around the edges. This should be quite nice once the harsh notes in the finish mellow out and the fruitiness comes to the fore.
05-16-2005 04:27:37 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
12-14-2012 02:34:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: pours a clear ruby color with a one finger head that falls quickly to a surface foam. No lacing develops.
Smell: load of pitted fruits and alcohol.
Taste: the sweet malt is paired with black cherry, prunes, pepper, mild bitterness, and noticeable alcohol. The flavors are wrapped in a mild earthiness.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the fruits and alcohol. Medium-heavy in body.
Drinkability: this is a beer that will improve with some aging. The alcohol at times seems to dominate. Definite slow sipper here.
03-26-2006 16:25:44 | More by Gavage
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
02/03/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.
Appearance- Dark copper in color with a large 2 inch at least head. Huge chunks stick to the side of my glass and make it a bitch to clean. Damn lacing ;) One of the tops I have seen for the style.
Smell- Lots of dark fruits mingling around. Hops as well...this is Stone...remember? Dates, raisins, plums...you name it.
Taste- The hops are here, but only a touch in the aftertaste. One of the least hoppy beers from Stone. Lots of fermemnted plums and dates with a nice little red box of raisins on the side.
Mouthfeel- This one gets very smooth as it really warms. Carbonation starts out mid level and gets cask smooth towards the end. Not really creamy, but super smooth.
Drinkability- This one contends with most of the top line Belgian brewed Dark Ales. Quite flavorful and highly recommended. Need to get a few more of these before I can't find them.
02-05-2006 04:39:37 | More by GClarkage
2.45/5 rDev -37.3%
Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that immediately fizzles away into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.
Slightly spicy, leathery malt aroma that makes it seems more like a barley wine than anything else at this stage. Earthy malts with hints of leather, toffee, subtle dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Faint piney nag grassy hops provide somewhat of an herbal character that's followed by pepper anise and licorice. Not very impressive.
Fuller bodied than expecting and thankfully more interesting than the aroma suggests. Decent balance of dark malt, earthy hops and zesty spice. None of the flavors have seemed to have held up very well, however, with somewhat stale and faded character. The malt profile stands out more than in the nose but it is earthy and leathery like a barley wine and lacking in sweetness and roast. Kind of watered down as well with faded spicy, grassy hop flavor. Slightly earthy and resinous complimented by a peppery spice presence that gives off some clove and anise. As with most of the beers inths series, this beer which was interesting upon release is kind if a faded mess at this point. I wish I would have opened it few years ago.
12-24-2012 06:30:57 | More by corby112
4.3/5 rDev +10%
Appears a dark reddish brown with a 2 inch tan head. No signs of lacing.
Smells of dark fruit (figs, and raisins), toasty malt, rich molasses, and spicy clove.
The taste is of a full bodied alcohol taste of all the aforementioned aromas swirling within a rich, hearty mixture.
The mouthfeel is smooth with spiciness and alcohol that runs through the palate with roastiness and a nuttiness that lingers shortly.
Drinkability is good. A Belgian style that comes through even better as it warms, relasing phenols of biscuit and cocoa.
Finger licking good.
07-15-2005 02:55:55 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
22 oz bottle.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, nuts, baker's chocolate, and bread. Much sweeter flavor than expected. Toffee and caramel, brown sugar and figs. Medium thick and moderate carbonation. A little stale in the finish, but enjoyable.
01-13-2013 18:46:49 | More by yourefragile
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Bomber bottle with usual stone brewery blather all over the bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head evolving to the obligatory tiny bubble film and leaving some scattered and spotty lacing upon swirling the glass. Faint nose of cola and fruit. Chewy, lightly chocolaty brew. Notes of some vanila cola, bourbon, fruits and nuts. Thoroughly delicious. Rum soaked cherries in the finish. More top quality suds from the master brewers at Stone. Put some of this away or crack open and enjoy today.
01-21-2006 21:09:55 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
(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.
04-23-2013 16:25:27 | More by rhoadsrage
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a clear brown ale that turns ruby colored when held up to the light. Light brown head.
Smell is clearly Belgian coriander is the first thing that hits your nose. Clear acid note to this similar to sour apples. Smells of apples and spice. Alcohol is detectable and it carries the scents of banana and mango.
Taste is fairly malty and more bitter than I would have expected. Intense flavor and a quite thick beer. Flavor isn't as complex as the smell at least partly because the bitterness level is hiding flavors still. I can taste coriander and fruitiness but I can ID any separate flavors. A citrus hop flavor appears in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good, and quite thick.
A good drinkable Belgian style beer already but this needs aged 2 or so years to rein in the hops and let the fruit flavors show up.
08-23-2005 04:55:52 | More by Zorro
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bottle purchased somewhere local, Spirit Haus, Town & Country, or Julio's, most likely.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" of brown head over the burgundy brew. Head hangs around nicely, with average to good lacing. Aroma is spicy bread. The taste is yeasty raisin bread, with a tempered alcohol finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but could smooth out a bit. I expect the some age will do this.
08-28-2005 19:59:56 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
3.56/5 rDev -9%
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good.
01-12-2013 21:12:12 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
A darker pour, some head but not much. Beautiful red hue when held to the light. Huge maltiness off the bat. Followed by definite detection of hops. How do they continuously fit both these in one sitting? Malt huge in the backdrop and hops big in the front end of the mouth. Aroma not perfect (on Stone standards which are significantly higher than others) but not too far from it! Hops found in the aftertaste too, lends bitterness. A great finish. Seems to be holding up well. Very lively, makes for a great drink to share with friends. Kudos again to Stone and big thanks again Dr. Jay!
04-16-2006 16:09:25 | More by biegaman
Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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