05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.91 | pDev: 12.53%
Mar 25, 2017
May 06, 2005
Very Good
05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale
Notes: 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.
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Ratings by doubleipa:
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2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by doubleipa from Georgia

What a dissapointment. I was so looking forward to cellaring a bunch of these until 2012. Unfortunately I'm not too optimistic. Virtuallly zero head, though good lacing. Body was clear with an anlmost black color. Not much in the way of aroma. Mostly raisin and dark cherry. Very sweet flavor with a very long finish. Maybe a bit of coffee. Texture was watery and flat carbonation. I was unimpressed. It's not very good now so I don't see how it will get any better.

Jul 02, 2007
More User Ratings:
3.86 by unclekeith from Alaska on Mar 25, 2017
3.92 by smi69 from New York on Feb 14, 2016
4 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 06, 2015
3.75 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Dec 06, 2015
3.5 by GRG1313 from California on Nov 11, 2015
3.46 by MickeyHops from California on Oct 04, 2015
4 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania on Apr 19, 2015
3.94 by Poupae from Thailand on Mar 16, 2015
4 by enelson from Illinois on Mar 04, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed semi-dried blood color. Short head that falls quickly.

3.5 S: Strong, musty "old beer" smell. Caramel, toasty, raisin. Pepper and clove spiciness. Cocoa powder, anise, and light roastiness. Overall, pretty decent - held up well.

3.5 T: Big toastiness, light roast, caramel, chocolate. Anise, pepper, clove. Tastes like a well aged beer that was pretty good fresh.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. This is pretty damn good. Very impressed.

3.5 D: Easily my favorite so far. Not bad at all.

Jan 18, 2015
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Dec 15, 2014
3.75 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California on Oct 15, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by UCLABrewN84 from California

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, dark fruit, and fruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruity characteristics that are holding up surprisingly well for being over 9 years old at this point.

Serving type: on tap.

Sep 27, 2014
3.92 by shoegueuze from California on Sep 24, 2014
3.75 by malfunxion from New York on Aug 25, 2014
4 by kingmaker from Louisiana on Aug 19, 2014
4.25 by dcisco44 from Massachusetts on Aug 08, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
3.75 by Rothobinide from California on Jun 28, 2014
3.5 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Jun 15, 2014
4 by midlifec from Michigan on Apr 27, 2014
4.25 by afsdan from Colorado on Apr 09, 2014
3.75 by Kurmaraja from California on Apr 07, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)

Pours black and opaque, with a good head.

This slr shows obvious barrel aging effects, including a smooth feel and well blended flavors. It's warm with an estery finish and aftertaste; otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Flavors include vanilla, toffee, dried fruit and light spicing. Semi-dry finish.

Mar 06, 2014
3.25 by imperialking from Illinois on Feb 14, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by scootny from New York

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

Feb 03, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by blindtiger24 from Colorado

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Claret colored, splotchy head.

S: Rum raisin smell that signals a boozy flavor.

T: Gingerbread and raisin flavor.

M: Sweet, boozy, warming mouthfeel that is creamy.

O: Raisin flavors and smells are not the most enticing. Nice mouthfeel and appearance.

Jan 22, 2014
3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Jan 22, 2014
4 by BuckTuckian from Kentucky on Dec 30, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KYGunner from Kentucky

Eight year old Five poured like a flat Coca Cola as the color was definitely that of Coke but the head failed to rise significantly.

The aroma held wine or port like qualities with a lot of fermented dark fruit and a meaty savory scent.

The flavor is fantastic as it holds strong toffee notes, peanut brittle, caramel malt, dry port wine and buckwheat.

The feel is smooth, a little full and surprisingly crisp.

This was a really interesting ride from normal Strong Dark Ales and really ran the opposite way of expectation. Aging did this Ale very well.

Dec 14, 2013
4 by jkball01 from Kentucky on Dec 14, 2013
3.25 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts on Nov 24, 2013
3.75 by mothman from Minnesota on Nov 09, 2013
4 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on Oct 21, 2013
2.5 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Oct 14, 2013
3.5 by bum732 from Lesotho on Oct 13, 2013
4.5 by jaybrough from Arizona on Oct 12, 2013
2 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
3.75 by TXhomebrewer from Texas on Aug 19, 2013
05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 318 ratings