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05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
8.50 % ABV


 
Review by rhoadsrage on 04/23/13  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2005
(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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Pours a light brown but parks in the glass a dark cherrywood tar with a low watt lamp glow. Firm, yellow-tanned creamy froth sits about a half inch tall, folds down to a light skim and skinny collar. Microcosmicly thin sheeting is placed ever so lightly around the edge with some normal looking ink blobs sticking in a few areas.

Aroma is airy and pleasantly rounded in a soft display of tootsie roll chocolate, tender black licorice spice, plum, pale raisin, and the lightest of light hint of raspberry.

Taste plays a little bit different then what the aroma leads to with more of a pale nut and light enduced roasty realm mixing with a milder tone of dark fruity malts. Banana, dull plum, even more so dulled raisin, slender nut bread and doughy hints of sweetness with puffs of dark cherry, licorice, and anise on the back end trailing into very deep and dark tanged molasses hangs on to a dry airy roast of an empty coffee can. Very subtle flavors continue to emerge and layer into some fairly complex characteristics as slick dark chocolate mingles into some of the flavors once it warms, as does alcoholic esters and dry yeast effects. Beautifully subtle and soft.

Feel is about medium with just the right amount of give and take on the carbonation as its mildly effervescent and malty rich with smooth, soft, and slippery tones. Ghostly dark in character without giving away the farm with over abundant flavors or body. Its subtlety is amazingly complex and rich with style. Damn good stuff! Appreciation is in full mode for this finely crafted brew.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 04/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Thanks to Westsidethreat for the bottle.

A - Pours a nice medium brown body with gorgeous garnet highlights. Head is about one inch tall and oatmeal in color, made up of tight bubbles.

S - First time I have ever gotten a big old whiff of gingerbread from a brew, but there it is. Brown Sugar. Toffee. Light caramel. Light fruitiness.

T - Starts out with some nice roastiness, with a backbone that seems to derive from faint coffee. Dark fruits with raisins and prunes. There's a spice component I am trying to put my finger (or tongue) on. I think it's a combination of cinnamon and clove. Hops are faded, but what is there is a touch spicy with a hint of black pepper. There it is, the gingerbread I smelled a couple minutes ago. Roasty spicy flavors last the whole way through, lasting well into the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is still a touch biting.

Overall - Nice brew that age seems to have been kind to. Wish I had notes from fresh to compare it to. I will be having this again at a later time. Can't wait.

Served In: Goblet

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