Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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 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.

Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

May 5, 2005
Belgian Strong Ale
8.5%
45
Amarillo

TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
Deep amber to reddish brown, clear
Aroma
Chocolate, dark toffee, banana esters, candy, bread
Taste
Chocolate toffee, some dried fruit, anise, chocolate roastiness, dark wheat, fig, raisin, coffee, sherry, leather
Palate
Medium body, finished clean and dry, good carbonation, creamy, crisp, big flavor
Overall
Very nice, delicious.
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Buffalo sliders, hoisin/ginger beef skewers, spinach-stuffed portobellos, bacon
Soups
Beef and barley, goulash, cream of mushroom
Entrées
Prime rib, tri-tip, lamb shoulder, pork mole
Desserts
Fig Newtons, milk chocolate, toffee pudding, pecan pie
Cheeses
Morbier, Mizithra, Stilton, Winchester Gouda
Cigars
Casa Magna Colorado Diadema, Camacho Corojo Figurado, Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series