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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8015) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
draft@Stone vs. Moeder: pitch-black with a creamy mocha head, smells like chocolate malt, cocos, sweet dark fruits & chocolate truffles, taste is dark chocolate, thick, slightly roasted malts, slightly bitter but also sweet with cane sugar, caramel, slight liquorice, chocolate syrup, chocolate pie, minor coffee, some wood, not really picking up much vinous on this one, malt & chocolate yummyness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Black color, big cheeze hole bubble light brown head. Sweet, lactic, wood scent. Sweet, vinous, oak, red wine, chocolate taste. Oak and dry roasted malty aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also some coca-cole notes in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9247) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draft @ Stone vs. Moeder event, Moder Lambic, Brussels. Brune foncée, col crémeux/beige. Arôme, malt, vin rouge et fût de chêne, le vin donne un aspect de vin cuit allant dans le sens d’un excellent Porto. En bouche, saveur du vin est intense, fruitée et réchauffant au palais. Garde cet aspect fruité; raisin et vin rouge, un malt grillé avec une pointe de chocolat et en retrait une note de houblons américains. Je reviens sur ce côté de Porto car en effet, le vin rouge est réchauffant, fruité un peu sucré/caramélisé sans pour cela donner une note aigre que l’on retrouve parfois dans certains traitements de vin rouge. Le tout se mélange à merveille avec le malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9470) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draught Huge, greige head over jet-black beer. Vanilla², chocolate, vanillawood, if that exists. Vanillabeans, chocolate, double (chocolate)cream. Extremely well-bodied, viscous, oily-slick. Superb vinous stout-like beer. I do not really taste the winebarrels, but that doesn’t harm it one little bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Tap @ small bar. Wow, what an improvement over the originak. Pours a nice dark brown with thin head. Malty nose with hints of playdough..flavors are awesome though...big malty waves with wine barrell induced playdough funk...chunky and good with a complete disappearance of any crummy vertical spic yeast nonsense that kills the regular releases, the wine barrel hear has really done this beer a marvelous makeover and I could seriously drink this shit endlessly...which I am doing now as I’m on my 4th in a row.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On tap at Stone for Winterstorm 2011. Mellow malty sweet nose. Bit of mid fruit and a bit of wine. Dark brown to black in the glass. Mouthfull is warm fuzzy malt. High red wine sweetness builds. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or so of tan/khaki colored head. S: Not exactly what I was anticipating, but good. Lots of oak with a definite smoke and char note (from the barrel?). The roasted malt note is strong and there’s a bit of vanilla and a decent amount of red wine. T: The flavor is also very heavy on the roast. There’s more of the dark chocolate and coffee notes that I remember from the original beer. A decent amount of wine but still lots of oak and a moderate charred character. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. D: Surprisingly good, given the awfulness of VE 07 in Red Wine barrels. I’d actually consider having this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Tap @ Stone. Pours an opaque deep brown with a small off white head. Mild nose of oak, baking spices and faint vinous notes. Very light tartness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Tap at brewery during 2011 Winter Storm. Pours the same pitch black as normal 09 VE but with no head. However, a light swirling regenerates an impressive layer of beige foam. In the aroma, the cooked hot dogs I found in the regular 09 becomes even more prevalent while the burnt malt notes of the regular 09 are more muted here (I assume a year in the wine barrel softens it out). The wine barrel also imparts some light fruit notes to the nose. Flavor still has the dark roasted and burnt malt character up front but somewhat weaker than in the regular. There is still some pleasant coffee and creamy chocolate in the taste. The wine actually seems to lighten the body. Not sure why Stone chose to put what is essentially a Belgian porter into a wine barrel...I feel a brandy barrel might have been more appropriate. I quite liked the regular 09 VE (scored 4.2) and this is still good but I would prefer to drink the regular. (12, 455)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
This was the unsung hero at winter storm. It was very dark brown with a reddish hue. Smells of smoke, oak, sweet red fruits, dominated the aroma. The taste was malty with notes of oak, and red wine. Very pleasant flavors and was one of the best I had at the storm. If you are looking for a push to go try it consider yourself shoved!

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