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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. Rich vanilla beans add a nice counter to the chocolate malt - actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish is smooth, with additional traces of vanilla and toasted characters from French Oak. The goal for this edition of the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series is to be reminiscent of artisanal chocolates accentuated with orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark ruby/black pour with a beige head. Aromas of vanilla and oak. Flavor is big roasty malts with notes of coffee and vanilla. I don’t get any tangerine in this at all and the chocolate character is closer to cocoa bean rather than a chocolate. Oak comes through in the finish as well. Decent, but doesn’t remind me of orange accentuated chocolates at all. Props to StFun for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a dark brown. Nice nose. Oak and bourbon. Dark fruits. Caramel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (757) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber pour 1st of vertical 09-12..pours a dark brown slight black color..creamy tan head and nice amount of carbonation..comes across with coffee and porter like aromatic qualities..clearly getting the chocolate malt as stated via bottle..extremely smooth mouthfeel..very good stuff..best of the 09-12 series in my book..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5226) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into my Funkwerks glass. Black appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, licorice, banana, toasted malts, oak, Belgian yeast, fruity esters and a touch of spice. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Pretty rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Each one of these I try is better than the last.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during 06-10 VE tasting. A: Dark, opaque, mocha head (single finger) which sticks around. Good lacing. Sticky appearence. Good looker. S: Cocoa, malts, anise, cocoas, coffee. I would go on, but why waste my time - this is excellent! T: Again: cocoa, malt, anise, coffee, back end vanilla from oak. Just outstanding. M: Heavy, lower carb. Tacky. Viscous. Resonant. D: This was the best of the bunch. Absolutely outstanding! I will be seeking more of this out. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2013 the beer gods gave to me . . . a nice surprise. Pours a dark brown black with a beige foam head. A very complex aroma. Starts with roast and cherries. Banana, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and candi sugar underneath. Sweet roasty chocolate taste with a nice hop layer for balance. Cherry and vanilla on the backend. Nice medium to thick mouthfeel. I am drinking this a year past the suggested drink by date. I do think it is a pinch past its peak which is a shame. But I am still really enjoying. Very good. Love the complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Another bomber from this series, was $7.99 from Sahara Mart back in the day. Nose is very sweet with jammy fruit, huge orange peel with heavy spice, brown sugared-caramel, earthy and very woody (it’s oak for sure), vanilla and sort of toasted chocolate, faded phenols. Pours a deep, dark brown-black with a large and rocky, dense light brown head. Taste is sultry, gorgeous chocolate, straightaway velvet that’s not too sweet, some cocoa nibs and light char, very faint ash and smouldering cinders that are just lovely. Light bitterness, light vanilla; the sweetness isn’t overbearing but is a little saccharine, and the wonderful fruit allures of the aroma are rudely backgrounded with chubby fingers. The citrus is backed off, as well, and the barrel seemed to have imparted more spicy character than the hops did resin or oil. Plump body is smooth all the way, dense in all aspects but carbonation, which is held to a minimum. Yeast activity also subdued, contributing here mostly feel and generic yeast flavor. A bit of a strange bird, this one, but reason for chocolate lovers to rejoice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle openers late 2013. Reddish brown, no head. The French oak is the star here. The aroma and flavor (almost like bacon??) comes through here. Love it. Also some light malt and sweet plum flavor. A cellar success.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Coffee and chocolate dominate this bad boy. Wow, much better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
Bomber. Black with a mocha head. Chocolate, anise, some alcohol, quite smooth, some lactose, mild carbonation and moderate body, easy to drink, some vanilla sweetness but more bitter on the finish. Probably a little past its prime but still worth trying.

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