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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 721   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
This was one of the first brews that I bought from a back cellar of a store when I first got onto this site. At almost four years old (but kept in a frig as the Stone guys did with all of their’s), I am confident it isn’t entirely oxidized, but here we go. Dark cola pour with a medium dense mocha head. Smell is sweet caramel, with intense dark fruits, some distant vanilla, cocoa, leather and tobacoo have morphed from the age I suppose. Quite magnificent. Taste is big plum/dried grape, faded chocolate, tobacco, and sad to say oxidation plays quite a part here. I think this would have been really nice originally, but even though refrigeration played a role for the last 2.5 years, this is a case where aging did not do justice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours brown with a sudsy head. Aroma has roasted malt some chocolate yeast and vanilla. Taste is much the same with the vanilla and Belgian yeast showing through. Palate is thin to medium and slick with a chalky dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2017) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Rich dark brown pour, frothy carbonation and an aroma of chocolate and a little sweet vanilla. Flavor is also light slightly bitter chocolate, a little vanilla and dry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and malt. Taste is sweet, slightly citrusy, with cocoa and coffee in the back end. Finish is slightly bitter with some vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresyourball (565) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Tasted at a bottle share, thanks Jasen. Pours black with a beige head. Nose is chocolate, wood, coffee. Flavor follows with some roastiness, dark fruits, booze, citrus. Overall just strange and not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel and chocolate aroma. Sweetish roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy yeasty caramel and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1391) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Tan head, jet black colour. yeasty aroma, chocolate and vanilla with a cake aroma. sweet taste with chocolate and a liqueur character with a spiced taste bit and stout like. nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Near black pour with tan head; minimal retention. Big chocolate cake nose with lots of vanilla. A little less chocolaty on the palate with more pronounced vanilla and some other nice spicy notes. Full bodied and fairly silky; a little warm but very pleasant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerenberger (1584) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, Belgian yeast, and vanilla with a hint of fruit. Pours a beautiful, unexpected, black-brown with a khaki ring and no lacing. The taste is amazing! Chocolate, vanilla, wood, toasty malts, with notes of citrus. Full body with soft carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel. Slight tongue tingle after the swallow. Overall, this is an excellant beer! Seems like it ought to be a stout, but who cares this one is a winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.

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