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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 718   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 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 (553) - 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 (20429) - 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 (1368) - 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 (1581) - 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 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
Tap. Near black with small head. Chocolate and cardboard. Wish I hadn’t read a previous review, or I probably wouldn’t taste the cardboard, but now I can’t get past it. My least favorite of the Epics I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
Oh wow, What a great complex beer! Chocolate and spice dominated the aroma. The beer poured a thick creamy black. The taste was very chocolatey and fruity but that gave way to the strong wood character and vanilla finish. A very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Dark brown with a good beige head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, wood, raisins. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, well balanced on the palate, touch of booze on the finish. Taste is chocolate, raisins, bourbon, oak.

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