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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours black with a strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and flavorful body with notes of caramel and chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (1688) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a tall, well-retaining root beer head. Butterscotchy-toffee nose. Pretty slick, medium- to full-body. A bit sticky on the lips. A bit of a sting around the edges of the tongue. Chocolate chip, a bit of raisin, and some oaky flavors. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Beer poors black with a full tan head. Aroma has sweet fruity esters with a strong vanilla aromas and a slight bubblegum note. Flavor is a slight roast bitterness with a nice mild sweetness. Great creamy palate with a smooth finish. No real great beer. Wish I would have bought more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle, split. A: Thick oily black with a cappuccino head. Really nice lacing on this. N: Cocoa, licorice, oxidation, char, anise, some cola and vanilla. T: Very bitter with a balancing touch of sweetness. Heavy on the oak and hops. Hints of oxidation. Pretty nice. M: Thick and oily. Has a full mouthfeel. O: One of my favorites of the series. Has aged well at approximately 3 years old. More of a hoppy stout to my palate.

   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 (2281) - 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 (2020) - 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 (572) - 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 (23044) - 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.

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