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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2009
One of the best beers I have had. Yes a bold chocolate / vanilla flavor that compliments each other soo well. exceptionally well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
rich deep cocoa malts, strong on the coffee with an espresso feeling. mouth feel feels lively. a toasted flavor with vanilla. tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Tap at three floyds... Pours close to black with a medium frothy light beige head... Dusty chocolate aroma with citrus hop notes and even a little yeast... Chocolate and less intense roasted notes with citrus hops and mild bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. Better than decent mouthfeel with a nice fluffy yahoo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Poured dark brown/black, roasted malts, chocolate, spice, little wood, little dark fruits, slight coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a dark brown color with a small off white head. aroma is nice chocolate with some dark fruit aromas as well as some vanillia. Taste is smokey with lots of oak, chocolate, and vanillia. Burnt coffee and some real mild hops. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours dark opaque brown with a thick dense biege head. The nose is chocolate with saw dust. A bit of a raisin note with some peppery clovish character. I think a catch a bit of spruce or mint as well. A lot more chocolate flavor with quite a bit of heat. Full body and dry in the finish. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Nearly black pour with a small light brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee aromas. Flavor is exceptionally smooth with a little fruit, malt, and coffee coming through. Not as sweet as I thought it would be (hops?) and the alcohol is well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009

9/09/2009: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09... Aroma: Boozy chocolate, licorice, and char. Appearance: Opaque, chocolaty brown color; large foamy brown head, reverse cascading effect. Flavor: Intensely sharp dark fruits with undertones of chocolate and banana; quite metallic; spicy; dry, roasty and some tobacco, overly bitter, weird finish. Palate: Medium-full, velvety smooth. Overall: WTF? This is one strange brew. Smells okay, but tastes really strange. I think it needs a bit of time to meld or something... I don’t care for this beer that much at all! It is quite a disaster and doesn’t really work.

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 8.9% Alc/Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at redlight. This smells more like a porter to me than a strong. Maybe a little too much hops to be a porter, but still. Very roasty chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Really like this!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours onyx with 2-finger brown head. Nose is a complex mix of roasty dark malt, cacao, hops, figgy fruit, licorice. Tastes dark malty, with notes of dark choc, molasses, cacao, anise, vanilla, oak, and backup coffee and hops. Gets hoppier late, with a little heat. I did not get much banana or Belgian aromas or flavors from this, and seemed to get more hops.


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