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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 723   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerenberger (1596) - 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 itís definitely over hyped. Like many of Stoneís beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
Tap. Near black with small head. Chocolate and cardboard. Wish I hadnít read a previous review, or I probably wouldnít taste the cardboard, but now I canít get past it. My least favorite of the Epics Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - 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 (2300) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Musty nose, chocolate malts and some bitter flavors. Petty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (4121) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black with a nice beige head, aroma of honey, plums, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, chocolate liquor, wood, roast, flavor of coffee, chocolate, honey, brandy, wood, honey, some oranges, medium to full bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11053) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On draught at Brews Cafe. Pours motor oil black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of earthy malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sour fruit and oak. The finish is oaky with a tart fruit aftertaste. Did not have this one when it came out, but still pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Dark brown. Chocolate nose with some baking spices. Foamy almost nitro looking cascading carbonation. Rich dark roast and sweet malt flavors with chocolate. Vanilla and citrus are very subtle. More complex than the wine barrel version that I had. Probably my favorite of the vertical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Healthy tulip pour of deep dark with finger and a half khaki head. Nose is sweet and malty, noticeable chocolate and mild spice. Thank god for mild spice. Flavor is rich and smooth, somewhat velvety, plenty of chocolate and sweetness, mild spice, which is really pleasant. Iím really surprised by this one. I didnít think Iíd dig it, not being a fan of Belgian yeast, but the spice wasnít overbearing and really enjoyable. I guess a couple years on this one was the right call.

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