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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2009
22 oz bomber from EZ Liquors. Pours a deep dark black with an average size to slightly smaller dark tan creamy head. Aroma on this one is roasty but did not have the chocolate aroma I was expecting, instead there was a good dose of citrus and slight wood with a faint touch of vanilla. The palate was nicely done with a full rich body and a creamy finish with rather lively carbonation that could be toned down just a touch but Im sure age will take care of that. The flavor is mostly roasty and burnt malts with slight touches of vanilla and wood. After reading the initial reviews I was expecting something much worse but this one is actually solid and Iím suprised itís listed as a Belgian Strong Ale and not a stout or porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2009
on tap sept.17th A nice dark color with a nice tan head. The aroma is of dark malts,wood,vanilla,chocolate, and hints of fruit. It has a really smooth taste, dark malt,wood,chocolate, and some spice. overall a really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours black with a good amount of tan head. The belgian character is readily evident in the nose, along with several varieties of fruits, a little chocolate, and some vanilla. This beer certainly improves as it warms, and the vanilla notes really enhance the chocolate. The tangerine is less present than some other flavors, but it is there. This is an excellent beer that will only improve with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Fresh bomber pours a dark brown with a big frothy tan head with good retention. Aroma shows heavy chalk, cocoa powder, slight coffee component and a touch of vinousness. No Belgian yeast characteristics noticed, nor any tangerine/citrus peel stuff. Anise is in there too. Flavor is very cola like with some chocolate and vanilla. A lot going on in the flavor. I would call it complex though Iím not sure itís completely harmonious. A caramely, cocoa finish is long and dry. I think this would age well, ironically. This is interesting, for sure, I think I like it but itís kind of all over the place. I still aplaud the effort and perhaps Iíll purchase more to see how this is down the line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. A black beer with a medium sized light brown head. Nose is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and malt. Also in the aroma are notes of anise, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Full body with a smooth velvety mouth feel. Very complex brew lots of nutty, malty notes up front with plum and spice. As it warmed I got more chocolate, oak, and some molasses. Finishes with mild hops bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with some tan head which lasts on the side of the glass. Hmm flavors go all over the place, wasnít quite sure what it was at first. Definitely chocolate, belgian yeasts, citrus, slight vanialla, and oak. All over the place.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Dark brown with a brown head and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and belgian yeast. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, yeast and hops.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3096) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

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