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RATINGS: 717   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Pours black with tan head. Roasty aroma, with smell of candi and vanilla. Thick and spicy flavor, that is sweet but finishes clean. Smooth with notes of coffee and cola in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3963) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle shared with slines and MmmcKay. Pours a very near black with ring of brown head. Nose is anise, coriander, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is not quite as good. It is íoverly blendedí imo. No real stand out flavors, just a melding of chocolate, oak, and citrus, maple, vanilla. I just donít know if I can get behind this one. Semi bitter finish. Maybe this one will be better on 12/12/12....

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle from Frugal MacDoogalís in Nashville. Pours black with a brown head that stays for the length of the drink. Chocolaty aroma. Okay, the taste is something else. From what I can tell, Iíll say that it was a complex porter. A lot of coffee and chocolate tastes, but like a hint of... banana? Anyways, it was good, and Iím going to buy another bottle to age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light citrus and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish. Tastes like a decent stout, but nothing Belgian or fruity like the bottle says.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
black body with a dark brown head.the aroma is a mix of oatmeal,chocolate,vanilla.with a roasted nutty finish.flavor is a mix of smoke,burnt roasted malts,ash,alcohol,chocolate,and a strange bitter/spicy finish.reminds me of skullsplitter in a way.and i did not care for the beer either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2009
On tap at Three Floyds. Deep dark pour with a thick brown head. Roasted malt aroma along with hints of chocolate, sweet fruits, yeast. Flavor was roasted malt, hints of vanilla, oak, citrus. The flavors came out as the beer warmed in my hand. It was served too cold in my opinion. Good thing for patience.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Thanks to Jim for bringing the bottle. Dark brown with a medium creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate with hints of citrus and coffee. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, mild alcohol, and some light orange on the finish. Mild roasted bitterness and minor warming as it warmed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2969) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2009
22 oz. bottle. 8.9% ABV per the bottle.. Pours a thin mocha head, with a bit of lacing over a clear, dark brown (SRM 40) body.....nose is dominated by coffee and chocolate, with a bit of vanilla and wood....taste initially is coffee bitterness, which evolves into mild sweet malt and finishes with further coffee/hop bitterness which lingers.....mouth feel is thick and creamy, and this is aided by the medium carbonation. I understand that this is young and needs some time to mature. I was still somewhat disappointed, because the kilned and heavily roasted malts really dominated more than I expected. It will be interesting to check its maturation. Also this is really on the absolute edge of the Belgian Strong category. How about calling it an Imperial Porter??

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Wow! Does this beer have an identity crisis going on here or what? Itís a Belgian Strong Ale, but no wait, itís a porter, but wait again, itís a stout! Iím a little muddle-headed as to which way Stone wanted to go with this offering? Well, I checked out Stoneís website, and it is best described as a Belgian style Imperial Porter; so I guess Iíll go with that for now. A strong smokey aroma, almost as if someone snuck a charcoal briquette into my glass when I wasnít looking. Also, I detect hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is absolutely mind-blowing! There is so much going on here that after the first few sips it almost doesnít make sense, so I let the beer sit for a while, and things started coming together. This beer reminded me a lot of Cazeau Tournay Noire, which just so happens to be a true Belgian Stout - go figure! ~

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle. I love Stone as much as the next guy, but I did not enjoy this beer and I was so looking forward to it. We were pairing it up with some smores on a trip to a cabin and I thought it would be wonderful. I picked up on the notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of citrus from the peel, but I found it to be chalky and dry. I trust Stone and Iím giving them the benefit of doubt. They say not to drink it until 12-12-2012, so Iíll get another bottle and hold on to it and re-rate it in a few years


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