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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours black as night with a smallish tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is huge chocolate, coffee, with a touch of citrus. Finish is oaky vanilla bean. This in bourbon barrels for 6 months, OMG! Great brew!!!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3198) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours a dark opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is not strong but tempting, coffee-ish with a tone of unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is richer than the aroma, mainly of roast coffee with an undertone of unsweet chocolate. Each sip seems different - one has a nutty hint, one toffee and one molasses. Tingly, sassy texture leaves a finish of fine roast coffee. Pity this is a once-only offering!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2009
I really dig this one: miles ahead of last’s years brew. The coffee tinged chocolate aligned with plum-like fruits in an expresso finish are nice. The tobacco-esque bitterness underneath (the oak methinks) might be a bit overdone but the rest holds.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, banana, and vanilla aroma as advertised. Tastes of chocolate nibs, citrus, dark roasted coffee notes with vanilla and some spice, maybe cinnamon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head that laced. Aroma of orange, Belgian yeast easters, fruity and spicy yeast notes, some roasted malt and chocolate character. Flavor of deep roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, orange, banana and clove, fruity yeast notes from the Belgian yeast. Chocolate notes linger and the orange accent it nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle pours deep black with a light tan, creamy head. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee/espresso, and tobacco. Solid body with a robust body of chocolate and roasted malts. Deep chocolate flavor but not sweet chocolate. More bittersweet. Smooth body for the amount of alcohol. Easy going down and very enjoyable. My favorite out of the last few years version. Not sure how it will age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Tastes of coffee, raisens, and spices probably my favorite of the vertical epic series thus far (i have only had 04-09). Pours a deep dark brown with medium sized tan head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Super dark black with a good two inches of brown head, it looks like a stout. It smells a lot like malty chocolate and the taste is quite similar with the addition of a belgian yeastiness that saves this from being a stout in my mind. Still, maybe its a Belgian-style stout. I got not hint of orange-chocolate candy. This was very average to me, it was neither offensive nor impressive despite the uniqueness of the beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-13-2009 02:59:24

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Pours a deep rich brown with a light tan head. Aromas are of coffee, hops and a light vanilla. Some bitter chocolate is on the forefront, followed by the above notes. Standard Stone beer....Lots of alcohol in the flavor followed by a substantial Hop count. This one may do really well to sit for some time. Fresh its a bit sub par, but still a damn good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. There is a strong aroma of chocolate. The taste of the beer is also predominately chocolate and is a little bit spicy. Alcohol flavor that lingers in the throat.


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