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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, 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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (681) - , 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Pours black with a mostly receding brown head. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, rum, citrus, plum, dark spice, spice, and alcohol. Full boded with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
On tap at the Beer Engine pours very dark brown, almost black with tan head that lingers for a while. Aroma of choclate malt dominate with some coffee. Luscious mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, and finishes semi dry with more chocolate lingering. This is a very smooth beer and is very tasty. One of my favorites in this series that Ive tried for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Surprisingly thick, dark pour. Aroma of clove, banana, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolate. Its been awhile since I had Serpents stout, but this reminds me of it somewhat. Big, long alcohol burn. Kind of a mish mash of flavors, but this aint bad. This should age well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
poured out dark and heavy with a thick frothy mocha colored head that was about an inch thick. smells of citrus, roated malts and chocolate. full bodied and thick and it was awsome on the palate. lacing around the glass. the aftertaste was very suttle and not overpowering and finished very smooth. great brew, and i am cellaring another one for a few years.

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