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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 721   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 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 I’ve 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. It’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (593) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Really a Belgian stout.. A ton a cocoa, full carbonation an a thin orange beige head. Thinner palate without much of a hoppy palate as I would have expected after tasting previous years.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1698) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours black coffee rich brown with a healthy tan head of medium bubbles. Nose is medium dry. A bit of roast and hops. Taste is medium bitters with a good amount of hop zing. moderate roast. Full and fluid mouthfeel. Good finish, nice bitters warming on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8592) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
This opaque black beer poured with a massive tan head and a chocolate and plum aroma. The flavor is chocolate and vanilla with a bit of spice and sourness. It’s fairly complex and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3003) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Really enjoyed this one. Hershey syrup colored pour with a meringue-like tan head that peeks out above the glass. Aroma is of cocoa, roasted malt, and vanilla. Lots of charred malt accompanied by dark chocolate, and biscuit. Medium mouthfeel makes this highly drinkable. Yum. It will be interesting when it has some age on it. Will it hold up???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2009
On 9-9-09 Stone brewery released the eighth edition of their Vertical Epic Series exactly 1 year, 1 month and 1 day from the previous years release. These beers are built and designed to be aged until sometime after 12-12-2012, but good luck keeping your hands off of it. This years release is a Belgium style ale brewed with spices and is in fact a complex and layered beer. This beer pours toasty brown color with a creamy caramel colored head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate and citrus leap out of the glass and make the first sip intriguing. Smooth chocolate malts meld well with the Belgium yeast giving it slight banana flavor and hints of baking spice. The addition of tangerine peel balances the palate with notes citrus. The finish is smooth and lingering with additional flavors of vanilla and toasty french oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bomber from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours dark brown with lathery, thick tan head that looks like it’s built to last. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, a slight hint of vanilla and perhaps some elements of anise and citrus. First taste is full, dark, roasty malts, followed by a chocolate flare, then transitioning to something akin to root beer (anise?) before finishing with a carbonated citrusy-sweet, but still smooth and balanced, finish. Everything is well distributed here, and the alcohol burn is slight and only at the very end as it gets to its ultimate destination. This is a fine beer. In fact, for my money, one of the more balanced Stone products I have tasted in some time. Wish they did more like this one, and a little less of the somewhat tiresome Arrogant Bastard style...

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