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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 713   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draught at Proof. Pours a motor oil brown on tap with thin film that sticks to the glass. Aroma is earthy, bitter chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste follows, a bitter coffee finish that lasts a while. Good stuff, but not the best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevencon (498) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Black pour tan head. Chocolate and roasty aroma. Tastes like a stout with Belgian yeast. Ehh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1605) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark black opaque.
  Aroma: Aroma orange, booze, faint chocolate.
  Taste: Orange, vanilla, faint chocolate, faint oak.
    Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: These VE beers keep getting fresher, what gives? A solid belgian ale, I believe I do have another in my collection so will try again and update further.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6155) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a mostly opaque black with foamy beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and darm malt with hints of spices. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Another underwhelming Vertical Epic from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
Great pitch black pour with brown head. from tap. Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and belgian yeast are very present aromas/flavors, but not sure if they mix well. I’d heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say I’m not a fan after trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1184) - Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Deep brown with a thick clingy foam. Caramel, chocolate, and toast on the nose. Good body with fine carbonation. Flavors of chocolate and dried red fruit last thru the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikeclj (15) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a great brew chocolate notes from a dark mahogany colored beverage. Slight hop nose and taste balance a maltiness that would be pronounced otherwise. Very complex and balanced. Very good over all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4038) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and thick, fizzy tan head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, light ash, raisins, plums, light floral hops, and light oak. Flavor is roast malt forward with heavy dark fruit esters, light caramel, ash, and light booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2795) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer is near black with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers licorice, molasses, light spice. Smells ok. A touch of dark roast. Mild sweetness with a sturdy malt backbone. Medium bodied with a touch of chocolate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22oz bottle, shared with Greg. Very dark color, near black. Thin light brown head. Good bigger dark fruit, big dark spice. Bitter and spicy taste. Bigger body, light but noticeable carbonation, with a good crisp character. Much better than expected.. One of the better ones from the series, for me.

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