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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 706   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3607) - 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 (2618) - 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 (6579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap @ Max’s. Near black pour with an off-white head. Nose of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and orange. The vanilla comes through as well as chocolate and citrus. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1660) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill Tasted a 3 year old beer for the first time. Vanilla an malt. Mellow flavor after 3 years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (890) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Type: Draft Glass: Snifter From: Ciro’s Pizza Price: $7.00 Misc.: N/A Poured a black color with two fingers (when I got it) of tan head. Below average lacing on the sides, good retention on the top all the way down. Smelled sour fruit, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, earthy red wine, raspberries and toffee. Tasted similar to the nose, bourbon, tobacco, earthy red wine, raspberries and chocolate. Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. A decent beer for sure. I would be like to try another and see if my ratings differ.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours a dark brown with thin head. Wonderfull aroma: licrorice, vanilla, wood, figs and other dark fruit. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. The sweetness and vanilla really come out as it warms, also some bread and cereal notes, Worth the wait, outstanding,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gpekar (467) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Poured a very dark brown and looked almost black in the glass. There was a tall light brown foamy head with large bubbles. The head became more creamy and left some light lacing. The aroma was mostly chocolate with a hint of alcohol and some mild citrus as well. The initial taste was a mild dark chocolate with a tiny bit of driness. A building more bitter dark chocolate flavor comes through in the middle with some vanilla. The dark chocolate flavor becomes more of a milk chocolate flavor and the bitterness subsides towards the finish leaving a nice mellow finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (513) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours inky brown, black in the glass, with a medium tan head, fine lacing, good retention. Aromas of chocolate, oak, tangerine, cherry, spice, grass, and toast. Medium body, smooth, dry. Mildly sweet, lingering medium bitter finish. The flavor improves as it warms. Good use of adjuncts to enhance the experience, very pleasing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz. bottle: I was surprised I hadn’t recorded this one earlier. This one pours a dark, inky brown color. There was a bit of a light brown head on it that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. This has a very nice nose to it. Chocolate, vanilla, yeast, spices, perhaps some orange and a hint of coffee. The taste is very good. Rich and full, with actually a touch of bitterness on top of all those malts. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, some spiciness, citrus. An excellent combination.

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