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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 725   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1894) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Dark brown. Chocolate nose with some baking spices. Foamy almost nitro looking cascading carbonation. Rich dark roast and sweet malt flavors with chocolate. Vanilla and citrus are very subtle. More complex than the wine barrel version that I had. Probably my favorite of the vertical.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Healthy tulip pour of deep dark with finger and a half khaki head. Nose is sweet and malty, noticeable chocolate and mild spice. Thank god for mild spice. Flavor is rich and smooth, somewhat velvety, plenty of chocolate and sweetness, mild spice, which is really pleasant. Iím really surprised by this one. I didnít think Iíd dig it, not being a fan of Belgian yeast, but the spice wasnít overbearing and really enjoyable. I guess a couple years on this one was the right call.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI. Aroma: Maple syrup and malt, salted caramel Appearance: dark brown or black. Trace of light brown suds were temporarily on top. Taste: Average Carbonation. Sour taste with smokiness and sudsy soap texture. An overall oily chocolate with citrus zest flavor. Finish: Bitter soapy finish. More sour tartness too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color, almost opaque with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring and splotchy lace. S: Roasted malts with some light chocolate undertones and a little anise. Thereís some earthy greeness to it as well. T: Dark fruit, prunes and some roast. A light chocolate is noticeable, but unfortunately this one is slightly oxidized as well. Light cardboard with some woody oak and dirty earthiness. M: Medium heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasted and dry finish. O: There was an odd earthiness to it and the French oak didnít mesh well. Slight oxidation detracted from the overall "enjoyment" as well. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
This was tough to throw into a particular Belgian style. It smelled like a Dubbel with bread and malts. It looked like a strong ale with a deep brown with a purple tint. Very minimal head, a ring really. However, the carbonation held up well. Medium body and weight. Nice strong flavors that mixed well, more malts, roastiness, maybe some chocolate as the bottle suggests but not upfront or sweet. Slight hops bitterness on some sips but missing with others. Overall, worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (4092) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black, opaque with tan head. Faint wood/ ash and some chocolate aroma, dry bitterness, some coffee-like sourness and a little wood. Medium body, smooth texture and soft fizz. Long, roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Proof. Pleasant cocoa, smoke, earthy, dark fruit. Tastes are brown sugar, raisin, vanilla, earth, spice. Medium light drinkable for the verts. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours black, tan head, tons of flavor. Smokey, oak, chocolate aroma. Taste is similiar but subtle hints of citrus, vanilla, and toasted malts. Complex but very easy to drink. I love this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark, rich, full of flavor...3 or so years might be the right amount to age this sort of strong ale. Lots of fruit, some roastyness, sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Roasty aroma with lots of dark chocolate and light vanilla notes. Roasty flavor of chocolate, a bit of cocoa, coffee notes and light spicy and woody notes. Medium to full-bodied.

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