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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 702   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1610) - 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 (855) - 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 (466) - 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 (506) - 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 (1850) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CardsFan25 (61) - - DEC 28, 2012
Great way to finish my first session at the "World of Beer." Dark with a smooth aftertaste...i can’t wait until next year’s shopping trip!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1646) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Draft at Will’s Pub. Deep brown pour with a creamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, Belgian yeasts, and dreamsicle ice cream. Smooth body with flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, orange peels, with touches of yeast spices. Medium body, rounded out and refined. No trace of alcohol. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
650ml bomber pours almost black in color with a 2 finger light tan head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate with some roasted grains and hints of vanilla and some spice. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with a citrusy and light roasted grain bitterness with some vanilla and spices in there as well. A very well balanced brew which leaves a pleasant sensation on the palate. Would love to try more beers in this series.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.

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