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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
on draft @ redlight redlight. Milk chocolate aromas,caramelly malts, traces of smoke, with hints of citrus on the nose. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a very thick tan head. Chocolatey malts, roasty, bitter chocolate, black coffee, hints of citrus, spicy, cinnamon and almost a little pepper, there’s a lot going on, very well done beer. A lot of flavors going on, very nice!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kungsarme (1) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2009 does not count
Very young, but still an amazing beer, can’t wait to try this again in 3 years.


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