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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 710   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2540) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Very dark purple brown, essentially opaque. Smooth with flavors all over the place. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a citrus peel note emerging. Vinous and tannic at the finish, also a touch dry. Cacophonous is the word here, it seems.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a small layer of froth atop. Aroma: Unsweetened cocoa, light rosemary, fresh bread, bit of fruitiness and a new pair of leather shoes. Taste: Roasted malts,burnt malts, chocolate covered fruits (dried pineapple and orange), wood and smoke notes, and melted caramel. I could go on forever. Mouthfeel: Sexy. Overall: Incredible. I try not to buy into the market speak printed on the bottle, but much of it is spot on. Itís a very luxurious beer, that gets even better as it warms up. While some of the lighter Vertical Epic beers donít seem like they will get ďawesomerĒ, this beer just might be destined for greatness, with a bit of age on it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle from 5 Points. Weird brew. Musty cardboard, chocolate, metallic, oak, and vanilla. A jumbled mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2009
22 oz. from Greens on Ponce De Leon. Oh sure, you want me to be cliche and drink this on 9-9-09, but you know what, it isnít going to happen!!! I am going to have this right now. A Belgian Ale, and this poured like a friggin nice imperial stout!? Whoa, what a good looking beer. Nice black/opaque appearance. An interesting aroma...nice chocolate malts but there is that Belgian aroma as well. To tell you the truth the chocolate/roast/coffee aromas dominate. Not as pungent as I thought it would be. Wow, what an interesting flavor. I get that Belgian flavor at first, and then I get that roast/bitter/coffee flavor at the end. I wasnít expecting this at all. I canít believe someone mixed the Belgian and Stout variety. I am fairly intoxicated, but I know this is something new for me. The spice, banana, fruit, and other stuff they mention is soooo subtle I donít notice it. I just know this is a lovely beer that has me confused; very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3824) - - SEP 4, 2009
pours an almost opaque black. the head forms a beige colored ring around the outside of the glass. aroma suggests stout with lots of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. flavor brings forth toast, chocolate, bitter black coffee, burnt caramel, citrus hops,. not really getting the vanilla thing here. dry, chalky, almost grassy bitter finish with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours black with a brown tinge and creamy tan head, some lacing. Nose is chocolate orange, with some caramel and restrained Belgian yeast character. Flavor is chocolate, roast, yeastiness, more orange/citrus, a little spice, some alcohol towards the end of the glass and a long bitter hop finish that isnít telegraphed elsewhere. It sounded a little kitchen sink, but this is balance and executed well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Draft at Redlight. pours a deep mahogany color. Aroma is roast, some dark fruit notes, and a nice yeasty component. Flavor more assertive than i expected, with a nice hoppy bitterness coming through. very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Draft at redlight. Dark brown color with a foam tan head. Aroma of strong toasted grains, hops, alcohol and some chocolate. Flavor is huge and complex. Smooth roast, chocolate, cinnamon, allspice and all kinds of other stuff with a solid alcohol kick. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - 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, thereís a lot going on, very well done beer. A lot of flavors going on, very nice!

   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, canít wait to try this again in 3 years.

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