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RATINGS: 701   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (887) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle purchased online, served in a stem glass alongside the 10-10-10 at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours deep chestnut with a medium tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of earth, vanilla and chocolate, along with fruity esters, roasted malts and a touch of dust. The flavour is medium sweet with roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Banana and tropical fruit are present but quite subtle, along with a Belgian spiciness. The finish is long and roasty with banana notes and chocolate notes. On the palate it is full in body with a creamy, slightly dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great dark ale with fruity and chocolate notes. Complex and elegant, a great Belgian-style ale. 2014-06-07

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex. I’ve given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. I’m super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know I’ll never have it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate Malts, Cocoa, Mild Banana Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Dark Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts, Mild Burnt Coffee, Mild Banana Bread Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, mildly Drying

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is deep brown with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor of licorice, anise, vanilla, toffee, and cocoa. Finish has a bit more vanilla sweetness than the body. Dry.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wactuary (6) - USA - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
Wow! In tap at gaslight. Nose is of rich chocolate malt mingle with Belgian yeast spicy and fruity aromatics. Poured a dark rich black with a thick head that could have lingered longer. Flavor is full and complex chocolate, burnt toast and coffee malts with mild citrus hop flavor and some fruity notes. Body is medium full bit on no way cloying. Overall it’s like a delicious imperial stout but with a nice Belgian character that adds and builds to the chocolaty character. Really fantastic! This example shows no negative signs of age or oxidation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Dark orange-brown with tan head S: Cocoa, chocolate orange, dairy cream, roasty malt, banana, clove, peppery spices, aged oak, timid coffee and a pinch of cayenne. T/M: Chocolate sheet cake, cocoa powder, chocolate orange, orchard fruit, hints of vanilla bean. Creamy but grainy feel in a full body with prickly carbonation. Smooth finish of chocolate and oak. O: Huge chocolate base with varying types and a good oak aged flavor that developed nicely. Bold flavors and one to really enjoy. Serving type: bottle

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (971) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark ruby/black pour with a beige head. Aromas of vanilla and oak. Flavor is big roasty malts with notes of coffee and vanilla. I don’t get any tangerine in this at all and the chocolate character is closer to cocoa bean rather than a chocolate. Oak comes through in the finish as well. Decent, but doesn’t remind me of orange accentuated chocolates at all. Props to StFun for the bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1582) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a dark brown. Nice nose. Oak and bourbon. Dark fruits. Caramel. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (499) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber pour 1st of vertical 09-12..pours a dark brown slight black color..creamy tan head and nice amount of carbonation..comes across with coffee and porter like aromatic qualities..clearly getting the chocolate malt as stated via bottle..extremely smooth mouthfeel..very good stuff..best of the 09-12 series in my book..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2080) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into my Funkwerks glass. Black appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, licorice, banana, toasted malts, oak, Belgian yeast, fruity esters and a touch of spice. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Pretty rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Each one of these I try is better than the last.


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