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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ Petalax Beer Festival 2010 - the 4th. edition.

Clear dark black brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cacao, tobacco, cask wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, alcohol, wood, dry, tobacco. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel light to moderate alcohol. [20100703]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
22 fl oz bottle. POurs dark brown with a thick, creamy and chocolate brown head. Aroma is roasted, light fruity and vague yeasty spiced. Solid roasted and breadish malt flavoured, dry liqourice note and mild hardroasted acidity from the malt. Minor to vague metallic note. Lingering roasted and mild fruity finish. Solid roasted brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
Bottled. A very dark brown beer with a red shine under a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted matl and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate, leading to a bitter chocolaty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an opaque, pitch black with a rich, beige head. Sweet vanilla aroma with a little yeast. Solid body, some hard roasted malts and a whiff of yeast - not very Belgian at all. Hard roasted malt and a little vanilla. Dry, malt biter finish. 030110

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle at Theis og Mette. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel and rye bread with notes of chocolate. Roasted flavour of caramel, rye bread and dark chocolate with notes of spices and hops. Roasted and hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Bottled@PBF2010. Deep ambery brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Good lace. Aroma is yeast, some plum, mild raisins and some sweet malts Flavour is quite much the same. Rather sweet, otherwise quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19322) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2009
Bottled. Very dark brown, minimal head. Aroma of raspberry and chocolate. Drier and slimmer than anticipated wit notes of marzipan. Red berries comes to dominate coffee and chocolate with vanilla on a distance. Marked cocoa bitterness. The best Vertical Epic I can remember!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel and chocolate aroma. Sweetish roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy yeasty caramel and chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
23rd October 2010
Opaque very dark brown beer, thick tan head. Softish palate with moderate carbonation. Dark chocolate malt, very mild spice including a whisper of ginger. Dash of lactose sweetness. A trace of something fruity. Finishes minerally, spicy and dry. Pretty well joined up.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
Black color; small, creamy head. Light roasted malt aroma, very light cream, ashes, milk, cardboard. Strong body, good balance between chocolate and roasted malt, with the required subtle sweetness; light spices; good hopping, obviously a bit hidden in this beer; the final unfortunately starts showing more ashes and roasted malts. Good but confused.


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