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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16924) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle. Black colored beer with a brown head. Oily malty aroma with tar, chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla and grass notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, tar, oil, some spices and some herbal notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14784) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Bottled (PBF)
Dark, almost opaque black color, good creamy beige head. Some toffee, light licorice, cardboard and grassyness in the nose. Full-bodied. Lots of licorice, coffee, yeast, alcohol. A bit herbal note. Pleasant but way too simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14659) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle at home - Thanks Joergen. Almost black - brown head. Roasted, berries, chocolate, ryebread, light spicy, caramel, bitterness, sweetness, toasted, grainy, straw, fruity, citruc, grassy, piney, vanilla, herbal, spicy. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle, 8.9%. Good creamy and slightly roasted aroma. Almost black colour. Red shine. Good creamy stable light brown head. The flavour is nicely roasted. A little sweet, good creamy note. Some oak, hint of vanilla. Viscous mouthfeel, nicely smooth. Low carboation, but good. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: Pouring into my Piraat tulip glass gives a very fluffy tan head atop a beautiful black beer. S: The first whiff reveals tons of chocolate and dark fruits. Further sniffs give coffee, toffee, spice, and sweet malt. A mild citrus aroma is present, but certainly not a major player. T: The flavor is very interesting. A slight coffee bitterness pairs well with sweetness from chocolate, fruit, and caramel malt. The spice is a bit more subdued than in the nose, but lends a little something to the beer. M: This is a very full bodied beer. The carbonation is moderate and quite appropriate for this beer. D: While this is a "Belgian" beer, the porter characteristics come through much more than the Belgian yeast and spice. This is certainly a "different" beer, but one that I enjoyed and look forward to trying with some age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bomber from Bevmo. Pours dark brown with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aromas of darkly roasted malt, dark fruit, citrus, light fruit esters, yeast/spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts with hot bits. Dark roast malt. Darkish fruit. Banana ester. Yeast. Belgian spice. Finishes towards dry. More bitter than not. Exceptionally tasty ale. It’s really exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop brown/black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast, some vanilla, Belgian yeast, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, dark chocolate, some burnt, fairly dry. Medium body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12407) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle from Party Source on 09/09/09. Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted nutty malt, chocolate and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good brew that may need some age to balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
( 22oz bottle ) Pours a near black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of anise, roasted malt, cocoa, and Belgian yeast. Flavor of roasted malt, anise, Belgian yeast, vanilla, and chocolate with a dry, bitter finish.

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