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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13598) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13392) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12547) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Dark brown, few bubble head. Aroma of chocolate and cardboard. Taste is bitter cocoa and milk chocolate, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11533) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hansakompagniet, Malmö.
Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy, beige head. Okay lacing. Aroma has plums, chocolate, raisins, light liqourice, mildly vinious. Medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is mildly sweet, fat chocolate, light roasted, softly fruity, nice cocoa. Lingering malty bitter finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a big rich brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is roasty-dark malt, orange peel, spice/wood hops. Some chocolate as it warms. Taste is chocolate/roasty-dark malt/bready, orange peel, spice/wood/earthy hops. Thanks JWC for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11060) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, 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.

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