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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 660ml bottle (dunno which webshop, maybe biercompass.de)
Lovely rich roasty aroma, some chocolate hints. Basically black, sticky large tan head. Very full palate, smooth, and in some ways a bit slick, but it’s working for me at the moment (I have a bit of a cold). Great roast, some more of the chocolatey aspects, earthy hops, touch of a metallic tooth-coating noble hop bitterness too. Finish starts with a slight burntness, then some cocoa-powdery chocalitiness. But some lovely dark treacle too. The earlier sips were so gentle - no sign of 8.6% at all. It does get just a little headier as it warms, but it never becomes hot or boozy. Gentleness is this guy’s winning feature. Aged perfectly, I’d like to say, at 5 years, but probably still has many more years in its peak. Good stuff, Stone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light citrus and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish. Tastes like a decent stout, but nothing Belgian or fruity like the bottle says.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11703) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
shared by Ungstrup. clear dark brown, smooth light brown head. mild dark malty aroma, coffee, fruity. flavor is chocolate, dark malts, faint licorice, oak, tobacco. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11640) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is very roasty with hints of smoke, caramel, chocolate and light citrus and other fruits. Tastes is strong dark chocolate and banana with other tropical fruits, citrus, leafy hops, smoke, vanilla and faint wood notes. Very smooth with a faint but lingering hop burn. Full bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a large, creamy dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, nutty), average hop (perfume), average yeast (leather, earth, leaves) with notes of date, smoke, cola, vanilla, and cinnamon. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Peat aroma with some lacto sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11018) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Bottled. Very dark brown coloured with a light red gleam. Brown head. Aroma of cocoa, spice, light herbs, light chocolate. Flavour of chocolate, spice, medicin and cocoa. Medium to full bodied. Dry cocoa end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (10913) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2010
courtesy of Jespr - hazy dark brown colour with a little beige foam; malty and slightly toasted chocolatey aroma; very creamy palate, moderate carbonation, yeasty and with a decent bitterness; long toasted chocolatey and brownies-like finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 17, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brouwer’s Cafe, Seattle
Appearance: black, creamy brown head, heavy patterned lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma, sweet fruity esters
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich sweet chocolate flavor, sweet fruity esters enhance the chocolate, hint of fruity tartness, balancing earthy bitterness, roasted along with a big hop character keeps it balaned on the bitter side, sharp spicy ginger shows up toward the bottom of the glass
Overall: a Belgian porter? is there such a thing?

Date: October 18, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
picking up more of the bitter and earthy character to overshadow the malty sweetness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

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