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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Near black with a medium deep beige head. Sweet flavour with hard roasted malt, chocolate and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, chocolate and caramel notes. Finished dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle. Brown pour, small tan head. Peaty aroma with choclate, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is smoky with some woody notes and chocolate. Not much orange to be honest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is of charcoal, espresso, chocolate, light clove and a rumor of campfire smoke. Full-bodied and very silky with medium carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter with hints of spicy Belgian phenols. Reminiscent of a weizen bock. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Poured a dark black color, with reddish/brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice, citrus, spices, some roastiness, fruity, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, citrus, vanilla, spiciness, and some coffee in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
On-tap at Cole’s. Chocolate quad. Very dark Belgian chocolate brown with thick lace. Full mouthfeel. Thick lace follows. Fruity, a sipper, there is chocolate and there is bitteress in the mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On draught at Brews Cafe. Pours motor oil black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of earthy malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sour fruit and oak. The finish is oaky with a tart fruit aftertaste. Did not have this one when it came out, but still pretty enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bomber into Unibroue tulip. Looks beautiful: pretty much pitch black with a towering dark, rocky, dense, tan head that has completely insane retention and leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is a bit of dark chocolate, molasses, smoked bacon/ham moving to a vinous, candi sugar complexity. Taste is semi-sweet chocolates, cafe latte, some burnt toast. Very much like a smoked or stout. Huge bitter finish. Not sure how cellaring this would bring out any improvements.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and floral malt. Flavour of iodine, oxidation, some dark fruits, a fishy taste and some light floral notes. Subpar - seems the age has killed it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (9190) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
On tap, it was thicker and roastier, and more stout-like than a typical bsda, though it was a n easy drinker.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-brown pour with a thick creamy tan head. The nose is loaded with rummy spiciness. Lots of plum and spice and a kiss of vanilla. There is a lot of molasses in here as well. The body is quite lean and boozy. A little bit peppery. I’m not really a huge fan of this at all. Maybe it’ll be better in the bottle.


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