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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 699   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Dark brown beer sits below a tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malts with a hint of caramel. Flavor is the same, sweet chocolate and caramel malts with a bitter coffee finish. Flat feel to it. Maybe a little more porter than belgian. Barely medium bodied and nothing to really speak of as far as the palate goes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twindog (251) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Release date 9-09-09. Pours with a fingering tan creamy large head. Black , Black , Black in color with flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, and cream. Bitter sweet and divine. A wonderful dessert like beer goes great with a cigar.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
The whole deal seems to green to be approached right now but Iíve only got one bottle so: Aroma is natural greens (like dandelion), triple sec and black pepper. Flavor is something burnt that I just canít place, smokey and tannic with a drying effect almost immediately. The mouthfeel is most unique. The feel is gritty effervesence, almost like the liquid equivilant of smoke. Chalky might not be a bad word and with a medium body I oddly enjoy the texture. Aging might be the key here. Thank You Stone. 2009 22 oz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but itís definitely over hyped. Like many of Stoneís beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
22oz. Bomber. Pours a rich black color with a nice collar of tan foam. Nose is dry, with some dark chocolate and Belgian yeast notes. The clove and banana flavors from the yeast dominate, but if you let it sit for a bit some other flavors can be pulled out from underneath. Chocolate flavors are evident up front, followed by a note of dried oak with a spicy citrus flavor that is discernable at the end. Hops are somewhat muted especially for a Stone beer, but there is a bitterness at the end. Complex mixture of flavors, but unfortunately they are drowned out a bit by the clove/overly ripe banana characteristics from the yeast. The body is just about right, malty and substantial, but not overly viscous. Overall a good effort at making something a little different, but I just donít really care for the flavors imparted by the use of Belgian yeast in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (231) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draft @ House of Beer...pours deep brown with a rich, foamy tan head. Nose of vanilla bean, coffee, citrus, and cocoa. The flavor consisted of a bitter chocolate, coffee bean layer followed by a slight sort fruit tartness. It was also very heavy on the Belgian yeast. It had a very short, dry finish with some mild carbonation. I really enjoyed this one and wouldnít hesitate to have another!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rds (230) - USA - OCT 29, 2009
Never expected the dark, rich body from the description, nice thin tan head, soft lightly roasted aroma, mild cocoa taste, not too sweet, balanced brew with a clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bomber pours deep black with minimal, quickly dissipating tan head into a chalice; nice lacing. Well malted aroma with a noticeable yeast presence; chocolate, molasses, vanilla, raisin, dark cherries. The taste is heavy malts, prevalent black licorice, mocha, flows into a vanilla silkyness, finishes with raisins, plumbs, cloves, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and molasses come out more as it warms. Full bodied, heavy on the palate with low carbonation and a fluffy smooth mouthfeel. Quite drinkable but some alcohol notes can creep up on you, though I found this pleasant, though it sat in my stomach pretty heavily. A truly unique brew, seems like a combination of a Belgian strong dark ale and an imperial porter. Tasty tasty, cheers to Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (218) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a surprisingly dark black, with a hefty brown head. Muted but pleasant aroma of coffee, malt, and caramel. Complex flavor - grassy, citrusy hops, with a strong malt backbone. Spice-heavy, with coriander and nutmeg. A bit of yeasty tang. The palate is very creamy and smooth, with little alcohol bite, but a bit of an astringent finish. A little odd, but quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
A fine brew from Stone, also the first Iíve managed to get my hands on of the vertical series...Iíll try and get the next three, this one has me anxious to try whatever is next.

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