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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Had this bomber with my Christmas dinner last night. This stuff, as it’s properly named, is EPIC! lol. Very dark pour, with creamy head. It was sweet, and malty, but also with some slight hop character. It reminded me of the Hibernation Ale I had from Great Divide the other day. Really great stuff to have with an incredible meal. Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at redlight. This smells more like a porter to me than a strong. Maybe a little too much hops to be a porter, but still. Very roasty chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Really like this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (344) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
22 oz. bottle, very dark brown with nice creamy head and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cherry, and banana. You can taste vanilla, fruit (mixed berries), clove, herbal notes, and grass. Very complex and clean, well balanced, will improve with age.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
i was surprised at how much i enjoyed this beer. i love stone, but when i read deScriptors like "chocolate malt" and "vanilla bean" i feel like running for the hills. but it is subtle and tasty, and still retains that "stone brewing" aesthetic. worth your money.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Aroma is chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, oak. Flavor is chocolate malts, coffee, and if you really look for it you can find the hints of orange citrus. Very impy like for me, but thats not a complaint. This is an enjoyable brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours essentially black with a foamy and rocky light brown head. Nose of chocolate and coffee. Rich malty flavor with notes of chocolate and coffee, caramel, nuts, and citrus. Hops begin to kick in later to form a pleasantly bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Great dark ooz color that bubbles in the center like a evil cauldron. And I’m not even talking about a stout. Who knew? Great bitter chocolate notes, oranges, caramel, coffee, with a great roast malt backbone. Awesome

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (332) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle@Home Apperance: Very dark brown with a beige head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma: Ripe fruit, Vanilla, Chocolate and some dark bread. Taste: Tobacco, Hint of vanilla, Bitter chocolate, Leather, Coffee. Palate: Very filling with a sweet and bitter ending filled with chocolate and vanilla. A bottle to be shared for sure as it is a true sipper. Nice ve-beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Freshly picked up from Whole Foods Chandler. Pours a viscous black with restrained tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy (think nutmeg), and surprisingly hoppy. After it airs out a bit, hops and roasted malt are about all that I can smell. Taste is somewhat fruity - orange/tangerine, with notes of chocolate and belgian yeast spiciness. Tastes kind of dirty. A surprising amount of hop bitterness. I’m really hoping that this one ages out a bit smoother than this. Too hoppy/spicy for my tastes fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (327) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost black with a semi dense beige head. One finger foam N: Dusty vintage bookstore, light phenols, light licorice. T: mild roast, light to medium sweetness. Belgian yeast again, light licorice, medium roasted malts.


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