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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%
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 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (326) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours a dark, mahogany brown. Very opaque. Head is one-finger, pillowy, and pudding like with a cappucino color. Roasty nose, an earthy like chocolate, coffee, and charred carbon shot up front.....the very last thing I smell...bananas and cloves. Very miniscule and very elusive. I would say this is about one rung below an imperial porter on nose alone. Flavor is more like a porter than anything. A predominantly semi-sweet chocolate concoction, then the charred oak, followed by scant undertones of the tangerine peels that are an obvious addition to the overall bitterness on the end. It is creamy and smooth..no doubt a feature enhanced by the vanilla. Medium thick body that finishes smooth but with an unavoidable ashen characteristic. I can see the similarities between this and chocolate covered orange jelly sticks. I think they got what they were after. I wouldn’t say it’s a Belgian Strong...maybe an B+ American Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Tap at the Flying Saucer Houston during their anniversary party. Solid black with a fluffy brown head and some light lacing on the glass. The nose is fruity, with blueberries and cherry, along with roasty malt. The flavor starts pretty dry, toasty, and heavy, with a medium level of hops and a heavy malty finish. Sticks to the mouth with its dry roasted character at first, and just heavy overall. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 This is much more like a strong stout than a belgian strong ale. Taste is of a dark, but sweetish chocolate. Great, but no real belgian qualities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2010
pours deep brown/black with a thick burnt sienna head. nose has spicy notes, some citrus, chocolate, and dough/yeast. a little licorice and wood in there as well. flavor is huge- lots of roasted malt, espresso with lemon, chocolate, licorice, and bread. finish is long, with notes of bitter coffee, roasted malts, and dough. glorious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
dark brown body with a minimal tan head and consistant lacing. strong chocolate aroma, some earthen and alcohol notes. solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook (richmond,va). The pour had some nice tan head on it, with a nice rich darkness you come to expect from a stone beer. The smell is quite sweet with hints of clove and burnt caramel. The taste mixes in the spicy-like flavor with some toffee and a bit of chocolate. I would personally consider this more of a stout with some strong belgian characteristics as the body is quite thick and darker than even a strong belgian in my opinion. On the aftertaste there is a fair amount of citrus hops that come across the otherwise sweet and spicy characteristics of this interesting brew. This may actually age well, unlike some of the other vertical epics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and malt. Taste is sweet, slightly citrusy, with cocoa and coffee in the back end. Finish is slightly bitter with some vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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