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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 725   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a black color with a slight reddish tint to the head. Small head melts away to a fair amount of lacing. Medium carbonation. Description is Belgian Strong Ale, but reminds me of a stout. The bitter maltiness is a bit much for me. I can taste the chocolate and fruit flavors. This is a very unique beer, just not my favorite of the Vertical Epic series

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
The whole deal seems to green to be approached right now but I’ve only got one bottle so: Aroma is natural greens (like dandelion), triple sec and black pepper. Flavor is something burnt that I just can’t 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 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s 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 don’t really care for the flavors imparted by the use of Belgian yeast in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (238) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
Halvstor doft av choklad, kaffe och mörkt rågbröd. Lite metallisk och hård arom med inslag av melass. Svart brygd med lätt oljig textur. Kort mockafärgat skum med en kvardröjande hinna. Smaken domineras av choklad och kaffe, har en lätt syrlig efterklang där en söt, välrostad malt med tydlig salmiaken växer fram. Eftersmaken är milt besk och förvånansvärt kort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (232) - 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 wouldn’t 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 (223) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 22 oz Bottle -- Pure black with a tan head. Light aromas of raisins, along with large amounts of dark chocolate. There is an intriguing creamy banana component to the nose but unfortunately it does not transfer over into the flavor of the beer. Big bold coffee accompanied by vanilla, and dark chocolate. Citrus hops are noticeable but has relatively subdued bitterness for a Stone brew.

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