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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 702   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of hops and roasted malt, with some bitter chocolate. Flavor is mostly hops and dark chocolate, with black coffee and some citrus. Thick and bubbly. A good beer that will no doubt improve with age.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
I dig this beer. Had it a couple years ago, but I have decided to pop open one my last two remaining bottles! Why not? The nose on this is delicious. Smells like a wonderful chocolate dessert. Nice chocolate and vanilla notes. Pours a pitch black with a retreating offwhite foam head that leaves beautiful lacing. There is a lot going on here flavor wise. Up front is your typical hefty stout flavors but these are quickly followed by delicious fruit notes and a bit of oaky spice. The finish is quite nice as this beer coats the tongue well and leaves you with a nice spicy vanilla flavor. Tastes like I remember it and unfortunately I cant pick up on much change in this one. If you are lucky enough to find this I recommend you buy it. An excellent beer. Probably my favorite of the series.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours near opaque black, with brown froathy head - I poured this one just right, laced nicely. Aromas of chocolate and dark fruit with yeasty undertones. Flavors transfer with the addition of mild coffee and some spice (might just be the roasted malt vanilla). Got some banana but not much orange overwhelmed with chocolate; alcohol well hidden. Overall, fantastic!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keir (127) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2009
12.16.09 bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head and minor lacing. Aroma of coffee, toffee, burnt toast, malty, sweet. Tastes heavy coffee, toffee, bitter, spice, pepper, hint of fruitiness, coriander, nutmeg. Very nice!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (127) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
This is a very dark, dark brew with a brown head. Aroma is of slight malt. The flavor is really complex with chocolate, malt and it is very smooth and drinkable. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
v8powered (125) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Pours dark black with a white head. Good aroma of coffee, vanilla, and some traditional Belgian aromas. Slight banana on the aftertaste. Strong heavy beer that has some burnt, woody characters with a good balance of hops. The first glass was rather heavy but started really enjoying it on the second glass. Great relaxing sipper, maybe with a nice cigar to finish it.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JAN 1, 2010
Everything I anticipate beer shall embody in a brew that is highly hyped up, this did not disappoint in the least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown. Smells of malt. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt. Also has a very distinct alcohol taste as well. Great beer. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Pours black with a good amount of tan head. The belgian character is readily evident in the nose, along with several varieties of fruits, a little chocolate, and some vanilla. This beer certainly improves as it warms, and the vanilla notes really enhance the chocolate. The tangerine is less present than some other flavors, but it is there. This is an excellent beer that will only improve with age.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours dark brown almost black, may even be black with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass. Smells like burnt coffee grounds, chocolate malt, dirty socks, and used dish water. Tastes kind of like it smells, burnt coffee, used dish water, and chocolate, leaves a milky feel in your mouth and the bitterness is in your face and lingering. I need a glass of water.


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