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RATINGS: 714   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle into goblet. Deep brown with a large tan head. Aroma is yeasty banana, some citrus, and light chocolate. Lots of cocoa and chocolate along with wood, banana, grape and orange peel fruitiness. Strong roasted and burnt/bitter component that is initially pretty rough but mellows out. Full and creamy palate. An oddball mix of flavors that are mostly enjoyable. Curious to see how this one does with some age on it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very dark and thick and rich looking with a full foamy tan head. Vanilla bean and orange/tangerine notes in the aroma. Vanilla and tangerine are easily detected in this yummy brew and they combine nicely together. In addition, woody oak flavor, roasted malts and chocolate notes detected. Medium bodied, very well carbonated. Perhaps my favorite in the series so far, along with the 05.05.05. Picked up a few bottles, but the beer works really well right now. Would pair nicely with a grilled steak or pork chops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours black as night with a smallish tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is huge chocolate, coffee, with a touch of citrus. Finish is oaky vanilla bean. This in bourbon barrels for 6 months, OMG! Great brew!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bomber. Black pour sits under a creamy cappuccino colored head. Subdued aroma is mainly chocolate malt with a touch of vanilla and citrus hops. Upfront the flavor is chocolate and vanilla followed by toasted malty molasses, coffee, and spice. As the beer warms spice and citrus presence kicks it up a notch. Warming alcohol in the finish. Yummo

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keir (180) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
poured out dark and heavy with a thick frothy mocha colored head that was about an inch thick. smells of citrus, roated malts and chocolate. full bodied and thick and it was awsome on the palate. lacing around the glass. the aftertaste was very suttle and not overpowering and finished very smooth. great brew, and i am cellaring another one for a few years.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
The aroma and flavor mirror each other here. Too many flavors clashing with each other....yeast esters, citrus, chocolate, toastiness, oak, clove, molasses...etc. Too much going on, but itís a young beer. They should wait to release beers like this for at least a year. The finish is watery thin and has a slight alcoholic burn. Itís just too young to be "balanced" or "all together". Some time would obviously do it well, but the body is still very thin (probably thanks to very active Belgian yeast). The ingredients in this beer were obviously framed for the "beer nerd" but it falls short for those of us that actually like to drink beer ready on release. I could only purchase 1 bottle and refuse to wait 1-3 years to drink it. Muddled at the moment.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Dark not the usual vertical epic. Very earthy flavor very different. This seems to need to want to sit for awhile, more than the others, but tasty now too. some chocolate i suppose, this is not a belgian ale it seems. more like a porter or stout. Nice lacing. Guess i need to get a couple more and have at least one sit for a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Lots of roasted malt comes thru in this one. Has an expresso quality that certainly packs a punch. Not as good as the 06 Epic but still nice. Good bitter finish with a thick mouthfeel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Pours very dark, almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong sweet vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is sweet vanilla, chocolate and coffee with a dry bitter finish. Very good. Canít wait to try it after it ages a few years.


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