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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 721   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Dark Cola with ruby edges, almost opaque with thich tan head. Aroma of deep raost, carbon, sweet berries, dark chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A small bite on the tip of the tongue to start, woodsy hop bitterness. Develops into deep roast, carbon, dark bitter chocolate, very woody, bitter chocoate and toffee finish. Alcohol is peppery, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
Had a pint of this at Binny’s in the South Loop in Chicago. Stone just started distributing in the city so Binny’s had some special brews on tap. I was really surprised to be served a dark beer after having the 08.08.08. I was under the impression that they were the same style but just different year. I was dead wrong. This came out a deep brown color with an imperial stout-like brown frothy head. The aromas consisted of a ton of roasted malt, some chocolate and sweet vanilla, and sweet dark dried fruit. The taste was an amazing mix of roasted malt, light chocolate, and some dark fruit. This was extremely easy to drink and hid the 8.5% very well. I kept wanting more after every sip. This was far superior to the 08.08.08! I am really happy that I had a chance to try this one! Stone - welcome to Chicago!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Jet black creamy light brown head. Smells of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a hint of citric hops. Full mouth feel, very coffee and chocolate like but with a distinctively lingering bitterness throughout. Not sure if the hoppy component is in balance with the roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Dark orange-brown with tan head S: Cocoa, chocolate orange, dairy cream, roasty malt, banana, clove, peppery spices, aged oak, timid coffee and a pinch of cayenne. T/M: Chocolate sheet cake, cocoa powder, chocolate orange, orchard fruit, hints of vanilla bean. Creamy but grainy feel in a full body with prickly carbonation. Smooth finish of chocolate and oak. O: Huge chocolate base with varying types and a good oak aged flavor that developed nicely. Bold flavors and one to really enjoy. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
A good brew, a bit darker than that of years past. it has a little burntness but overalll a good beer. i have not been expecting much of these beers for the past couple of years cause they always seem to let me down. This is no exception

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Very, very dark with dark brown head. Aroma of melting caramel/coffee. Silky texture with not too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is very rich and full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (193) - 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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paiste2002 (186) - 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!!!

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