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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%
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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.


3.5
   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. Can’t wait to try it after it ages a few years.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Almost black pour with tan head. Complex aroma of roasted malt and spices. Subtle taste of banana and clove gives way to a wave of roasted chocolate malt and some vanilla; the finish is yeasty and nicely bitter. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Beer poors black with a full tan head. Aroma has sweet fruity esters with a strong vanilla aromas and a slight bubblegum note. Flavor is a slight roast bitterness with a nice mild sweetness. Great creamy palate with a smooth finish. No real great beer. Wish I would have bought more!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Pours dark burgandy witb diminished head. Malt with coffee and thin body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
22 oz. Pours very dark brown with reddish hue with medium brown head. aroma roasted malts, smoke , dark chocolate . taste is smokey ,vanilla . seems like they mixed smoked porter with belgian yeast. i really enjoyed it .

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
v8powered (131) - 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.

4.4
   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 can’t 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.


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