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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%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2009
on tap sept.17th A nice dark color with a nice tan head. The aroma is of dark malts,wood,vanilla,chocolate, and hints of fruit. It has a really smooth taste, dark malt,wood,chocolate, and some spice. overall a really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Wow! Does this beer have an identity crisis going on here or what? Itís a Belgian Strong Ale, but no wait, itís a porter, but wait again, itís a stout! Iím a little muddle-headed as to which way Stone wanted to go with this offering? Well, I checked out Stoneís website, and it is best described as a Belgian style Imperial Porter; so I guess Iíll go with that for now. A strong smokey aroma, almost as if someone snuck a charcoal briquette into my glass when I wasnít looking. Also, I detect hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is absolutely mind-blowing! There is so much going on here that after the first few sips it almost doesnít make sense, so I let the beer sit for a while, and things started coming together. This beer reminded me a lot of Cazeau Tournay Noire, which just so happens to be a true Belgian Stout - go figure! ~

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours opaque black. Medium, light tan head. Smells rich and malty with caramel, fruit, and roasted overtones. Tastes of roasted coffee and caramel, followed by just a hint of fruitiness. Finishes with a earthy nut flavor and a resonance of hops. Thick creamy texture. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericsondr (48) - Camano Island, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2009
I loved this beer. Nice micro-foam head and a beautiful molasses color. The spice notes on the beer make it a really enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2009
One of the best beers I have had. Yes a bold chocolate / vanilla flavor that compliments each other soo well. exceptionally well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle from Frugal MacDoogalís in Nashville. Pours black with a brown head that stays for the length of the drink. Chocolaty aroma. Okay, the taste is something else. From what I can tell, Iíll say that it was a complex porter. A lot of coffee and chocolate tastes, but like a hint of... banana? Anyways, it was good, and Iím going to buy another bottle to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Really impressed my the layers of flavor in this fine Stone brew. Although the label says that they aimed for the flavors being reminiscent of artisinal chocolates with citrus accents, there were nice flavors of oak and vanilla that played a considerable role in the complexity of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Another great one from Stone. Spicy and dark chocolate maltiness. Dark bubbly appearance. The 10.10.10 and 09.09.09 are amazing variations. Canít wait to try the other years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Poured from 22 oz. bottle on 12/13/12 and enjoyed while decorating Christmas tree. Bold chocolate, malt, vanilla and oak flavors pair smoothly with Belgian yeast. Carbonation remains consistent throughout. What a beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Although a fan of the Stone ístableí, this one came up a little short for me; alas, I am a Belgian Abbey/Duble/Triple/Strong Ale fanatic. The appearance was fine - nice bottle conditioned, tight-bubble structure with thick, foamy head. The aroma showcased coffee, chocolate, toast, orange, vanilla and the standard yeast produced banana notes. As taken in the nostrils repeated on the tongue. This brew had all the right makings to be ída bombí; however, as a whole, it came up short in the areas of balance and finish. Perhaps this will get better in the bottle as time goes by? That reminds me - I better go buy another to store away for a future rating....

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