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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 710   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Someister (17) - USA - FEB 8, 2011
Smells like alcohol, rotten fruit, chocolate, and light notes of coffee. I donít get any of the tangerine or vanilla. Palate is thick, spicy, and slick due to the oak aging. High amounts of yeast character but finishes like a stout. Complex is a great word in describing this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Cracked this open last night. 22oz bottle was laying around for about a month. Had quite the Belgian aroma. Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and a bit of Belgian yeast. Poured very dark with a light brown head. Finish was pretty dry. Overall not one of my favorite beers, but I saw potential with aging it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
mexicelt (14) - - OCT 29, 2012
Smoky malt aroma with chocolate scents. Slight fermentation since bottle is three years old. Deep dark color. No light shines through. Thick four finger head with good lacing and decent retention. Coffee,smokey malt flavors followed by strong chocolate flavors. Flavors linger on palate for about 90 seconds. Excellent flavor and good thick body that is expected from this style of brew. Excellent brew. Try it if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a great brew chocolate notes from a dark mahogany colored beverage. Slight hop nose and taste balance a maltiness that would be pronounced otherwise. Very complex and balanced. Very good over all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamsonAle (13) - Novelty, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
I bought a case of this on the recommendation of my distributor. It was his last one and I was glad I did. I donít have a great nose, but the aroma came through rich and malty with citrus. The color and palate are superb with a nice head. The flavors complex and hearty. With the chocolate malts and the vanilla really coming through. No heavy alcohol taste. A very special and pleasant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
captaink (10) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Pours black with toffee milkshake head. Aroma on this is really great and interesting. Dark plum, banana, belgian aroma with roasted malt backbone. Tastes like a belgian style porter for whatever thatís worth. Good & good unique offering from stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wactuary (6) - USA - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
Wow! In tap at gaslight. Nose is of rich chocolate malt mingle with Belgian yeast spicy and fruity aromatics. Poured a dark rich black with a thick head that could have lingered longer. Flavor is full and complex chocolate, burnt toast and coffee malts with mild citrus hop flavor and some fruity notes. Body is medium full bit on no way cloying. Overall itís like a delicious imperial stout but with a nice Belgian character that adds and builds to the chocolaty character. Really fantastic! This example shows no negative signs of age or oxidation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 9, 2012 does not count
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early September 2009. **Appearance**: Deep brown and slightly viscous. A tall, light-brown head is creamy and sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thick ring. Leaves massive laces on the glass. **Nose**: A hint of grapes or cherry at first, quickly, and then chocolate and a roastiness. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced and I get some vanilla and some oak. **Mouthfeel**: Medium-to-full bodied and silky smooth. Thereís not a lot of bite, but again I can tell there were hops in this fresh. Itís very clean drinking. **Taste**: Chocolate and toasted malts, then that fades to mostly the chocolate aftertaste. A slight hint of cherry or grapes around the edges. A touch of vanilla and smoke as it warms. **Overall**: This beer is phenomenal. It tastes like a mellow, slighly-chocolate porter. Itís smooth and very well balanced. Itís roasted malt is not too sweet at all. I love this one. Itís my favorite of the series (and I still have three more to go.) **Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes phenomenal. I donít have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I canít say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any better than this one. It is pure awesomeness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianstyle (2) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009 does not count
Very simular to Mackeson triple stout I home Brewed. Where I bumped up the Malt Taken it from the 4.9% to 8.5%. Very Malty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kungsarme (1) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2009 does not count
Very young, but still an amazing beer, canít wait to try this again in 3 years.

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