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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 725   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainTitus (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
This is the first Vertical Epic that I have had the pleasure of tasting and I will say that from the first sip i knew this would be one of my favorite beers. I purchased this beer on a whim one day at my local beer store and could not believe how thick and complex, yet smooth and crisp it was. You are instantly able to taste all different kinds of spice notes in the beer and the pour is a beautiful dark body with an off-white head that sits like a crown at the top of your glass. Although it may resemble a heavy stout in appearance, the Vertical Epic 09í is much lighter than it seems yet this does not take away at all from the flavor of the beer. This beer has brought me into the cult of the Vertical Epic and I canít wait for the next one to come out from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (5172) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours a dark opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is not strong but tempting, coffee-ish with a tone of unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is richer than the aroma, mainly of roast coffee with an undertone of unsweet chocolate. Each sip seems different - one has a nutty hint, one toffee and one molasses. Tingly, sassy texture leaves a finish of fine roast coffee. Pity this is a once-only offering!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2009
A little tiny bit of banana in the aroma. Surprisingly dark-stout-like. Whos. This is smoky, almost like lox. Excellent beer. Very chewy, smoky peaty and amazing.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Pours a deep black that light canít penetrate. Smells of caramel, hops, and sadness. Very complex taste of all of the above. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, Belgian yeast, and vanilla with a hint of fruit. Pours a beautiful, unexpected, black-brown with a khaki ring and no lacing. The taste is amazing! Chocolate, vanilla, wood, toasty malts, with notes of citrus. Full body with soft carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel. Slight tongue tingle after the swallow. Overall, this is an excellant beer! Seems like it ought to be a stout, but who cares this one is a winner!

   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a small layer of froth atop. Aroma: Unsweetened cocoa, light rosemary, fresh bread, bit of fruitiness and a new pair of leather shoes. Taste: Roasted malts,burnt malts, chocolate covered fruits (dried pineapple and orange), wood and smoke notes, and melted caramel. I could go on forever. Mouthfeel: Sexy. Overall: Incredible. I try not to buy into the market speak printed on the bottle, but much of it is spot on. Itís a very luxurious beer, that gets even better as it warms up. While some of the lighter Vertical Epic beers donít seem like they will get ďawesomerĒ, this beer just might be destined for greatness, with a bit of age on it.

   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.

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