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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods and on tap at Papago. Pours a roasted coffee color with a nice brown head. Very earthy in appearance. Smells of seared ham and toasted malt. Tastes of fruit cake up front, malt and bakers cocoa dominate the mid, and smoke lingers on the finish. The best beer Iíve had in the vertical series so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle. Damn good; another knock-out from a very trusted brewer. I believe they classified this as a Belgian Porter. Iím not knowledgeable enough of styles to tell, but it tasted like a sweet chocolate stout to me. My only complaint is the price. At $6.79 per 22oz bottle, it was worth it to try once, but I wonít pay that twice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
chocolate, coffee, roasty, citrus, banana, vanilla, black, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a dark almost blackish colored liquid and was accompanied with a thick fluffy layer of tanned color foam head. In the nose, a well balanced combination of roast dark malt that have a sugary syrup scent while also allowing some breathing room for a spicy strain of Belgian yeast that has a similar scent to green herbs. The flavor is more like a stout than a Belgian stout because of the ground up coffee bean flavors as well as the dark robust malts, but there is a hint of Belgian yeast that points towards clove or some form of pepper. This is an amazing vertical epic recipe and out of all of the beers in the series this one looks like it will hold up for many years in a cellar.

   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 canít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours a dark brown with thin head. Wonderfull aroma: licrorice, vanilla, wood, figs and other dark fruit. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. The sweetness and vanilla really come out as it warms, also some bread and cereal notes, Worth the wait, outstanding,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - APR 20, 2013
Oh wow, What a great complex beer! Chocolate and spice dominated the aroma. The beer poured a thick creamy black. The taste was very chocolatey and fruity but that gave way to the strong wood character and vanilla finish. A very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during 06-10 VE tasting. A: Dark, opaque, mocha head (single finger) which sticks around. Good lacing. Sticky appearence. Good looker. S: Cocoa, malts, anise, cocoas, coffee. I would go on, but why waste my time - this is excellent! T: Again: cocoa, malt, anise, coffee, back end vanilla from oak. Just outstanding. M: Heavy, lower carb. Tacky. Viscous. Resonant. D: This was the best of the bunch. Absolutely outstanding! I will be seeking more of this out. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, roasted coffee and hops. Taste dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and yeast with dry to bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (634) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bomber from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours dark brown with lathery, thick tan head that looks like itís built to last. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, a slight hint of vanilla and perhaps some elements of anise and citrus. First taste is full, dark, roasty malts, followed by a chocolate flare, then transitioning to something akin to root beer (anise?) before finishing with a carbonated citrusy-sweet, but still smooth and balanced, finish. Everything is well distributed here, and the alcohol burn is slight and only at the very end as it gets to its ultimate destination. This is a fine beer. In fact, for my money, one of the more balanced Stone products I have tasted in some time. Wish they did more like this one, and a little less of the somewhat tiresome Arrogant Bastard style...

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