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RATINGS: 701   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.


4.4
   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.

4.4
   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,

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - 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.

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 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.

4.4
   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,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamah (214) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1499) - 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

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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2013 the beer gods gave to me . . . a nice surprise. Pours a dark brown black with a beige foam head. A very complex aroma. Starts with roast and cherries. Banana, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and candi sugar underneath. Sweet roasty chocolate taste with a nice hop layer for balance. Cherry and vanilla on the backend. Nice medium to thick mouthfeel. I am drinking this a year past the suggested drink by date. I do think it is a pinch past its peak which is a shame. But I am still really enjoying. Very good. Love the complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex. Iíve given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. Iím super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know Iíll never have it again.


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