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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Pours black with no head and a smoke and berries in the aroma. Dark chocolate androasted malt flavor with a big lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
A good brew, a bit darker than that of years past. it has a little burntness but overalll a good beer. i have not been expecting much of these beers for the past couple of years cause they always seem to let me down. This is no exception

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from ? I forget. Good strong dark belgian that lit me up. To me, howevs, this brew totally lacked complexity. Just didnít really leave you thinking and tasting flavors. It just went down, got me drunk... tasted good, just not as much to it as I thought maybs. I realize its supposed to be aged 3 years but... ehhhhhh

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours a black color with medium light brown bubbly head. Aroma is of chocolate, burnt grain, light coffee and light spice. Taste is more chocolate that I expected with some Belgian spice that plays nicely with the chocolate grain. I donít pick up a whole lot of tangerine, but there is some subtle citrus. Overall, itís pretty good, but again, like most Stone beers, theyíre good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is alright, slight citrus and bread. Estery notes as well. Some roast also. On taste, a touch of smoke, orange peel, burnt bread and a metallic tinge. I donít see this aging well at all. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2010
While I generally donít care too much for imperial stouts (or similar styles), this dark, chocolaty but not too coffeey beer has a lot going for it. There is a very sweet nose that masks the bitterness of the hops and chocolate malts, but compliments the oaky and vaguely vanillay flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours deep opaque black with thin off white head, aroma is big fruit and tangerine with some belgian yeast character. Taste changes drastically as it warms. Cold, it taste solely of tripel-like fruit and tangerine, but when warm there is a big chocolate and vanilla portion, leaving a dry taste in your mouth that is surprisingly bitter. Nice and complex, my favorite VE yet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
This is a very dark, dark brew with a brown head. Aroma is of slight malt. The flavor is really complex with chocolate, malt and it is very smooth and drinkable. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma:sweet & malty, vanilla, chocolate, belgo yeast, citrus. Flavor: roasted & sweet, vanilla, coffee, citrus, chocolate cream filled with booze, lightly belgo yeasty/spicy. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
OK, so a year old now. My gf picked this up from Julioís on 10/29/10 after drinking my one and only bottle a year ago in Bakersfield. Black body with just a little bit of ruby at the edges and a one finger tan head, creamy, and fading to a thick film and ring after a minute or two and lasting. Lots of dark chocolate and vanilla in the nose, though at this point I canít tell if itís from the vanilla or the oak--more than likely the oak. there is also a little alcohol, and some fruity yeast that pairs well with the banana. Flavor is drier and has some moderate roast, which is about as strong as the banana. The oak and vanilla pulled back a fair amount. Finishes with spicy alcohol and some coffee roast notes. Semi-dry, bitterness at a 3-4 with a tinge of smoke. Medium full body with light carbonation. I remember liking this a little more, though still nice in its own right. Not my fave of the vert epics.

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