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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 721   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Pours black with a four finger tan head, more carbonation than I expected for a two year old beer. Smell is fruity belgium flavors. Taste is bitter coffee with a hint of citrus. Medium bodied. Interesting but age doesnít help it much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1243) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Draft. Pours dark with a think creamy brown head. The aroma os some chocolate and malt. The taste is unique. Subtle chocolate notes with a little spiciness to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6479) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle. Dark chocolate, cigar, smoke, molassis. Black, brown capucino lace. Medium to light body, dry roasty, choc and espresso. Rich with a quick coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
(22oz bottle) Courtesy of Left4Beer. Pours a small, almond coloured head atop a deep brown body. Spicy and sweet. Somewhat salty with a lasting alcoholic bite. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Roasty aroma with lots of dark chocolate and light vanilla notes. Roasty flavor of chocolate, a bit of cocoa, coffee notes and light spicy and woody notes. Medium to full-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours brown with a sudsy head. Aroma has roasted malt some chocolate yeast and vanilla. Taste is much the same with the vanilla and Belgian yeast showing through. Palate is thin to medium and slick with a chalky dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2472) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
Bomber. Black with a mocha head. Chocolate, anise, some alcohol, quite smooth, some lactose, mild carbonation and moderate body, easy to drink, some vanilla sweetness but more bitter on the finish. Probably a little past its prime but still worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2674) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Pour at the Vendome Pasadena bottle share - thanks! Brown pour, clear with a little bit of tan head. A little rubber on the front end of the taste then chocolate with a hint of orange. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5312) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Very dark brown in color Tall slightly creamy looking aged canvas colored head. Fairly light aromas, with dark chocolate, ash, grassy to herbal hops and dark coffee. Smooth light feel. Initial sweet malt, mocha, and bit of orange juice is rather quickly displaced. MIddle is again citric, but the dark roast malt, and dark chocolate (with vanilla) come in and gradually take over. Spices noted in the finish as the acidity continues to rise. The start to finish in the brew reminds me of a pot of coffee as it seems to get more charred and bitter the long the pot sets on the burner. LInger is long and has charred malt and wood. Acidity keeps this one light on the palate, but adds to the burnt edges. Not sure how or if this one can improve, especially since I do not since a big malt depth to this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
22oz from Samís, Durham. Nice dark pour, thick and graced by a big fluffy head. Strong yeasty nose at the start, but as the beer warms Iím distressed by an aroma of wet ash. Seriously, itís ashtray and Iím not even joking (nor am I even remotely a Stone hater). Roasted malts with mild chocolate flavors, and I suppose a faint trace of the advertised fruit. Full bodied, and a pleasant tea flavor seems to be the by-product of the hops and the other ingredients. Odd, and in some ways thatís good based on the last couple years of VE. But that nose, oof. Tough to tune that out.

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