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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 710   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Dark black stout looking beer with a small bubbly head. Roasted malt in the aroma with black pepper and fennel. Vanilla in the background. Medium body with lively carbonation. Flavor is a smoky roated malt with a Belgian like yeast flavor. Overall don’t know what to make of it. Kind of lika a hybrid Porter/Belgian.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
On tap @ Coles, Buffalo NY. pours a darker black with tan head. light aromas of orange chocolate, vanilla, dried fruits, belgian yeast. Taste is orange, quad like fruitiness. seems like its trying to be too much. Chocolatey notes. Muddled chocolate quad? OK but quite interesting

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for bringing this one. Pours dark cola brown with an off-white head. Nose is porter- dark chocolate, coffee, and roasty earthy espresso. Flavor is very similar with almost no distinction in the alleged fruitiness that was advertised. Maybe the orange will come with age... hmm.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas with some smokiness. Flavors are all over the place. Roasted malts, clove, bannana, chocolate, licorice, a touch of smoke. Medium to full body with mild carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer Fort Worth. Dark with a thick, dark brown head. Smokey aroma. Barbeque and roasted malt flavor. Tingly.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours black coffee rich brown with a healthy tan head of medium bubbles. Nose is medium dry. A bit of roast and hops. Taste is medium bitters with a good amount of hop zing. moderate roast. Full and fluid mouthfeel. Good finish, nice bitters warming on the end.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. Hue is deep dark brown with big thick tan head. Nose is dark chocolate and burnt coffee grounds, light vanilla with touch of citrus. Flavor is roasty dark chocolate and coffee, very subtle oak and vanilla accents, finishes with low malt sweetness. Medium-body with thin texture and modest atringency that lingers on the palate and detracts from flavor, very light sourness as well. An experimental porter that gets lost in a complicated recipe profile, further hampered by some modest flaws; I have no idea how this would age but wouldn’t bet too much on significant improvement with time.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Cracked this open last night. 22oz bottle was laying around for about a month. Had quite the Belgian aroma. Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and a bit of Belgian yeast. Poured very dark with a light brown head. Finish was pretty dry. Overall not one of my favorite beers, but I saw potential with aging it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle from siciliano’s. Dark brown, almost opaque black with thin, creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate , roasty, semi-sweet, yeasty, nice. Flavor is bakers chocolate, dirty, chalky, heavy pine, bleh. Medium to light, watery body. Okay, but not fantastic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5626) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Black with medium beige head. Fruity, caramelly, and sugary with some roasted notes of salmiak and gunpowder. Very little belgian character. Medium bodied and smooth. Dry with bitter and a bit salty finish. Quite mediocre.


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