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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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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.


3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1287) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5337) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium mocha head which fades rather quickly and leaves lots of bubbly-webbed lacing. Aroma is cocoa, lactose, light Belgian spice, and light citrus hops. Tastes a lot like a Milk Stout or Foreign Stouts I’ve had before - light cocoa, some breadiness, Belgian spice, and some citrus hop bitterness. Meh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevencon (420) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Black pour tan head. Chocolate and roasty aroma. Tastes like a stout with Belgian yeast. Ehh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1964) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Rich dark brown pour, frothy carbonation and an aroma of chocolate and a little sweet vanilla. Flavor is also light slightly bitter chocolate, a little vanilla and dry on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2009
served from a bottle Very dark brown color with a foamy tan head, my first impression was how dry it was on the palate. I get some spiciness in the flavor along with roastiness. I’m not tasting any chocolate or orange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Freshly picked up from Whole Foods Chandler. Pours a viscous black with restrained tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy (think nutmeg), and surprisingly hoppy. After it airs out a bit, hops and roasted malt are about all that I can smell. Taste is somewhat fruity - orange/tangerine, with notes of chocolate and belgian yeast spiciness. Tastes kind of dirty. A surprising amount of hop bitterness. I’m really hoping that this one ages out a bit smoother than this. Too hoppy/spicy for my tastes fresh.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009

9/09/2009: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09... Aroma: Boozy chocolate, licorice, and char. Appearance: Opaque, chocolaty brown color; large foamy brown head, reverse cascading effect. Flavor: Intensely sharp dark fruits with undertones of chocolate and banana; quite metallic; spicy; dry, roasty and some tobacco, overly bitter, weird finish. Palate: Medium-full, velvety smooth. Overall: WTF? This is one strange brew. Smells okay, but tastes really strange. I think it needs a bit of time to meld or something... I don’t care for this beer that much at all! It is quite a disaster and doesn’t really work.

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 8.9% Alc/Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.


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