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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.


3.2
   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 Iíve 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 (464) - 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 (2000) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Dark brown with decent lacing. Smells like chocolate and play-doh. A tad wonky with some rubber.

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. Iím not tasting any chocolate or orange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Avengedpoet (329) - 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. Iím 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 (3079) - 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 donít care for this beer that much at all! It is quite a disaster and doesnít really work.

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

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 21, 2009
The color is jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is full of lag and roasted malt aromas. As you sip on it the flavor is very robust and full of barley and resin hops. The flavor does not stick in your mouth. Overall it has great carbonation and a good balance of malt and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle). Black color. Medium tan head. Strong malt aroma with light alcohol. Strong roasted malt flavor. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish with lasting roasted flavor. Slick texture. Soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Em (102) - USA - APR 11, 2010
Very dark in color. Brown head. Very strong vanilla after taste and smell.


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