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RATINGS: 699   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.


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   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.

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   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. Iím really hoping that this one ages out a bit smoother than this. Too hoppy/spicy for my tastes fresh.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (2962) - 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 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a dark deep purple, almost black in color. Aroma of yeast and licorice with a hint of chocolate in the taste. A malty, yeasty, alcohol taste throughout with hints of dark vanilla. A good specialty beer that my friend Jennifer brought to my house, thank Jen!!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
On tap, it was thicker and roastier, and more stout-like than a typical bsda, though it was a n easy drinker.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours dark brown almost black, may even be black with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass. Smells like burnt coffee grounds, chocolate malt, dirty socks, and used dish water. Tastes kind of like it smells, burnt coffee, used dish water, and chocolate, leaves a milky feel in your mouth and the bitterness is in your face and lingering. I need a glass of water.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-brown pour with a thick creamy tan head. The nose is loaded with rummy spiciness. Lots of plum and spice and a kiss of vanilla. There is a lot of molasses in here as well. The body is quite lean and boozy. A little bit peppery. Iím not really a huge fan of this at all. Maybe itíll be better in the bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
22oz bottle. I canít believe this beer has such a high score. Pours dark brown with a medium sized, creamy, light brown head with good lace. Smells very smokey with a hint of burnt rubber and a touch of malt sweetness. Tastes roasty and burned and slightly sour. Some roasty and sweet malts through the middle and more burning on the finish. Medium body, good carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color, almost opaque with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring and splotchy lace. S: Roasted malts with some light chocolate undertones and a little anise. Thereís some earthy greeness to it as well. T: Dark fruit, prunes and some roast. A light chocolate is noticeable, but unfortunately this one is slightly oxidized as well. Light cardboard with some woody oak and dirty earthiness. M: Medium heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasted and dry finish. O: There was an odd earthiness to it and the French oak didnít mesh well. Slight oxidation detracted from the overall "enjoyment" as well. Serving type: bottle


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