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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 715   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 (3004) - 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 (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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (3180) - 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.

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   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.

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   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.

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   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 (1175) - 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 (8803) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (8670) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and floral malt. Flavour of iodine, oxidation, some dark fruits, a fishy taste and some light floral notes. Subpar - seems the age has killed it.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1290) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a non transparent when held to a light source solid black color, light medium carbonation, just a few whisps upon the liquid surface for a head. Aroma of cheap booze, acetone, clove, and faint notes of dark chocolate. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is very solid, dark fruit and what appears to be hops in the middle, finish has some faded vanilla. Dark chocolate was everywhere, and I should note that there is just an ever so slight amount of oil upon the liquid surface after tasting. Odd brew- looks and smells like an impy stout, but itís not.


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