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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle. I love Stone as much as the next guy, but I did not enjoy this beer and I was so looking forward to it. We were pairing it up with some smores on a trip to a cabin and I thought it would be wonderful. I picked up on the notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of citrus from the peel, but I found it to be chalky and dry. I trust Stone and Iím giving them the benefit of doubt. They say not to drink it until 12-12-2012, so Iíll get another bottle and hold on to it and re-rate it in a few years

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a deep rich brown black with a two fingers thick chocolate brown head, webby lacing. Aroma of chocolate bar and fruity esters. Medium bodied with a some slight fine fizziness to the carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, countered by a semi-acrid bitterness that carries through the finish. Finish is ashy, soapy and dry, with some spicy phenols. Orange only comes out as it warms. This is a mess and extremely disappointing. I canít believe I just wasted $20 on two bottles of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lakes (18) - post falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Had some out of a 22oz bottle at a beer tasting. Beer has existed for a very long time so maybe thereís a reason for some (not all) of the established styles. Maybe thereís good reason that there are no (or precious few) Belgian spiced Porters. I found this beer to be just a bit ďoffĒ. There was just something about it that tasted and smelled incorrect. I was truly looking forward to it but it failed to deliver. I think the combination of the darker roasted malts with the Belgian yeast just didnít mesh. I also question the logic behind pairing tangerine with vanilla, though either were barely noticeable. Stone makes some excellent beers. The 07/07/07 and the 08/08/08 are amoung my favorites. This one may become one of them with age but right now I donít think it measures up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
The aroma is strong with toasted bread, coffee, malt, wood, and vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall itís good but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
The whole deal seems to green to be approached right now but Iíve only got one bottle so: Aroma is natural greens (like dandelion), triple sec and black pepper. Flavor is something burnt that I just canít place, smokey and tannic with a drying effect almost immediately. The mouthfeel is most unique. The feel is gritty effervesence, almost like the liquid equivilant of smoke. Chalky might not be a bad word and with a medium body I oddly enjoy the texture. Aging might be the key here. Thank You Stone. 2009 22 oz.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Pours a opaque dark mahogany with a smallish tan head. Aroma has an initial strange "fishiness" that is faint although detectable as well as toasted dark caramel and chocolate. The flavor is again slightly "fishy" as well as doughy, light spiciness and chocolate. Big carbonation and full bodied. Finish is very dry and toasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
Great pitch black pour with brown head. from tap. Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and belgian yeast are very present aromas/flavors, but not sure if they mix well. Iíd heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say Iím not a fan after trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI. Aroma: Maple syrup and malt, salted caramel Appearance: dark brown or black. Trace of light brown suds were temporarily on top. Taste: Average Carbonation. Sour taste with smokiness and sudsy soap texture. An overall oily chocolate with citrus zest flavor. Finish: Bitter soapy finish. More sour tartness too.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle from 5 Points. Weird brew. Musty cardboard, chocolate, metallic, oak, and vanilla. A jumbled mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
black body with a dark brown head.the aroma is a mix of oatmeal,chocolate,vanilla.with a roasted nutty finish.flavor is a mix of smoke,burnt roasted malts,ash,alcohol,chocolate,and a strange bitter/spicy finish.reminds me of skullsplitter in a way.and i did not care for the beer either.

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