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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2009
22 oz bottle: Very dark brown, almost black body w/ a lasting tan medium sized head. Aromas of chocolate, spicy yeast, caramelized sugar, wood, and other dark fruits. Hints of vanilla. Roasty (coffee) aroma comes out much more, early before it warms. Touches of alcohol. Flavor is much the same, however, the balance both when chilled and as it warms, is to bitter in the finish. Not harsh, but bitter. Aftertaste is roasty, chocolate, lingering bitterness, resiny, with light vanilla. Wood tannin may be adding to the bitterness and dryness. The finish is dry into the aftertaste. Yeasty character is muted by the chocolate and other flavors as it warms, but it’s there. Medium CO2, dry, almost astringent m/f from hop bittering, dark grains, and wood tannins; Well hidden alcohol in the mouth, and fuller medium body. I’m still not a fan of Belgian style yeast with a dominant dark grain combination. While I’m not disappointed with this beer, it’s not been one of my favorites in the series due to that fact. I’d like to see how it ages!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2016
The bottle was 7 years old but all things considering I think it held up really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (3164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Nice surprise this is. After sitting on it so long. Pours black with a moderate brown froth. Aroma is soft nuances, vanilla, spice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is velvet mouthfeel, big vanilla and spice hide the roastiness and just smooth everything out. Dry palate, I really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (455) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost black with a semi dense beige head. One finger foam N: Dusty vintage bookstore, light phenols, light licorice. T: mild roast, light to medium sweetness. Belgian yeast again, light licorice, medium roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3757) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and weak burnt. A flavor of roasted malt, weak coffee and burnt.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head. 4.0 S: Nose on this is quite impressive. Semi-sweet tangerine peel, oak, chocolate. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Caramel and lots of spiciness. 3.5 T: Like the nose, but not as impressive. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here. 3.5 D: Good enough. This tastes like palate fatigue. ★ 609 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
Purchased 2009, BB Dec -14.
Black color, some lacing. Malty, chocolate, a bit sweet scent, sligh tobacco. Chocolate, cocoa, some raisin, hints metallic taste. Grainy, fudge, bitter taste as well. Bitter, pith aftertaste. Medium to a bit smooth mouthfeel, medium to slight medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
650ml bottle, cellared for more than 6 years, then shared by all during the family Christmas with the 08/09/10/11/12 as a vertical tasting. Thanks for the help in procuring over the years bro! The best of the 5; almost a porter in thickness, with a belgian spicy tang to it. Tasty, without being too sweet or spicy. 13.8

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Smokey, pitch black. Slight blends of tobacco, molasses, coconut, coffee. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (239) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
Halvstor doft av choklad, kaffe och mörkt rågbröd. Lite metallisk och hård arom med inslag av melass. Svart brygd med lätt oljig textur. Kort mockafärgat skum med en kvardröjande hinna. Smaken domineras av choklad och kaffe, har en lätt syrlig efterklang där en söt, välrostad malt med tydlig salmiaken växer fram. Eftersmaken är milt besk och förvånansvärt kort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
[Ölprovning hos Fredrik i Ängelholm 7 Maj 2015] Bra balans, hel del kaffe..

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