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%
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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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3.7
PhillyCraft (7584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Backlog, Draft, pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small to medium head. Aroma and flavor of raisin, vanilla bean, chocolate, oak, plum, and banana. Some licorice and other spice as it sits in the glass. Bitter finish on a medium to fuller body.

3.2
luttonm (6552) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Soapy light ring, dark balsamic and cola. Light oxidation and red fruit. Bitter, chalky cocoa. Fruity oxidized body. Medium sweet. Light soy, molasses. Fair.

3.4
nickd717 (4772) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle, finally rating this one this time. Dark brown with a medium khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, orange, anise, oak, herbal notes. Sweet on the flavor, chocolatey with vanilla and citrus, slight Belgian-ish yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Pretty good.

3.6
bnokk (537) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Drinken in 2017. NOSE- licorice and deep notes. FLAVOR- NOTES- smells much better than it tastes.

3.6
kyzr (1589) - Montana, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Dark brown pour with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and touch of burnt coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and espresso.

3.4
bubblehouse (1561) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2016
The bottle was 7 years old but all things considering I think it held up really well.

4.2
cfrancis (3511) - 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.

3.7
Hoprider (716) - 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.

3.6
Enjoyit (3809) - 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.

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3.2
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


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