Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 727   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 9, 2012
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early September 2009. **Appearance**: Deep brown and slightly viscous. A tall, light-brown head is creamy and sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thick ring. Leaves massive laces on the glass. **Nose**: A hint of grapes or cherry at first, quickly, and then chocolate and a roastiness. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced and I get some vanilla and some oak. **Mouthfeel**: Medium-to-full bodied and silky smooth. Theres not a lot of bite, but again I can tell there were hops in this fresh. Its very clean drinking. **Taste**: Chocolate and toasted malts, then that fades to mostly the chocolate aftertaste. A slight hint of cherry or grapes around the edges. A touch of vanilla and smoke as it warms. **Overall**: This beer is phenomenal. It tastes like a mellow, slighly-chocolate porter. Its smooth and very well balanced. Its roasted malt is not too sweet at all. I love this one. Its my favorite of the series (and I still have three more to go.) **Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes phenomenal. I dont have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I cant say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any better than this one. It is pure awesomeness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bnokk (512) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Drinken in 2017. NOSE- licorice and deep notes. FLAVOR- NOTES- smells much better than it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1417) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1434) - 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 (3287) - 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 (526) - 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 (3790) - 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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   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 didnt 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 (9866) - Mlndal, 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 (2761) - 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

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