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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3.5
fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2010
Black color; small, creamy head. Light roasted malt aroma, very light cream, ashes, milk, cardboard. Strong body, good balance between chocolate and roasted malt, with the required subtle sweetness; light spices; good hopping, obviously a bit hidden in this beer; the final unfortunately starts showing more ashes and roasted malts. Good but confused.

3.5
rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle. Black colored beer with a brown head. Oily malty aroma with tar, chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla and grass notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, tar, oil, some spices and some herbal notes.

3.1
mcberko (18422) - 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.

3.3
TBone (17783) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Bottled (PBF)
Dark, almost opaque black color, good creamy beige head. Some toffee, light licorice, cardboard and grassyness in the nose. Full-bodied. Lots of licorice, coffee, yeast, alcohol. A bit herbal note. Pleasant but way too simple.

3.9
FatPhil (16647) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 660ml bottle (dunno which webshop, maybe biercompass.de)
Lovely rich roasty aroma, some chocolate hints. Basically black, sticky large tan head. Very full palate, smooth, and in some ways a bit slick, but it’s working for me at the moment (I have a bit of a cold). Great roast, some more of the chocolatey aspects, earthy hops, touch of a metallic tooth-coating noble hop bitterness too. Finish starts with a slight burntness, then some cocoa-powdery chocalitiness. But some lovely dark treacle too. The earlier sips were so gentle - no sign of 8.6% at all. It does get just a little headier as it warms, but it never becomes hot or boozy. Gentleness is this guy’s winning feature. Aged perfectly, I’d like to say, at 5 years, but probably still has many more years in its peak. Good stuff, Stone!

4.1
brokensail (16601) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: Pouring into my Piraat tulip glass gives a very fluffy tan head atop a beautiful black beer. S: The first whiff reveals tons of chocolate and dark fruits. Further sniffs give coffee, toffee, spice, and sweet malt. A mild citrus aroma is present, but certainly not a major player. T: The flavor is very interesting. A slight coffee bitterness pairs well with sweetness from chocolate, fruit, and caramel malt. The spice is a bit more subdued than in the nose, but lends a little something to the beer. M: This is a very full bodied beer. The carbonation is moderate and quite appropriate for this beer. D: While this is a "Belgian" beer, the porter characteristics come through much more than the Belgian yeast and spice. This is certainly a "different" beer, but one that I enjoyed and look forward to trying with some age on it.

4
MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle, 8.9%. Good creamy and slightly roasted aroma. Almost black colour. Red shine. Good creamy stable light brown head. The flavour is nicely roasted. A little sweet, good creamy note. Some oak, hint of vanilla. Viscous mouthfeel, nicely smooth. Low carboation, but good. Very nice.

4.2
bhensonb (15493) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bomber from Bevmo. Pours dark brown with a 2-finger dark tan head. Aromas of darkly roasted malt, dark fruit, citrus, light fruit esters, yeast/spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts with hot bits. Dark roast malt. Darkish fruit. Banana ester. Yeast. Belgian spice. Finishes towards dry. More bitter than not. Exceptionally tasty ale. It’s really exceptional.

3.8
djd07 (15285) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy tan head head that leaves spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt with chocolate coffee and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt with chocolate and a nice bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. A very good Belgian Strong Ale from Stone.

3.6
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle at home - Thanks Joergen. Almost black - brown head. Roasted, berries, chocolate, ryebread, light spicy, caramel, bitterness, sweetness, toasted, grainy, straw, fruity, citruc, grassy, piney, vanilla, herbal, spicy. Very nice.


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