Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 726   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2009
sample: RNH: anything with the name Epic is cool with me! Pours like someone just slit the Devils wrists! or maybe that Gargoyle... Very complex nose, loads of dark fruits, aged sugars. I was surprised how thin and drinkable this beer is, yet full of flavor. Some roasted notes, dark chocolates and coffee... again the dark fruits. End has some bitters, nothing too strong. A very complex beer but not too sure this is what they were looking for... I could see this being spectacular with a little fine tuning to strengthen some flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2009
pours a lot darker then expected. aroma is chocolate, burnt malt, bread, vanilla, sweet oak, spice, and a bit of citrus. drinks the same but very smooth and substantial chocolate throughout. very unexpected from last years but much more well rounded. i liked this fresh, but i wonder how itll age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
similar qualitites to an imperial stout <<<<<<<<<<<<&l blocked due to obscenities>>>>>>>>>>

4.3
   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

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Had this bomber with my Christmas dinner last night. This stuff, as its properly named, is EPIC! lol. Very dark pour, with creamy head. It was sweet, and malty, but also with some slight hop character. It reminded me of the Hibernation Ale I had from Great Divide the other day. Really great stuff to have with an incredible meal. Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at redlight. This smells more like a porter to me than a strong. Maybe a little too much hops to be a porter, but still. Very roasty chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Really like this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (347) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
22 oz. bottle, very dark brown with nice creamy head and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cherry, and banana. You can taste vanilla, fruit (mixed berries), clove, herbal notes, and grass. Very complex and clean, well balanced, will improve with age.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
i was surprised at how much i enjoyed this beer. i love stone, but when i read descriptors like "chocolate malt" and "vanilla bean" i feel like running for the hills. but it is subtle and tasty, and still retains that "stone brewing" aesthetic. worth your money.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (343) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Black in color. Mocha color head. Two fingers thick.Coffee aroma with some chocolate finish. Creamy texture withbal mouthful feeling. There is a hint of chocolate. Caramel aroma sneaks out on the end. By far the best vertical epic thus far. Yummy. I love the darker beer. Glad they changed the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Aroma is chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, oak. Flavor is chocolate malts, coffee, and if you really look for it you can find the hints of orange citrus. Very impy like for me, but thats not a complaint. This is an enjoyable brew.


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