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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4.1
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Taste and aroma dominated by bitter roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla. Smooth mouth feel, full-bodied. very good.

3.6
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2009
The aroma is just a slight malt with a slighter touch of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is interesting, cascading through flavors as it warms in the mouth. It starts as a chocolaty malt, moves through some vanilla, touches on hops and citrus, and ends slightly bitter and warming. This is rich and interesting, a nice addition to the vertical collection. I can’t wait to see how it ages.

3.8
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 14, 2009
22 oz bomber: pours an opaque black with beige diminishing head, nose is redolent of tobacco, dark chocolate, treacle, quite nice. Very smooth palate, slight citrus quite like a Terry’s chocolate orange, very faint grassy hops but with a solid bitter backbone, slightly smoky, vanilla bourbon towards the finish. Reminiscent of Harviestoun’s Old Engine Ale.

3.8
m4rest88 (390) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Coffee, Chocolate and yeasty. Aroma smells of vanilla and coffee. - great tasting beer too - smells the same as it tastes. Stone comes through again, with a great brew!

3.5
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 Devil’s 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
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 it’ll age.

3.8
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
similar qualitites to an imperial stout <<<<<<<<<<<<&l blocked due to obscenities>>>>>>>>>>

4.3
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
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Had this bomber with my Christmas dinner last night. This stuff, as it’s 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!

4.3
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, 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.


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