Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 729   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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4.2
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Release date 9-09-09. Pours with a fingering tan creamy large head. Black , Black , Black in color with flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, and cream. Bitter sweet and divine. A wonderful dessert like beer goes great with a cigar.

3.8
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours black with a strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and flavorful body with notes of caramel and chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Served cold from bottle. Dark brown pour with a diminishing off-white head. Not strong aroma, hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor features lots of roasted malts, strong alcohol presence, and some dark fruits. Very good. Preferable to last year’s rendition.

3.6
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
A very dark, almost black beer with a small cream colored head that leaves lace. Aroma is mostly roast malt - burnt toast, some coffee with some fruitiness as well. Flavor is chocolate, hop bitterness. Not as thick in the mouthfeel as I’d like. This is an interesting beer - a blend between imperial stout and a Belgian dubbel.

3.8
b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a black color with a slight reddish tint to the head. Small head melts away to a fair amount of lacing. Medium carbonation. Description is Belgian Strong Ale, but reminds me of a stout. The bitter maltiness is a bit much for me. I can taste the chocolate and fruit flavors. This is a very unique beer, just not my favorite of the Vertical Epic series

3.7
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Dark brown beer sits below a tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malts with a hint of caramel. Flavor is the same, sweet chocolate and caramel malts with a bitter coffee finish. Flat feel to it. Maybe a little more porter than belgian. Barely medium bodied and nothing to really speak of as far as the palate goes.

2.9
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
The whole deal seems to green to be approached right now but I’ve only got one bottle so: Aroma is natural greens (like dandelion), triple sec and black pepper. Flavor is something burnt that I just can’t place, smokey and tannic with a drying effect almost immediately. The mouthfeel is most unique. The feel is gritty effervesence, almost like the liquid equivilant of smoke. Chalky might not be a bad word and with a medium body I oddly enjoy the texture. Aging might be the key here. Thank You Stone. 2009 22 oz.

4.1
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.

3.6
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
22oz. Bomber. Pours a rich black color with a nice collar of tan foam. Nose is dry, with some dark chocolate and Belgian yeast notes. The clove and banana flavors from the yeast dominate, but if you let it sit for a bit some other flavors can be pulled out from underneath. Chocolate flavors are evident up front, followed by a note of dried oak with a spicy citrus flavor that is discernable at the end. Hops are somewhat muted especially for a Stone beer, but there is a bitterness at the end. Complex mixture of flavors, but unfortunately they are drowned out a bit by the clove/overly ripe banana characteristics from the yeast. The body is just about right, malty and substantial, but not overly viscous. Overall a good effort at making something a little different, but I just don’t really care for the flavors imparted by the use of Belgian yeast in this one.

4
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Draft @ House of Beer...pours deep brown with a rich, foamy tan head. Nose of vanilla bean, coffee, citrus, and cocoa. The flavor consisted of a bitter chocolate, coffee bean layer followed by a slight sort fruit tartness. It was also very heavy on the Belgian yeast. It had a very short, dry finish with some mild carbonation. I really enjoyed this one and wouldn’t hesitate to have another!


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