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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
rds (230) - USA - OCT 29, 2009
Never expected the dark, rich body from the description, nice thin tan head, soft lightly roasted aroma, mild cocoa taste, not too sweet, balanced brew with a clean finish.

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TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bomber pours deep black with minimal, quickly dissipating tan head into a chalice; nice lacing. Well malted aroma with a noticeable yeast presence; chocolate, molasses, vanilla, raisin, dark cherries. The taste is heavy malts, prevalent black licorice, mocha, flows into a vanilla silkyness, finishes with raisins, plumbs, cloves, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and molasses come out more as it warms. Full bodied, heavy on the palate with low carbonation and a fluffy smooth mouthfeel. Quite drinkable but some alcohol notes can creep up on you, though I found this pleasant, though it sat in my stomach pretty heavily. A truly unique brew, seems like a combination of a Belgian strong dark ale and an imperial porter. Tasty tasty, cheers to Stone.

3.9
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a surprisingly dark black, with a hefty brown head. Muted but pleasant aroma of coffee, malt, and caramel. Complex flavor - grassy, citrusy hops, with a strong malt backbone. Spice-heavy, with coriander and nutmeg. A bit of yeasty tang. The palate is very creamy and smooth, with little alcohol bite, but a bit of an astringent finish. A little odd, but quite nice.

4.3
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 22 oz Bottle -- Pure black with a tan head. Light aromas of raisins, along with large amounts of dark chocolate. There is an intriguing creamy banana component to the nose but unfortunately it does not transfer over into the flavor of the beer. Big bold coffee accompanied by vanilla, and dark chocolate. Citrus hops are noticeable but has relatively subdued bitterness for a Stone brew.

4.1
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
A fine brew from Stone, also the first I’ve managed to get my hands on of the vertical series...I’ll try and get the next three, this one has me anxious to try whatever is next.

4.4
adamah (214) - California, USA - APR 20, 2013
Oh wow, What a great complex beer! Chocolate and spice dominated the aroma. The beer poured a thick creamy black. The taste was very chocolatey and fruity but that gave way to the strong wood character and vanilla finish. A very satisfying beer.

3.6
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours dark with a red-tinged foam. It has the aroma of chocolate and sweet berries. The flavor is dry with berry flavors.

4.1
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
22oz bomber courtesy of ’The Dork’. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a frothy creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, spices, banana, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavour of vanilla, dark chocolate, citrus and malts and yeast. Bitter and dry. Interesting flavor.

2.9
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
Great pitch black pour with brown head. from tap. Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and belgian yeast are very present aromas/flavors, but not sure if they mix well. I’d heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say I’m not a fan after trying.

3.9
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Dark Cola with ruby edges, almost opaque with thich tan head. Aroma of deep raost, carbon, sweet berries, dark chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A small bite on the tip of the tongue to start, woodsy hop bitterness. Develops into deep roast, carbon, dark bitter chocolate, very woody, bitter chocoate and toffee finish. Alcohol is peppery, but not overpowering.


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