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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
A fine brew from Stone, also the first Ive managed to get my hands on of the vertical series...Ill try and get the next three, this one has me anxious to try whatever is next.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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. Id heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say Im not a fan after trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
Had a pint of this at Binnys in the South Loop in Chicago. Stone just started distributing in the city so Binnys had some special brews on tap. I was really surprised to be served a dark beer after having the 08.08.08. I was under the impression that they were the same style but just different year. I was dead wrong. This came out a deep brown color with an imperial stout-like brown frothy head. The aromas consisted of a ton of roasted malt, some chocolate and sweet vanilla, and sweet dark dried fruit. The taste was an amazing mix of roasted malt, light chocolate, and some dark fruit. This was extremely easy to drink and hid the 8.5% very well. I kept wanting more after every sip. This was far superior to the 08.08.08! I am really happy that I had a chance to try this one! Stone - welcome to Chicago!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Jet black creamy light brown head. Smells of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a hint of citric hops. Full mouth feel, very coffee and chocolate like but with a distinctively lingering bitterness throughout. Not sure if the hoppy component is in balance with the roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Dark orange-brown with tan head S: Cocoa, chocolate orange, dairy cream, roasty malt, banana, clove, peppery spices, aged oak, timid coffee and a pinch of cayenne. T/M: Chocolate sheet cake, cocoa powder, chocolate orange, orchard fruit, hints of vanilla bean. Creamy but grainy feel in a full body with prickly carbonation. Smooth finish of chocolate and oak. O: Huge chocolate base with varying types and a good oak aged flavor that developed nicely. Bold flavors and one to really enjoy. Serving type: bottle

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