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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2.7
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
pours black with basically no head. aroma is of chocolate, raisins, malts and some black licorice. the taste didnt knock me over either and i was expecting it to from what i had heard about this. mostly coffee, and hops but it was bitter and peatmossy. i was super excited to have this and kinda let down. stone makes great stuff, but im sorry i cant classify this one as topping the charts.

2.9
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle. I love Stone as much as the next guy, but I did not enjoy this beer and I was so looking forward to it. We were pairing it up with some smores on a trip to a cabin and I thought it would be wonderful. I picked up on the notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of citrus from the peel, but I found it to be chalky and dry. I trust Stone and I’m giving them the benefit of doubt. They say not to drink it until 12-12-2012, so I’ll get another bottle and hold on to it and re-rate it in a few years

3.1
Em (102) - USA - APR 11, 2010
Very dark in color. Brown head. Very strong vanilla after taste and smell.

3.4
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Pours black with no head and a smoke and berries in the aroma. Dark chocolate androasted malt flavor with a big lingering citrus finish.

4.3
CardsFan25 (95) - - DEC 28, 2012
Great way to finish my first session at the "World of Beer." Dark with a smooth aftertaste...i can’t wait until next year’s shopping trip!

4.2
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown, accompanied by a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely prominent--the smell of alcohol is predominant, mingled with orange and chocolate. There is also some tannin present, a faint aroma of wine and grape. The taste is dense and complex, but opens up as you work through the beer and as it warms up. Alcohol dominates, but chocolate malts are discernible. Fruit and some spice is present and becomes more so. There is a roasted flavor in the aftertaste, but it gradually diminishes. Make no mistake, this is a strong ale, not a stout. But stout and porter lovers will find much to appreciate here. Mouthfeel is kind of average in comparison to the aroma and flavor. Slightly thick, and with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Does’t detract from the experience, but doesn’t add much. In sum, an excellent beer that lives up to the desciption. Orange and chocolate are the leading flavors, and lovers of fine liquor or red wine will find much to like, too.

4.1
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Dark chocolate color, but the taste is much crisper than it’s appearance. There is a coffee & chocolate carried taste that also has a vanilla tone.

4.6
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Pours a deep black that light can’t penetrate. Smells of caramel, hops, and sadness. Very complex taste of all of the above. Good beer.

4.1
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Color of tar, opaque, with fluffy head-laces the glass. I smell nuts. I smell stir fry, possibly a hit of sesame seed oil. Battle of different flavors stays on the palate for a looong time. Bottle at Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL.

3.4
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Starts with a nice foamy tan head with a pitch black body and a roasty aroma. the taste is dominated by a boozy highly carbonated with chocolate notes.


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