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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3.5
PhillyBeer2112 (2876) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Very dark purple brown, essentially opaque. Smooth with flavors all over the place. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a citrus peel note emerging. Vinous and tannic at the finish, also a touch dry. Cacophonous is the word here, it seems.

3.5
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2009
The VE Series returns... Pours a fairly dark brown with a fairly black hinge in there. Nose right off the bat is nothing but roast, roast, burnt roast, and some coffee. After about 10 minutes or so, the orange starts to make its way into the nostrils a tiny bit. The flavor starts out like a mild porter with some odd banana hints, and then seriously turns roasty stout on you in no time. Burnt chocolate on the end, tiny hop notes linger in the roast as well. At this point, it tastes stout, and that’s about it. It is more than likely extremely hot right now and could use some down time, but overall, not what I was expecting given the hype once again. It’s a great tasting beer, just nothing of what it is billed to be. See again in 6 months.

3.5
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours dark with a thick latherous head that lingers. Aromas are off and on appealing and not so appealing. A consistent cocoa essence rally round the family. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Bitter and chocolaty. The citrus bitterness is there especially on the finish. It’s rich in cocoa yet the citrus rind component kills the buzz. A nice play on flavonoids.

3.5
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Really a Belgian stout.. A ton a cocoa, full carbonation an a thin orange beige head. Thinner palate without much of a hoppy palate as I would have expected after tasting previous years.

3.5
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Thanks to Jim for bringing the bottle. Dark brown with a medium creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate with hints of citrus and coffee. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, mild alcohol, and some light orange on the finish. Mild roasted bitterness and minor warming as it warmed.

3.5
Ratman197 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light citrus and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish. Tastes like a decent stout, but nothing Belgian or fruity like the bottle says.

3.5
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2009
DO NOT OPEN YET. Give it time....Dark, dark brown in color...almost black. Notes of anise, coriander, apricot, cardamom, dark chocolate, instant coffee, oldish coffee, bitter cocoa. Lots of fruit especially on the front of the palette and tip of the tongue. Mid palette and finish really picks up the bitter, roasty coffee and chocolate flavors. The beer is full of complexity. Truth is that it has a ridiculous amount of aromas and flavors going on. However, there does not appear to as of yet to be any focus. Lacks any sort of anchor flavor that ties in all the other flavors. This beer needs time. It needs some bottle age and some time to relax from shipping. It may have bottle shock at this point still.

3.5
deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured near black with a thick brown head. Aroma was full of malts, cocoa, caramel and roasted coffee. Flavor had cocoa notes and some burnt caramel. A hint of alcohol underneath and a kiss of vanilla and citrus. A bit thin on the tongue.

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.

3.5
notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours nearly black, with a thick tan head that sinks to a soapy lace - aroma of bittersweet chocolate, roast, char, vanilla, orange, light belgian yeast character - creamy texture in the mouth - the flavor is of a heavily roasty chocolate stout brewed with belgian yeast - however, the roast and bitter chocolate notes squash most of the belgian character - some notes of vanilla sweetness - I taste no trace of oak or orange peel whatsoever - just a straight up roasty belgian stout - a pretty good one, though.


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