Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 728   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
The aroma and flavor mirror each other here. Too many flavors clashing with each other....yeast esters, citrus, chocolate, toastiness, oak, clove, molasses...etc. Too much going on, but its a young beer. They should wait to release beers like this for at least a year. The finish is watery thin and has a slight alcoholic burn. Its just too young to be "balanced" or "all together". Some time would obviously do it well, but the body is still very thin (probably thanks to very active Belgian yeast). The ingredients in this beer were obviously framed for the "beer nerd" but it falls short for those of us that actually like to drink beer ready on release. I could only purchase 1 bottle and refuse to wait 1-3 years to drink it. Muddled at the moment.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle shared with slines and MmmcKay. Pours a very near black with ring of brown head. Nose is anise, coriander, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is not quite as good. It is overly blended imo. No real stand out flavors, just a melding of chocolate, oak, and citrus, maple, vanilla. I just dont know if I can get behind this one. Semi bitter finish. Maybe this one will be better on 12/12/12....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
A good brew, a bit darker than that of years past. it has a little burntness but overalll a good beer. i have not been expecting much of these beers for the past couple of years cause they always seem to let me down. This is no exception

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from ? I forget. Good strong dark belgian that lit me up. To me, howevs, this brew totally lacked complexity. Just didnt really leave you thinking and tasting flavors. It just went down, got me drunk... tasted good, just not as much to it as I thought maybs. I realize its supposed to be aged 3 years but... ehhhhhh

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Pours a black color with medium light brown bubbly head. Aroma is of chocolate, burnt grain, light coffee and light spice. Taste is more chocolate that I expected with some Belgian spice that plays nicely with the chocolate grain. I dont pick up a whole lot of tangerine, but there is some subtle citrus. Overall, its pretty good, but again, like most Stone beers, theyre good, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is alright, slight citrus and bread. Estery notes as well. Some roast also. On taste, a touch of smoke, orange peel, burnt bread and a metallic tinge. I dont see this aging well at all. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2010
While I generally dont care too much for imperial stouts (or similar styles), this dark, chocolaty but not too coffeey beer has a lot going for it. There is a very sweet nose that masks the bitterness of the hops and chocolate malts, but compliments the oaky and vaguely vanillay flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9556) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours deep opaque black with thin off white head, aroma is big fruit and tangerine with some belgian yeast character. Taste changes drastically as it warms. Cold, it taste solely of tripel-like fruit and tangerine, but when warm there is a big chocolate and vanilla portion, leaving a dry taste in your mouth that is surprisingly bitter. Nice and complex, my favorite VE yet.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
This is a very dark, dark brew with a brown head. Aroma is of slight malt. The flavor is really complex with chocolate, malt and it is very smooth and drinkable. Very nice.


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