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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic AleStone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

821 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 34
Gots: 264 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 09-08-2009)
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Dijeriduster

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In the fridge for one year....
A - dark, dark beer with a big foamy head filled with the roasty colors of a coffee stout or RIS. Faded to a nice creamy cap that stuck around for the duration of the tasting.
S - again roasty flavours dominate, hints of coffee even though there is none in the beer. Oaky notes are faintly evident in the nose too.
T - Wow, after a year in the bottle this thing is even more of a monster than it was before. The citrus notes are all but gone - odd given the recipe included tangerine peel. Vanilla and mellow French oak come thru very strong now, making the beer somewhat sweet vs. its younger form. Shocking how much oak is evident, still some hop bitterness as well but that quickly fades as the beer heats up a bit, making the oak, vanilla and coffeeish notes spring forward.
M - I loved the mouthfeel, very creamy almost like a nitro stout at first which then thinned just a little on the back of a palate. The combo of a creamy feel with the oak and vanilla nose / taste is just killer.
O - Overall I think this is a brilliant beer. Its def close to being a RIS so not for the faint of heart. The oak notes are really nice, quite mellow as its French vs the harsher bourbon notes of most oaked beers. Based one how its improved in just a year I can't wait to see what this is like on the big day - 12-12-12.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:17:55 | More by Dijeriduster
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S- chocolaty malt with some charred malt aroma, sweet vanilla with some fruity hop aroma, burnt sugar

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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