Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mjgarrett2:
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler 9.25.09 (finally got around to trying the VE with a few bottles saved away)
A-Brilliant dark mahogany, just shy of a stout revealing only the faintest of light to peirce it.
S-Layered and ellusive. Normaly my weakest sense (smell), however there are a number of different scent notes that arise but are difficult to pin down. A progression of bitter moving to mellower fruit tones and firm smoked accents, however not always ordered in that way. Seemingly complex and difficult to pin down.
T-Immidiate sensating on the back of your pallet with slight bitter fruit moving forward with a port-like savory flavor and finishing with a lingering smoked profile. The progression of flavor is unexpected but finishes back in a familiar way serving to solidify its identity rather than leaving you confused.
M-Starts warm but is a bit harsh mid way through. Slow and controlled disapation after swallowing eases the sensation back towards a more normal feeling.
D-Surprisingly fresh yet unrepettative. Many beers of this complexity are wearing out their welcome near the end of the first glass. Despite its stealthy assault on your palet that leaves you a bit confused for a moment, it is well rounded and coherent. Very impressive to pull of flavors of this kind.
This is a beer that is really not supposed to be served from a growler, but it has not disappointed. I have enjoyed it thus far and look forward to how it matures in the next few years.
Serving type: growler
09-26-2009 02:25:14 | More by mjgarrett2
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22oz into a pint
A - Brown with amber highlights. mocha head.
S - Some very nutty notes in the nose.
T- Comes off that it has sat too long. The edge is off all the flavors I think matter. The hopiness has turned offly grassy in the middle.
M - Moderate mouthfeel, lightly sticky.
O - Would have been better a while back.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 01:58:23 | More by katan
4.65/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
9.9.9 enjoyed on 1.30.14
A- Black from a distance. Darkest possible brown when you get up close. Beautiful khaki 1 finger head with excellent trailing/lacing.
S- Chocolate covered raisins! Vanilla and oak with a slight hint of booze.
T- Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex.
M- Thicker side of medium. Smooth on the tongue with subtle drying. Even the mouthfeel is balanced.
O- I've given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. I'm super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know I'll never have it again. I'm kind of new to aging beers, but if this is what usually happens, I'm all in.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 00:10:22 | More by tmm313
4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Four year old Nine pours much like a porter with a dark brown color and a gentle thin wispy head.
The aromas hold plenty of robust scents such as prune, fig, and date with tinges of caramel and soft tones of chocolate.
The taste starts chocolatey but move towards a chocolate covered raisin. It finishes with a roast coffee and malt that rounds things nicely.
The feel is quite smooth with a low level of carbonation.
This has great character overall with subtle complexities and robust elements.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 01:45:14 | More by KYGunner
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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