Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to my buddy Danny for hooking me up with this bottle.
Using my New Belgium tulip for this one. The beer sits in the glass like a stout, dark and impenetrable to light. A thick two-inch layer of mocha colored foam sits on top and leaves some lacing on the sides as it falls down. Very good looking beer. About a half inch of foam retains for a long period, and a swirl brings back about an inch to life.
Light chocolate notes, like soft chocolate shavings on a cake, is the first I detect. Next would be the vanilla beans, toast, a citrus hint, and Belgian yeast esters. The aroma reminds me of having toast with a lightly roasted coffee in the morning. A touch of sweet coffee mingles with the chocolate as well as with some spiciness, like nutmeg or cinnamon, and nuts as well. After a few whiffs I am starting to pick up the toasted French oak, I guess that's were the nuttiness and hints of chocolate also come from. Interesting combination of Belgian yeast profile and the roasted malts. A little hint of cream and just a bit of alcohol in the background. I like the aroma, it's interesting. Not robust like a porter, it seems thinner with a dark candy-like touch...I'm sure it's from the dark Belgian candy sugar that thinned the body and added that slight molasses-like sweetness. A powdery sweetness begins to develop as it warms up. The citrus character of the beer grows a bit more as the beer warms up and comes across as orange, maybe you could say tangerine as I get a little tanginess at times.
More roasted in the flavor than the aroma would lead...starts out quite dry and roasted with a chocolate and toast middle, and finished dry again with more chocolate, coffee, oak tannins, and more toast. Belgian yeast fruitiness as in prunes, dates, and raisins are detected in the second sip. Darker chocolate flavors develop in the taste with a dry, oaky finish. Quite good and I think this one will get better with some time in the bottle. Just a bit too tannic, dry, and roasty right now and would like to get a little more sweetness. Hints of nuts in the aftertaste. Almost overly-roasted flavor. An orange-like flavor appears as the beer begins to warm up. I might be just a tad generous in the score, it's above average for me but not great...somewhere in the middle..."good" maybe?
High carbonation but proper for a Belgian style beer, soft on the palate with just a bit of aggression on the tongue. Medium bodied and fairly easy to drink. My favorite vertical epic so far, much better than the last two.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2009 02:13:34 | More by seaoflament
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4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Stone snifter
A- pours a nearly pitch black color with a small khaki colored foamy head that reduces to a ring around the edges
S- chocolaty malt with some charred malt aroma, sweet vanilla with some fruity hop aroma, burnt sugar
T- fruity yeast mixes with some sweet dark chocolaty notes up front, hints of vanilla, orange peel and burnt sugar, chocolate continues to linger on the palate long after finishing with some lingering woodsy notes that compliments it nicely
M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a foamy , dry finish, just a hint of lingering alcohol
O- the chocolate malt is enhanced by the additional of vanilla, fruity yeast notes add a nice dimension
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 01:50:34 | More by Treyliff
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
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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