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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

826 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 269 | FT: 12
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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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-19-2011 06:57:25 | More by Jstark5150
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-24-2011 20:01:07 | More by nmann08
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-07-2011 00:00:44 | More by imyourhero21
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-26-2012 17:49:04 | More by rogueleonardi
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AsymptoticOrbit

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

A - Dark brown with thin dark tan head.

S - Dark fruit with a hint of sweetness.

T - Lots of chocolate with dark fruit. Not much hops. Hints of Belgian spices. Finish is reminiscent of coffee.

M - Smooth and robust.

D - I love this beer. It's definitely delicious and very drinkable. I'll open another in a few years to see how it ages.

04-11-2010 00:49:27 | More by AsymptoticOrbit
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-21-2011 07:03:56 | More by bob727
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-01-2011 19:52:19 | More by bluntedboywonder
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-11-2012 22:05:48 | More by lccrunchy
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +22.9%

04-29-2013 01:45:56 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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aandresen

Arizona

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 15:50:32 | More by aandresen
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MaxOfMetal

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.9%

06-25-2012 00:16:04 | More by MaxOfMetal
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 18:06:08 | More by Jspriest
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 04:03:07 | More by tat2dhllblly
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 17:27:35 | More by TicoCali
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micstache

Arizona

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 19:01:12 | More by micstache
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-05-2012 02:18:13 | More by RyanGoodman
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Kanmekaz

Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-23-2011 01:41:51 | More by Kanmekaz
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-08-2011 20:15:54 | More by Rochefort10nh
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-09-2011 04:31:24 | More by rab53
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Amdy

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-08-2011 08:39:28 | More by Amdy
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cleverbeername

Nevada

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%

Drinkin in Bordeaux glass. Large head, 1.5 inches. Moter oil appearance, tan bubbly head.

Smells wonderful, obvious coffee notes and hidden scents.

Initially mouthfeel is great, redonkulous 30 sec. plus finish. dark, roasted coffee notes with orange citrus peel undertones. Great, but young. I would recommend this now, but buy a case to cellar for a few years.

10-31-2009 01:29:26 | More by cleverbeername
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ryanonline

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%

from bottle to a weizen glass (what i had availailable)

Appearance is dark and (very) slight trace of ruby, dark tan quickly dissipating head nice lacing but also quickly dissipating.

Aroma has lovely orangey vanilla scent, with a slight chocolate undertone.

Taste is really something, strong vanilla flavor with a nice orange undertone, (maybe some cloves). roasty dark chocolate malt finish with a moderately yeasty body.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth but a little heavy.

Drinkabilility is smooth though a little foamy and the finish lasts a long time.

I got this beer thinking it was going to be good, I saw lots of positive reviews (i hope they didn't affect my experience too much) but i was thoroughly impressed. Many wonderful flavors to taste and enjoy. like a lot of stone brews it definitely finishes BITTER, but really a great beer. i decided to cellar a bottle, and am looking forward to it down the line.

10-13-2009 02:18:41 | More by ryanonline
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

On tap at the World Bistro

Pours a midnight black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, chocolate and roasted malts

Taste is nice and complex, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, yeasty spice, vanilla and some orange peal.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich

Very drinkable beer IMHO, I love the complexity. One of my favorite epics yet. 8.9 ABV is well hidden.

This one is worth going out of your way to get. Get it while you can.

10-11-2009 05:08:56 | More by FLBeerGuy
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sirdrinkwell

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

a: poured from a 22oz bottle, the 090909 hits the glass as a deep chocolate mahogany, topped by a tasty tan head which recedes to leave modest lacing aroung the edges of the glass.

s: a spiced orange, yeasty chocolate aroma hits the nose immediately; a longer whiff reveals the malts and a bit of vanilla as well.

t: a vanilla, chocolate, yeast and malt all find their way onto the tongue in short order. the spiciness of the nose are present only as the most subtle undertone in the taste, nothing compared to what i would have expected given its prominence in the scent.

m: smooth, cool, and well balanced on the palate...

d: this is an entirely drinkable brew from Stone, the only downside is that it will be gone soon! i'm calling the store to get a case of this stuff tomorrow...we'll see if i can learn enough beer discipline so that i can hold onto at least one bottle until after 12/12/12.

salud!

10-14-2009 01:55:01 | More by sirdrinkwell
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Poured into a tulip.

Very dark brown in color. Not quite black, but extremely close. One finger of off-white head, on purpose. Could have created more head but kept it to one finger in size on purpose.

Inviting aroma of fruits, molasses, deep roasted malts, and a little booze. Almost fruitcake like.

The flavor was even better. Similar to aroma but with the volume turned up. Raisin and molasses blend with a smooth blend off sweet chocolate and faint coffee. A little belgiany yeast is underneath serving up a bit of brown sugar. Notes of cherry and cola make a noticeable appearance and linger.

Fnishes long with a beautiful equal blend of flavors lasting long, after the sip. Full mouthfeel, very smooth.

This was a real treat. A belgiany fruit laced porter is how i would describe this. It's drinking great right now... Wish I had more bottles!

12-01-2012 03:35:52 | More by jbertsch
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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