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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

824 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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Ohio

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JohneHoodlum

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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

Aromas of sweet cocoa with some lesser coffee and dark fruit characteristics. Slight hints of vanilla and herbal smells.

Rich malt, dark fruit, sweet cocoa nibs, and vanilla, all highlight the palate, but also some nice earthy hop presence, similar to the aroma. Subtle Belgian yeast qualities that only add to the complexity.

The mouthfeel is really smooth and slightly creamy, but too thin for such a big beer. The Belgian yeast should add some more to the mouthfeel but somehow does not.

Overall, this beer is a really solid offering especially for the higher ABV and extreme roastiness. Wish there was some Belgian influence, also wish I tried this fresh as well to have a comparison. Regardless it's delicious.

01-16-2011 21:24:36 | More by claspada
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ebrifan

California

4/5  rDev -2%

07-06-2013 06:09:43 | More by ebrifan
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

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levifunk

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

sample poured from a 22oz bomber

a - dark black, thick. tan head.

s - chocolate, dark fruit, some booze.

t - prunes, cocoa. spices and some fruitiness. sweet.

m - med/thick body. good carbonation.

o - tasty beer. very drinkable. rich flavor, so its probably best split with a friend.

06-04-2010 02:23:09 | More by levifunk
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North Dakota

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New Jersey

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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

Pours a murky dark coffee-like brown color with very thin tan head.

The scent is of sweet chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is very sweet initially, but very quickly turns to a dark chocolate, bitter coffee taste. Roasted malts and a dry bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied, dry feel with not a lot of carbonation.

This is a pretty decent beer, it is fairly complex and interesting.

10-10-2009 03:10:04 | More by BeerCon5
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

Vertical Epic 09.09.09 pours inky black with a big, frothy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a glass covered in patches and netted patterns of lace.

The aroma reminds me of a Belgian ale. Some chocolate and roasted malt with hints of orange peel, clove and pepper.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer has a soft velvet feel with a mild fizz on the sides of the tongue. The flavor is subtle and well balanced. Notes of chocolate and roasted malt with a blend of Belgian spices such as pepper and clove. It finishes with hints of dark fruit. Once gone a chocolate and clove flavor lingers on the palate.

I liked this beer. It's easy to drink and not over loaded with Belgian spices. Well balanced and tasty. I've saved a bottle to open after 12.12.12. I'm curious to see how it ages.

10-26-2009 23:38:52 | More by WanderingFool
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2%

12-15-2012 03:19:40 | More by SocalKicks
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2011 13:23:42 | More by sideshowe
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.