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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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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

09-12-2013 19:09:38 | More by CityofBals
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switzer

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-12-2013 01:16:27 | More by switzer
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +15%

enjoyed today, 9.9.13! bomber to a snifter, vintage is exactly 4 years old

Pours jet black with almost three fingers of mocha tinged foam, transparency is 0%, even on the edges when held to the light. Great lacing and retention, after three or four minutes we still have a finger of foam. Kept much of it's carbonation over the years

Smells strongly of chocolate, oak, raisin, molasses, brown sugars, vanilla and a bit of caramel malt. Not picking up much of the orange notes the bottle mentions, smells incredible though

Taste is spot on with the nose- strong upfront chocolate and vanilla that mix with the oak. The orange is next, much more present than in the aroma. Finishes with some all spice and a touch of clove. Very impressive

Feel is I think my favorite part. Very smooth and silky, almost like drinking chocolate milk. Finishes pretty well, very pleasing going down. Medium bitterness, no alcohol present. Dangerously drinkable

Overall this aged incredibly, I weep this was my only bottle

09-10-2013 00:58:21 | More by lordofstarside
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thin light tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Chocolatey, a bit boozy, nutty, dark fruit, a touch of coffee and roasted malts. Overall impression is pretty sweet without being cloying.

T: Chocolate, toffee, nutty, dark fruit (plums and raisins), vanilla, with sweetness and a bit of roasty bitterness in the end.

M: Medium to a bit lighter-than-expected body, but sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract. Low carbonation sensation.

O: I thought this was pretty tasty, but not blowing me away. Glad to have tried it, but there are better examples of style out there.

09-09-2013 18:25:45 | More by macrosmatic
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-06-2013 18:00:09 | More by swierczt
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-31-2013 00:20:56 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

08-13-2013 18:41:19 | More by JTomczak
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Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-13-2013 16:46:16 | More by kscaldef
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JamesZ

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-08-2013 16:10:05 | More by JamesZ
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

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Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-31-2013 06:48:05 | More by Smurf2055
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N17shelfside

California

4/5  rDev -2%

07-30-2013 03:09:33 | More by N17shelfside
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moonknight31

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-24-2013 05:42:00 | More by moonknight31
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fitzy7840

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-16-2013 09:26:44 | More by fitzy7840
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

07-08-2013 04:44:40 | More by WOLFGANG
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.