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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

821 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 34
Gots: 264 | FT: 10
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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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

12-19-2012 20:31:43 | More by GrindFatherBob
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque dark mahogany with a smallish tan head. Aroma has an initial strange "fishiness" that is faint although detectable as well as toasted dark caramel and chocolate. The flavor is again slightly "fishy" as well as doughy, light spiciness and chocolate. Big carbonation and full bodied. Finish is very dry and toasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 19:03:08 | More by kmeves
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A local bar put this keg on draught to celebrate the completion of the Vertical Epic series. Cost was $6.00. Served on-draught into a New Belgium branded stem-goblet in Southern California in 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention for the ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raisin, vine, spice/mulled character, caramel, dark malts, must, brown or refined sugar, buried roast, and milk. A somewhat messy aroma, but a generally appealing one. Above average in strength.

T: Vinous, medicinal, and herbal. That's a hell of a shrewd start. Dark malts and caramel in the body. Vinous on the finish. Light raisin throughout. Some spicing. Chocolate malt. Some grainy bitterness in the third act. Strange indeed. It's off-putting. Too heavy on the spices; it's a bit earthy and grainy probably from nutmeg/coriander/other spices. Messy and imbalanced in classic Stone fashion. I like the experimentation, but this didn't turn out great.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and caramel heavy. Decently carbonated. Pretty good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Even aged (albeit in a keg), it leaves a lot to be desired. I wouldn't have it again. Another merely decent offering from Stone.

C

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 19:54:30 | More by kojevergas
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scottfrie

California

2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of foamy light brown-orange head that reduced down into a thick film leaving some streaky lacing.
S: Dark fruits and Belgium spices. Slight sweetness and faint yeast. Not potent smelling.
T: Woody, toasted grains, some fruit, hints of Belgium spices, with some alcohol notes. Leaves a dark coffee aftertaste in your mouth. Also has chocolate notes, especially in the aftertaste. None of these flavors are huge however. Aftertaste is slightly off-putting.
M: Surprisingly thin. Not much flavor either. Has a predominantly toasted flavor.
D: This might be an okay porter, but this was a very unimpressive Belgium strong dark ale. Not much flavor was present and it has a disappointingly thin body. Flavor was surprisingly toasted without a lot of sweet fruits, spices or yeast. This beer didn't have much of a smell either. What flavors were present were decent though. I was pretty let down by this Stone offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 18:10:58 | More by scottfrie
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blackearth

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black body with a khaki tan head. Aroma is pretty much just roasted malts, nothing too exciting. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Flavors are molases and caramelized brown sugar and very sweet. There's a "dusty" taste as well, and some earthy smoked peat flavors. This wasn't bad, but I didn't get excited to drink it after the first sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 19:09:58 | More by blackearth
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switzer

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-12-2013 01:16:27 | More by switzer
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-06-2013 14:00:47 | More by hiphopj5
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a shy foamy head. With the humidity and 4 years in the cellar I'll give it a pass. Smells like chocolate and orangey grape drank. Tastes like it smells: chocolate malty dark fruit.

I think this would have been better when it was released.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 14:44:04 | More by donkeyrunner
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-03-2012 19:33:55 | More by chrispoint
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-18-2011 03:58:56 | More by aanth
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-13-2013 23:15:24 | More by chippo33
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

05-18-2013 13:17:22 | More by ajzy
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golf4collet

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-20-2014 12:40:49 | More by golf4collet
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RichBeer

California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-17-2011 08:40:54 | More by RichBeer
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TimH


3/5  rDev -26.5%

05-19-2012 19:18:46 | More by TimH
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-13-2013 16:46:16 | More by kscaldef
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-18-2011 15:00:05 | More by victory4me
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mrandypandy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-30-2012 18:29:53 | More by mrandypandy
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-08-2014 23:50:38 | More by NooseJustice
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armock

New York

3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that fades to just a thin layer quickly and leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate with some spices

T - This is a little bit of a let down its like drinking a home brew version of the style theres roasted malt with some spice and alcohol

M - This beer has a medium full body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me this is kinda hard to drink its like a bottle of home brew that has some weird flavors in it that just don't make it enjoyable I usually like just about everything from stone but this one isn't that good to me

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 15:47:19 | More by armock
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It was dark at the table and the glass (11oz) although thin was completely black. The tan head seemed constant at first with about a quarter inch but did eventually die.

The aroma was just about only smoke IMHO, maybe some dark molasses or fruits. The taste was dominated by burnt malt and a finish of bitterness.

Mouthfeel was thin with the bitter aftertaste. I hoped for more but all in all a good sipping Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 16:06:20 | More by ImusBeer
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big, fluffy brown head that is slow to dissipate. Some waterfalling. Looks rich and forboding at the same time.
Smell is mostly absent. Very light smoke, hops and malt.
Taste is malt, coffee, smoke, alcohol, earthy with some light spice.
Medium body,light effervescence, warming. Good but sadly nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:12:28 | More by PorterLambic
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super dark black with a good two inches of brown head, it looks like a stout. It smells a lot like malty chocolate and the taste is quite similar with the addition of a belgian yeastiness that saves this from being a stout in my mind. Still, maybe its a Belgian-style stout. I got not hint of orange-chocolate candy. This was very average to me, it was neither offensive nor impressive despite the uniqueness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:59:24 | More by ArrogantB
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Treebs

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color, almost opaque with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring and splotchy lace.

S: Roasted malts with some light chocolate undertones and a little anise. There's some earthy greeness to it as well.

T: Dark fruit, prunes and some roast. A light chocolate is noticeable, but unfortunately this one is slightly oxidized as well. Light cardboard with some woody oak and dirty earthiness.

M: Medium heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasted and dry finish.

O: There was an odd earthiness to it and the French oak didn't mesh well. Slight oxidation detracted from the overall "enjoyment" as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:55:31 | More by Treebs
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-15-2014 19:24:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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