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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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Ratings: 821 | Reviews: 531 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

01-06-2014 14:36:31 | More by ThatsThatDude
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-15-2014 15:42:33 | More by liamt07
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

07-14-2013 01:15:47 | More by IrishColonial
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

02-07-2013 00:50:34 | More by doucmehu
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

05-13-2013 22:28:03 | More by mikeincharleston
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while doing a 07-12Belgian vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that left a light blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint chocolate and esters...smells over aged?

T - Taste is a bit old light roasted malts, chocolate, faint citrus. Really did not hold up to the aging.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but solid albeit meh for the style.

O - Overall this was an okay beer nicely smokey with chocolate and citrus. Still though there's better Belgian strongs.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:30:01 | More by rudzud
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-22-2013 19:24:23 | More by AdamP
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bulletrain76

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Nearly black in appearance with a light tan head of good thickness and consistency; bordering on pillowy. The aroma has a good deal of tangerine and raspberry mixed with burnt toast and charred oak. The longer the beer warms, the more the fruit pops out actually, with a striking vanilla kick coming out, and an almost sour patch kid tartness. They really seem to have crammed a lot into the aromatics. The flavor brings the same qualities of burnt malt, oaky tannic bitterness, boozy vanilla extract,and citrus sweetness together. They aren't really working in harmony, and not as well as in the aroma. There just seems to be a little too much going on right now, but I can see that changing with some age. The mouthfeel is a little hot and astringent, with the alcohol and oak ganging up on your tongue. On the one hand, this is the third year in a row that I have thought that the Vertical epic release was a little weak and unrefined in general, but at least this one tastes like three years in the cellar might actually help it out

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 04:09:33 | More by bulletrain76
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jvillefan

California

3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A very dark body with a half finger mocha head.

S: Very mute aromas. There is subtle chocolate aromas present.

T: I have always heard people describe the taste of their beer as soy sauce but have never had that flavor in my beer...until now. Soy sauce is dominate in this beer. There is very subtle chocolate in the background of this beer.

M: Nice body with great carbonation.

O: This beer could have been great had it been able to age a little better. I believe at some point in time this was a 4.35 beer, now unfortunately, it is not even close.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:48:23 | More by jvillefan
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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