Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.1/5 rDev -23.8%
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
05-11-2010 15:47:19 | More by armock
3.18/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
10-26-2009 16:06:20 | More by ImusBeer
3.18/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
02-02-2010 03:12:28 | More by PorterLambic
3.2/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
09-13-2009 02:59:24 | More by ArrogantB
3.21/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
02-13-2013 02:55:31 | More by Treebs
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
01-06-2013 23:30:01 | More by rudzud
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
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
09-28-2009 04:09:33 | More by bulletrain76
3.26/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
02-17-2013 01:48:23 | More by jvillefan
3.28/5 rDev -19.4%
Shared a bottle with Alucard4
Look: Black with brown rings around the edges 1/2 inch head and good retention
Smell: Belgian yeast with some vanilla and notes of chocolate
Taste: Upfront is a earthy kind of dirty Belgian yeast note and the backend has quite a bit of coffee and traces of chocolate
Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit chalky
Overall: When this beer first came out I loved it so much that I bought a whole case and now that a couple years has gone by this beer has taken a turn for the worse and I feel next year when people do the huge vertical they will be even more let down
12-29-2011 21:37:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.3/5 rDev -18.9%
A: Pours a nice solid black color with 2 fingers of coffee colored head. Nice lacing as well.
S: Almost smells like a saison yeast in the first blast. Then comes the roast and chocolate. A touch of fruit but I could never really flush it out.
T: Burnt espresso beans start off with quite a bit of bitterness. It really just falls off after that. I lacked the complexity I look for in their vertical EPIC series. A little bit of chocolate in the back.
M: The mouthfeel is great. Nice and creamy. Full bodied without being a burden.
D: This beer is all about cellaring right? Right now it is an OK beer at best. That being said this probably has the best chance of all the vertical epic beers I have had to last to 2012 (Had 2005 to present) I am really torn on this series. Great idea. I just don't know how many will make it all the way. Maybe this beer is a nod to that.
09-23-2009 23:52:32 | More by aerozeppl
3.3/5 rDev -18.9%
The last beer from a ridiculous haul purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida. Pours an opaque black with a thin ring of mocha tan head and threads of lacing on the snifter. Smell and taste are floral hops, vanilla beans, oak barrel, sweet dried fruit, roasted and chocolate malts, biscuit, strong bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. I get some orange peel on the nose, but not in the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium, spicy, a bit hollow, sharp carbonation, chalky and dry finish. The bold, citrusy IBUs do not complement the old ale elements in this beer. It drinks like a stale and boozy porter with IPA bitterness. Not a BSDA by any stretch of the imagination. I never thought I'd be disappointed with a Stone beer, but this one doesn't do it for me.
04-01-2010 04:56:55 | More by cratez
3.33/5 rDev -18.2%
Pours out a dark black liquid with one finger of very tan suds. Lacing here about the glass.
Aroma is very light cinnamon and star of anise and a formalahyde type smell.
Taste is a weak mishmash of sugar and charred malts with a hint of the pepper spice thrown in at the end. Not really enough going on here.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean with just a tad of sugar stickyness lingering at the end. The 8.6% is hidden well all through the tasting. The peppery feel at the back of the throat is kinda nice but that isn't enough to keep me coming back for another slug.
Overall this is another dissapointment.. It's not terrible by any means , just not noteworthy as far as good beer should be.
12-25-2012 21:46:20 | More by peabody
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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