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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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833 Ratings
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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 34
Gots: 274 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Mosley1212
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque. Rich black color with a full inch of brown head.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, and a hint of fruit? Banana maybe?

T - A lot like it smells. You first get a taste of the roasted malt with hints of black coffee and bitter chocolate. It's an ok taste, not the best.

M - Really bitter taste. I'm not that big of a fan.

D - It's on ok brew, but I prefer Stone's other products. I love this brewery, but I'm not a fan of this one. Overall, it's ok. Not much else to say.

Mosley1212, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured in duvel tulip
A: opaque black, poured rather rough to make a billowing 3 soapy brown head. looked sexy in the glass.
S: belgian yeasts, coriander mostly, background banana, in the initial nose. smells great, roasted chocolate malts. my mouth started to water.
T: not what i expected form the nose, it caught me off guard. very stout like, interesting with the combinations of yeasts and spices, tastes green like the flavors have potential but, have not yet balanced out yet, the beer lacks balance that i look for in Belgian style ales.
M: the malts coat the mouth and does not let go, it finishes dry and bitter. which both the malts and hops contribute, full body that the carbonation does allot to lift for a lighter feel.
D: drinks like 10% alcohol. Astringent tastes, goes down but its a bit harsh would be better in 2012. (if you think this is an A+ give rochefort 8 or even chimay blue a try)

fastsrt, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Hershdawg
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle in to Vertical Epic Glass.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Lightly tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, caramel. banana?

Taste: heavy chocolate feel after 4 months. First time I had it it had a banana flavor to it from the yeast but that fell out. Fresh and aged this is still a great porter. hints of vanilla, and tangerine. These diminish after short aging.

Mouthfeel: Thick, not quite as thick as nitroed-Guiness. Feels good on the tongue.

Drinkability: As extreme as this brew may seems I could drink it forever.

Hershdawg, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip

A deep, dark brown, borderline black on the pour with a huge khaki head that fills the tulip perfectly. Some pretty fantastic retention and lacing, this guy holds shape really well.

Bittersweet dark chocolate notes right off the bat. The Belgian yeast strain adds a bit of tang and a noticeable presence of orange peel. Deep roast, tiptoeing char, and a herbal, earthy hop presence. A lot to offer here.

The flavors do not disappoint. Deep roasted malt with dark Belgian chocolate up front and orange peel throughout. The yeast adds a level of tartness that melds well with the sweetness of the chocolate. Dark fruits make an appearance briefly before a dry, coffee flavor grabs hold for the finish.

Smooth and lush. The carbonation is near perfect giving this a well balanced mouthfeel. Hearty and full, but light and playful in the right spots.

Some warming in the finish, but not a lot. The flavors really complement each other nicely and make this a fine drinking stout, er, belgian porter.

ColForbinBC, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

billed as a Belgian imperial porter

a: snifter serving, pours pitch black with a thick coating of creamy mocha head, very nice retention and light lace

s: smooth, dark roasted barley gives loads of bittersweet chocolate coated caramels carrying a subdued hop aroma, some smoky espresso, the oak and vanilla really start to push through after considerable warming, lightly yeasty underneath the dominant roast profile

m: carbonation delicate and smooth on the medium-full bodied beer, creamy

t: rich dark chocolates and smoky espresso creme drizzled with caramel, thick with a full range dark barley flavors, earthy hop profile provides a nice bitterness as the flavor turns slightly towards the charred side, at this point the oak and vanilla reveal themselves alongside a light dusting of yeast

d: no problems here, my favorite of the vertical epic series

blackie, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Quite honestly, after I didn't enjoy the 05.05.05 a few weeks ago as much as I was hoping, I decided to try this fresh and see what happens instead of cellaring.

Appearance: Nearly opaque in color, but very very dark, with a good mocha-colored head, leaving nice thick lacing above the glass, along with some raindrops and snake-like drops sliding down the glass.

Smell: A clean roasted malt presence is here, along with some spice and pepper, a little earthy phenolics, and some charred malt, leaving some coffee and chocolate to make itself known.

Taste: What I like here is the initial burst of semi-raucous hops that hit the palate first, with good acidic bitterness. Followed are dark and roasted malts, a bit of tar and charcoal, a bit of phenolic earthiness, and some discernible yet unsweetened chocolate and mild coffee. Lingering leafy and rind-like hoppy finish, along with some roasted and charred malts and tar and earthiness, and mild mild chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bright and intense champagne-like carbonation initially, but then it moves into some creaminess as it goes toward the back end, finishing with a bit of interesting graininess that I like. A triumvirate in its movement, which you don't seem to find often.

Drinkability: A thoroughly good and enjoyable brew, with nice nuance and complexity. It seems like the same thing may happen here that happened with the 05.05.05 in a few years: the hop presence will fade, leaving the sweeter malt characteristics to come to the forefront. However, it almost seems like cellaring a good IPA, one where the hop presence works nicely with the malt presence, so much so that maybe you don't want to have almost an entirely malty base and let the hops die off. If that makes any sense. That said, I've enjoyed this a lot, and I'm not surprised many others have also.

asabreed, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of cnally
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know I am cracking into this four years too soon, but whatever. Judge it now, edit it later.

Appearance is a very deep brown, close to black. Red tints come through around the edges of the glass. Soapy tan head, plenty of lacing.

Aroma is a smoky, nutty, bit of cherry nose, heavy alcoholic finish.

Big time nutty flavor, burnt caramel, very dark. Reminicent of a porter rather than a Belgian Dark. Finishes very smoky, heavily bitter.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky.

If labeled a porter or stout, I could see the consistency and flavor. But as a Belgian Dark? I know this should sit for four years, and theoretically it should mellow, right? But I have a hard time tasting this as nothing more than a syrupy stout.

cnally, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich dark brown/black that is non-transparent. HUGE sticky coffee brown head that fades to tan but fades about half way through. Leaves a great deposit of lace down the glass.

S - Right at first I get a mix of caramelized malts and dark sugars. The specialty black and/or chocolate malts can be picked up on in the background. The spices used can't really be detected by my olfactory (I do have a cold), and just the tiniest bit of ethyl alcohol aroma at the very end.

T - Again, the malts are the star in this one and there is a nice balance of base and specialty grains, not too overpowering. Nice roasted/espresso flavor as the beer warms in the mouth with a nice semi-sweet flavor cutting the palate. A sweet earthy spice character that interrupts towards the middle is pleasant and finishes with a nice bitterness.

M/D - Definitely a porter with the nice creamy medium-heavy body and feels very smooth on the tongue. Low carbonation let the flavors shine. Finishes a little bit dry due to the bittering. No real alcohol flavor but the cheek warming sensation is definitely there.

VaTechHopHead, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico back in 2009.

Poured near black with same faint garnet highlights. A nice, big tan head with a lot of lacing as it went down. Smelled of roasted malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate, orange, vanilla, and a bit of oak. The taste was quite similar, with the oak and orange peel really coming out. Medium mouthfeel, but a bit too dry, likely from the oak. Overall, a very nice and interesting addition to the series, and I'm looking forward to tasting it again over the next few years.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of everetends
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up at Hop City for 8 bucks or so. Thought I missed the boat on this one but was glad to see it lying about. Served up in a tulip.

A: Much darker than I was expecting. This might as well be black, very dark. Further investigation leads me to believe this is an incredibly dark, burnt brown. There is no chance of seeing through this sucker. Just impossible. Got about a finger of dark brown head off the pour. Has some pretty good retention as it recedes down to a bubbly ring that is imcomplete but sits on the glass. Moving it around on the glass leaves some lace on the glass and a dark brown film at times. Very impressive looking but much darker and more of a dark porter or stout look to it.

S: This is yet again more of a stout or porter type aroma coming out here. Very big in the chocolate department. Heavy on the cocoa, some dark chocolate. Getting some of the grains coming through along with the Belgian yeast quality. Fruity notes are very light in the nose, maybe some light cherry and berries. Light notes of coffee on the back end.

T: Still staying in the stout range. Getting a good amount of dark chocolate and cocoa mixing with a good amount of coffee to tell the truth. Strange and really threw me off for a BSDA, so stout in flavor at times. Heavy roast and smokiness coming out at times. not really getting a huge Belgian yeast character, no heavy spiciness in here. Maybe a touch of clove and pepper peeking through. Light notes of vanilla and molasses. Light fruitiness with some berry, plum, and grape. Muted though. It tastes great, but it doesn't seem to fall into the style for me.***As the beer warmed, I am getting a slight hint of the orange and tangerine flavors. The vanilla is coming out a bit more as well as the oak.

M: Heavy side of medium in body. Has some weight to it but if definitely too thin to be full bodied. Carbonation is on the high side at the start, but it isn't a turn off. It works well with the alcohol heat kicking in here. Seems to tone down the ABV at times but still has a good amount of heat on the throat and tummy. Aftertaste is all coffee and chocolate.

D: This isn't bad at all. I am enjoying the hell out of it but everytime I think BSDA, it doesn't seem right. So much more of a stout for sure. Is it bad? no. So we are still in business here. Shocked me a bit from the get go, but was still a good drink for sure. Easy drinking, still a sipper, but still good stuff.

everetends, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black with some faint ruby highlights coming through; bubbly, tan head.

S- Roasted malt with some burnt notes, chocolate malt and some vanilla.

T- Nice roasted/burnt malt flavor with some chocolate notes, complemented nicely with some citrus rind flavors.

M- Medium to full feel with a nice flow of flavor across the palate.

D- A unique twist on a porter; the Belgian yeast give in some very interesting qualities. Really worth trying!

TommyW, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but not thick and brooding. It might be opaque, but I don't really give a hoot. Light tan head. Okay lacing.

Spicy aroma with ethanol fumes. Touch of fruit.

Flavor is roasty and smoky. I'm not really getting the complex fruit character that Stone advertises. Somewhat hoppy. Basically this is a porter with the alcohol content of an imperial, but not the flavor to back it up. Mouthfeel was smooth, but not creamy. It's going down very easy right now though.

This Vertical is tasty, but far from "epic", and kind of disappointing given the price (7 bucks a bomber). Nevertheless, it's good, well-crafted beer. I'd expect nothing less from Stone.

dasenebler, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Dark brown under a good sized light brown head. Great lace and retention.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit, hint of roasted character and nuttiness, mahybe a little bit of oak and a bit of banana and bubble gum. Malt still dominates here, so I'm interested to see if in a few years some of the other character will come out. Still a good aroma.

T: Sweet again, but this time a definite Belgian yeast character. Bitterness is fairly high, no surprise considering the brewer, roasted and chocolate character blend with the bitterness well. Alcohol is there, hint of oak. Dark fruit sticks to the tongue and appears in the aftertaste.

M/D: Full bodied, a little prickly on the tongue. Alcohol is apparent. Drinkability is nice, very complex beer. Will be interesting to see how these complexities evolve over time.

NCSUdo, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of tuckevalastin
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pure black with a large foamy tan head.

S: Surprisingly it has a fuit tone that comes across the strongest.

T: Toasty and smoked with a hoppy finish. Some coffee flavors in the after taste. Not much of the choclate or fruit flavors comes through but some of their sweetness does. No strong alcohol taste.

M: A bit heavy but not so thick and without any heat. Relatively smooth. Feels alot like your average stout.

D: A nice casual drinker. It's a bit heavy but nit a task to finish.

Overall a nice beer. It's my first introduction to the Vertical Epic series and I'll certainly pick up the 10/10/10 when it comes out.

tuckevalastin, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a subtle Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is much the same. It's incredibly complex with loads of roasted and chocolate malt flavors. It goes down easy with a dry, chocolatey finish. The yeast creates a bit of fruitiness, but nothing that really deters the main taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's basically a chocolate stout with Belgian yeast character.

WesWes, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The aroma is light mostly coffee not much else.

The taste is light a little coffee and bitter. There is a light smokiness to it.

The feel is ok, not very drinkable.

This beer is ok, nothing special.

jrallen34, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in October, opened on a Friday night in January, 3 months later. This looks and smells stouty, maybe quite a bit like a Belgian stout. The beer is dark brown with a light brown froth, 2 fingers of finely packed bubbles. In the nose I get chocolate malts and some phenol products (a little banana, maybe clove), maybe just a trace of citrus rind. This isn't far from my memory of Black Albert, at least based on aroma. The taste is very much a stout, less similar to Black Albert than the smell, kind of unique with the astringent hit from the orange rinds. A lot of roasted malts and some chocolate too. Very good, maybe a little too much bitterness in the aftertaste but still good overall. The body is north of water but not to the point of chewiness, just a good stout consistency. Among my favorites from the VE line.

TurdFurgison, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, 09.09.09 VE is a very dark brown with a very large, dark tan head, with frustratingly long last, rocky settling, leaving foamy lace.

Smell is sweet and spicy, big esters, loads of clove and way overripe banana, a mustiness to it that's not too appetizing.

Taste is okay, from the first sip, I was put off by the intensity of flavor, and the lack of integration between the many components. There's a fine line between complex and kitchen sink. However, as my palate adjusts, it starts to work better for me. Definitely a big bitter chocolate component, a hint of the vanilla, not really sure about the orange. Stone was going for the taste of orange chocolates, and I'm not sure they really hit that mark. Will be interested to see how this ages.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium-heavy bodied, but not particularly viscous.

Drinkability is not to high, this is a really robustly flavored beer that just doesn't lend itself to rapid drinking. Nor is it the type of beer that I want to have again.

ccrida, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of blackearth
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.

blackearth, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of wcuberos
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a good dark color and a strong nose. When I poured it, it gave off a strong head and good aroma. The flavor sneaks up on you and finishes with a creamy chocolate flavor. I'd recommend drinking it alone or with a strong meal that would balance well with the flavor.

wcuberos, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours opaque black with a one inch head of light brown. A slow retreat revealed a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration as well as some moderate lacing.

Aromatics lead off with bitter chocolate, charred malt, and toasted raisins. Hints of nougat, coffee, and spicy phenols follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Almost velvety.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds start the palate. Lightly smokey with plenty of char and mild acridity.

Finishes with lingering bitter chocolate, a hint of raisins, and warming alcohol.

The Belgian character is quite subdued here, and the beer drinks more like a solid Porter. Nevertheless, a more than worthy cellar candidate it would seem.

brewandbbq, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 1 inch tan head dissipates slowly and steadily into about a millimeter bubbly froth ring around the glass. Some islands of lacing. Pours solid dark brown.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. Pineapple, raisin, some cherry, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Definite alcohol notes. The smell is bright and punchy. There's a woody and toasted character to it as well.

Taste: Medium carbonation and a nice smokiness. Not as fruity as the smell, though I get some pineapple. The smokiness is porter-like, and there's a strong note of vanilla in the middle. Occasionally tastes like a smooth milk chocolate. Beginning is sometimes kind of musty, but still sweet and smoky. There's a very mild soapiness, with some licorice notes. Aftertaste is like a more standard strong Belgian ale, like a trappist. Alcohol is pretty well-masked, but somewhat present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and well-carbonated (the carbonation is dominant but not overpowering). It approaches chewy but doesn't quite get there. The mild heaviness matches the big smoky flavor.

Drinkability: Pretty good, albeit a little boozy and heavy as you get through the bottle. For me, it's a bit too much of a hybrid for it to be a go-to beer--why not have a high quality stout/porter or Belgian strong ale? Still, it's definitely worth bringing out occasionally. As a beer to age 3 years and bring out for a special occasion, I think it's perfect (which is, of course, exactly what the beer is supposed to be).

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All in all, I was impressed by this beer. It delivers as a good trappist-influenced porter, with lots of interesting and pleasant notes in both smell and taste, and an expertly done mouthfeel. I doubt I'll drink another bottle before 2012, but I would suggest it to others, and definitely plan on cellaring some to see how the age broadens the flavor.

Pahn, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with some notes of roasted malt though bitterness is pretty tame. Taste is quite enjoyable with lots of black chocolate notes with a nice touch of roasted malt - not sure I could taste the vanilla or orange notes. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though a bit shy of character and I still have to wonder how this is going to improve with time.

Phyl21ca, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of LittleBug31
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very black. Quite a substantial medium-tan head with tiny, foamy bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Banana split even, with the pineapple and banana-bready aromas. Bright, crisp, and clean with a hoppy spiciness.

Taste: Whoa! Very roasty with lots of chocolate. Intense flavor. The sweetness of pineapple mixes with a smoky, burnt vanilla bean for an interesting taste. Shocks my mouth with each sip! --Flavors mesh and calm down quite a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: A strong jolt to the tongue. A bit too bitter for me. Overall very smooth; mild carbonation that is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable in small quantities, but the full-bodiedness and intensity makes me hesitant for more.

LittleBug31, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an intriguing black, with brown edges when held up to the light. An initial lively medium-tan head, dying down to a mere coating within a minute or two.

S: Fruity, roasty, chocolatey. The fruitiness is beyond what you would expect from just the yeast--it has a bright character (from the tangerine?) which fits together well with the citric hop notes. The roasted and dark malts manifest as chocolate, and char. Overall, it reminds me very much of a variety of incense.

T: Light unsweetened chocolate flavour with a interesting fruitiness. Smoke, roasted character. The finish is of bittersweet chocolate. I think Stone came pretty close in their attempt to "imitate a chocolate bar with orange." The flavours imparted by the vanilla beans are not prevalent, and I didn't seem to taste them at all before searching for them. The toasty character from the French oak is definitely there--fitting in nicely with the dark chocolate and roasty/smoky malt.

M: Medium carbonation, and velvetty smooth on the tongue.

D: The roast/toasty flavour would get to me for sure after more than a glass or two. An interesting beer from Stone, one that's progress will be checked sometime in the future...

darklordlager, Jan 04, 2010
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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