Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.59/5 rDev -12%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
A- pours a deep dark brown the color of cola, a one finger tan head emerges and dissipates down to a covering, decent amount of bubbles pop at the surface
S- roasty dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, candi sugar, dark fruits particularly figs and raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg
T- black coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla, alcohol, extremely roasty and overpowers anything close to belgian flavors
M- medium body, decent carbonation, slightly creamy but finishes dry
O- Slightly disappointed in this one, the body was a bit too thin for my liking, additionally most of the belgian flavors were either non-existant or, and more likely, they dissipated over time with the aging, still drinkable but nothing to write home about
05-04-2013 00:26:38 | More by nova009
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12, review from notes.
A: Quite dark, pretty much black with a small tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some random lacing down the glass.
S: Some light Belgian yeast, a bit of chocolate, roasted malt, banana, and some wood.
T: Quite similar to the aroma, some banana, more dark fruit in the flavor profile than the aroma, with a bit of chocolate, cloves, and raisins.
M: Medium bodied, maybe a little thin. Slightly dry finish.
O: This one was fine, not my favorite, but not bad overall.
04-10-2013 00:05:33 | More by mdaschaf
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
I went into Kroger tonight intending to get 2 10.10.10s and didn't realize that one row was still the 09s. Lucky break. I had tried this several times, but never reviewed it.
Pours darkly into my Duvel tulip, with a 1 to 1 1/2 finger tan head that recedes rather quickly to a ring around th4 glass and slight haze over the surface of the beer. Good lacing.
A wonderfully fruity, chocolaty aroma reminiscent of cheesecake. A nicely sweet Belgian aroma.
A bit of sweetness, but nearly overpowered by the bitterness. Tastes of bitter chocolate, burnt malt, and a hint of coffee. I get no hops--unusual for a Stone brew. The malts reign supreme.
Medium-bodied. Just slightly sticky. Nice warming alcohol burn in the throat.
A good drinker, but the ABV slows you down.
I took no notes, but I seem to remember this being sweeter before. Like my last homebrew (a Baltic Porter) it seems to be less sweet, more bitter, and more Kick-Ass, now.
This time around, I get a 4 finger tight, tan colored head that becomes chunky as it recedes, leaving some magnificent lacing. The body is black with no highlights.
Overall, the aroma reminds me of chocolate milk. Still, I can almost get my original impression of cheesecake. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, and oak, with tropical fruits and spice.
Light sweet malt upfront, but soon followed by bitter chocolate and roasted flavors. A hint of coffee, and some tart citrus aspects as well. A bit of dark molasses and vanilla shine through. Caramel and oak in the finish.
I call it medium-thick this time around. Moderate syrup becoming drying in the end. Light warming alcohol in the throat.
Not only does this beer smell like chocolate milk, but the thick tan head acturally looks like frothy chocolate milk. I think both the bitterness and the alcohol have mellowed in the two years and four months since I first reviewed this. Unlike the "08, this beer has improved, I believe it's a better beer now. I've knocked the taste up to a 4.5 from a 4.0. This is an elegant brew. Nothing harsh about it. I wish I'd saved more. I guess I'll have to brew it myself.
With 3 more of the series to resample, I'm saying this is likely the best brew of the the VEs I've tried (2007-2012)
03-21-2013 04:58:55 | More by obywan59
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
Bottle from Discount Liquors. Served in a tulip.
A - Dark tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and very dark brown body. Spotty lace lingers on the sides of the glass.
S - Roasted malts, lightly spicy Belgian yeast, light vanilla and oak notes. Sort of Belgian stout-esque. There's a mild aged quality to this one, but it's not particularly oxidized. Solid stuff.
T - Roasty, with notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and raisins, and a touch of banana bread. Alcohol is pretty well-concealed.
M - A tad watery for the ABV. Roasty, with a dry finish, lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence.
D - A solid roasty dark Belgian ale. I remember liking this when it was fresh, and it's still a pretty decent brew. Would drink again.
03-09-2013 02:38:38 | More by MasterSki
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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