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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

817 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 34
Gots: 264 | FT: 9
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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Kaveman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

01-06-2014 02:44:11 | More by Kaveman
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%

12-30-2013 13:56:20 | More by BuckTuckian
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-28-2013 06:33:25 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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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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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2013 02:12:41 | More by jkball01
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four year old Nine pours much like a porter with a dark brown color and a gentle thin wispy head.

The aromas hold plenty of robust scents such as prune, fig, and date with tinges of caramel and soft tones of chocolate.

The taste starts chocolatey but move towards a chocolate covered raisin. It finishes with a roast coffee and malt that rounds things nicely.

The feel is quite smooth with a low level of carbonation.

This has great character overall with subtle complexities and robust elements.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:45:14 | More by KYGunner
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2013 13:40:13 | More by Hanzo
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2013 04:48:44 | More by BillRoth
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2013 04:11:36 | More by BayouBengal1537
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rye_so_serious

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-15-2013 17:05:58 | More by rye_so_serious
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juliusbush

California

4/5  rDev -2%

11-04-2013 23:34:09 | More by juliusbush
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jaybrough

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-12-2013 03:48:37 | More by jaybrough
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

10-07-2013 11:07:30 | More by bigred89
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-04-2013 22:38:17 | More by ejimhof
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goodonya

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-21-2013 17:20:21 | More by goodonya
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Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer

California

4/5  rDev -2%

09-20-2013 06:41:24 | More by Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer
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hopkrid

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

09-18-2013 21:27:48 | More by hopkrid
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, split.

A: Thick oily black with a cappuccino head. Really nice lacing on this.

N: Cocoa, licorice, oxidation, char, anise, some cola and vanilla.

T: Very bitter with a balancing touch of sweetness. Heavy on the oak and hops. Hints of oxidation. Pretty nice.

M: Thick and oily. Has a full mouthfeel.

O: One of my favorites of the series. Has aged well at approximately 3 years old. More of a hoppy stout to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 19:52:59 | More by writerLJBerg
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

09-12-2013 19:09:38 | More by CityofBals
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switzer

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed today, 9.9.13! bomber to a snifter, vintage is exactly 4 years old

Pours jet black with almost three fingers of mocha tinged foam, transparency is 0%, even on the edges when held to the light. Great lacing and retention, after three or four minutes we still have a finger of foam. Kept much of it's carbonation over the years

Smells strongly of chocolate, oak, raisin, molasses, brown sugars, vanilla and a bit of caramel malt. Not picking up much of the orange notes the bottle mentions, smells incredible though

Taste is spot on with the nose- strong upfront chocolate and vanilla that mix with the oak. The orange is next, much more present than in the aroma. Finishes with some all spice and a touch of clove. Very impressive

Feel is I think my favorite part. Very smooth and silky, almost like drinking chocolate milk. Finishes pretty well, very pleasing going down. Medium bitterness, no alcohol present. Dangerously drinkable

Overall this aged incredibly, I weep this was my only bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 00:58:21 | More by lordofstarside
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thin light tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Chocolatey, a bit boozy, nutty, dark fruit, a touch of coffee and roasted malts. Overall impression is pretty sweet without being cloying.

T: Chocolate, toffee, nutty, dark fruit (plums and raisins), vanilla, with sweetness and a bit of roasty bitterness in the end.

M: Medium to a bit lighter-than-expected body, but sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract. Low carbonation sensation.

O: I thought this was pretty tasty, but not blowing me away. Glad to have tried it, but there are better examples of style out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 18:25:45 | More by macrosmatic
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-06-2013 18:00:09 | More by swierczt
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user785335

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-04-2013 15:25:20 | More by user785335
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SnatchyMcPants

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-31-2013 00:20:56 | More by SnatchyMcPants
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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