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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic AleStone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
91
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807 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


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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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a strong brown head. This looks much more like a stout to me.

Strong chocolate scent and roasted malt with spices added. Spice is mostly cloves with a little ginger. Additional scents of vanilla and Irish Crème.

Starts out spice and deeply roasted malt. Spice actually tickles the tongue here. Very much like a Black and Tan made with Belgian Strong Pale Ale and Guinness Extra Stout. Not super flavorful but smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

An OK beer but not one I will lust for. This is just OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 03:30:28 | More by Zorro
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Have had this since last Friday and am finally having it.

Appearance - Pours a very dark chocolate giving way to a nice finger of fluffy mocha colored head. The head dissipates relatively fast and leaves light lacing - looks "pretty."

Smell - I can straight away smell chocolate followed by coffee notes, toffee, a fruitiness (orange peel), vanilla, and some malt.

Taste - Begins with a bit of bitterness from the hops and orange peel (citrus). This is immediately followed by the chocolate/coffee flavors followed with almost a smokey and earthy aftertaste. This is pretty complex to be honest. I'm getting quite a bit out of this.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth. Decent carbonation - light to medium bodied. I would have pegged this to be a bit more full but in actuality it is great how it is.

Drinkability - Relatively so. A very odd mixed brew imo. Not quite porter - a bit of hops I can taste. But as for ease of Drinkability - I can't taste the alcohol in this and for almost a 9% abv...yikes. Smooth and tasty. I'm enjoying this on a nice quiet evening outside on the porch. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 03:20:30 | More by SpdKilz
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Goldfish19

New York

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

~Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Wow! Does this beer have an identity crisis going on here or what? It's a Belgian Strong Ale, but no wait, its a porter, but wait again, it's a stout! I am a little muddle-headed as to which way Stone wanted to go with this offering? Well, I checked out Stone's website, and it is best described as a Belgian style Imperial Porter; so I guess I will go with that for now.

A strong smokey aroma, almost as if someone snuck a charcoal briquette into my glass when I was not looking. Also, I detect hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The taste is absolutely mind-blowing! There is so much going on here that after the first few sips it almost doesn't make sense, so I let the beer sit for a while, and things started coming together.

This beer reminded me a lot of Cazeau Tournay Noire, which just so happens to be a true Belgian Stout - go figure! ~

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:04:40 | More by Goldfish19
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vacax

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another down, three more to go.

Pours pure black with a moderately large mocha head. High retention and plenty of lacing. Thick layer of foam sits for quite some time. Looking pretty pretty pretty good.

The nose comes as a surprise to me: intensely roasty, smokey, clear presence of vanilla beans, bittersweet chocolate. I cannot detect the tangerine in the nose, but a bit of bright fruity esters shine through the darkness.

The beer starts off sweet chocolate malts and an increasing torrent of smoked dark malts. Esters and dark fruits lighten the dark malts. Almost a protein-like quality to the beer, maybe smoked salmon. Vanilla. Finish is bitter roasted coffee and maybe a hint of that citrus I heard so much about. Cookie and biscuit character lingers. I think this is a nice beer, hard to believe this was pitched as a chocolate orange, tastes like what I might imagine a Belgian Rauchbier to be. As it warms up, more of the orange citrus quality appears in the finish.
Full, slick, body with a nice moderate carbonation that lets me really appreciate the body.

Smokey, tasty Belgian interpretation of an Imperial Porter. The citrus twang doesn't really show up until the beer is warm. A bit strong on the smoke and dark malts, but seeing as how this needs to last three years, I really look forward to seeing how this develops.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 05:58:22 | More by vacax
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paulieatworld

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured a dense brown to black into tulip with tan head. 3 fingers deep, dissipated within two minutes.

smells deeply of chocolate and coffee malts with the most subtle hints, reminiscent of a wheat ale - coriander, orange spice.

i have to disagree with the categorization of this beer as dark belgian style. it most definitely has all the makings and structure of a stout. a real mellow chocolate, reminiscent of young's dc, overflows coffee notes that interplay with orange peel, wood notes and a perfect dry finish, courtesy of the bittering hops.

gaaahhh. silky smooth and creamy mouth feel. this one just slips down the glass. such body without being cloying.

i haven't had the pleasure of becoming familiar with many of the other epics, but i gotta say, if they're anything like this one, i missed out. regardless, i think i found the perfect beer to start my cellar with.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:14:28 | More by paulieatworld
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tan head that is modest in size, and retains a thin layer. Nose is somewhat restrained & not so assertive as far as Stone beers go, even with allowing the ale to warm up to ideal drinking temps. Soft chocolate aromas dominate with some of the vanilla bean behind the chocolate.

Palate offers a big chocolate flavor with some of the subtle fruits in the background, and a fair amount of bitterness towards the finish and through the long aftertaste. I see where they're going with the "artisanal chocolate orange" but it's just mostly chocolate and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:53:35 | More by yemenmocha
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kylephillips

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight in Blacklick

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Chimay glass

Beer is extremely dark. Just a hint of red when put under the light. The foam looks creamy, with a decent amount of head.

The smell is very intense and complex. It seems to balance somewhere between fruity and malty, with an earthy quality to it.

The taste is very well balanced. There is some brown sugar and chocolate towards the front, more brown sugar, as well as a smoky/burnt flavor towards the back. The aftertaste lingers and is bitter and smoky. The mouthfeel is medium (not as thick as it looks) and the carbonation is fairly light. There is a bite from alcohol, although some of this a very sharp hop bitterness I think.

Overall is not too dry, and not too sweet, with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. A great beer to start the fall with.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:15:18 | More by kylephillips
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kurp001

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown with scant ruby highlights. A one finger tan head sticks around for a while before receding, with a fair amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell consists of hints of fruit and dark chocolate, with a slight citrus presence.

The chocolate hints become more apparent after taking a sip, along with more of a spice kick and a pronounced orange peel essence. The finish is smooth, with a slight hop bitterness. As the beer warms, a coffee flavor seems to pull through as well.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth, with lively carbonation but not enough to overpower the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability is excellent for the considerable ABV, I can't really detect any sort of alcohol burn, nor do I find the strong flavors to become too much to handle at any point. I split the bomber with a friend, but I think I could have finished this myself. Overall, I'd have to say I was very happy with this beer, and am looking forward to see how it will do with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 15:56:27 | More by kurp001
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate. As it warms very light hints of dark fruits waft out but roasted malts are in control throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Huge roasted malt flavors up front with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A good amount of bitterness comes in midway through the sip and intensifies through the finish. As with the smell small amounts of dark fruit flavors make an appearance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass rather quickly and could have another.

Overall I'm not sure I agree with the fact that this is a BSDA - I thought it was definitely more of a stout and even the dark fruit characteristics are eclipsed by other big stouts. Still, it's a good one and is worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:07:16 | More by glid02
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jfmorey

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like a stout, very dark with a creamy tan head that disappeared slowly.

Good aroma of chocolate and spice, which continued in the taste with many flavors of coffee; citrus, complex but balanced.

Have two bombers, one for now one for later: can I resist until the 2012?

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:01:30 | More by jfmorey
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be with a 2 finger light tan head, great lace. It looked like motor oil coming out. Impressive.

S: Chocolate covered oranges, light vanilla, wood.

T: Dominated by dark chocolate, lots of coffee-style roast bitterness that I wasn't the hugest fan of but didn't take over the beer. Tangerine, lemon and vanilla are secondary and don't really come out until the finish. Full flavoured.

M: Creamy, milkshake like, full-bodied, spot on carbonation, very well done.

D: This has the potential to be really good by 2012 when everything has a chance to meld together, it's a bit one-dimensional on my palate right now. Solid, but not great stout type beer right now.

December 2012 Edit - I was right, the beer melded together and is a much better drink right now. Orangey chocolate with a chai like spice on the nose. Similar character in the flavour, very light carbonation. Real good stuff. The best of the aged so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 20:31:21 | More by Halcyondays
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor is complex and layered with notes of chocolate, fig, oak, citrus, vanilla, and a firm bitterness on the finish. This is one unique brew, not really sure what I can compare it to. Varied flavors play off each other to perfection. Nicely done. Now, where am I going to find a second bottle?

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 18:15:01 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Westsidebuddha

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Whole Foods Pasadena, Calif(Arroyo Parkyway)

Poured a black color with a slight head with bubbles. Slightly carbonated on top. The smell of burnt wood is noticable. Nice interesting taste on the first sip. The belgian taste is there but it's also combined by other flavors like vanilla and a slight chocolate taste. I was expecting a more heavier chocolate taste like a Hershey's bar but this works out just fine. Slight alcohol back end. Nice mouthfeel with a definite carbonation taste. This is a good Vertical Epic which seems it would get more interesting with age.
Definitely the most interesting Epic I tasted so far. I could go for a couple more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 07:37:27 | More by Westsidebuddha
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black as a stout or porter, complete with a tan coloured semi-creamy head. Lacing is quite nice, and a collar rings the glass all the way down.

S: The oak scents stand out to my nose... chocolate, along with some citrus notes - orange/tangerine fruitiness. Something in there reminds me of nutmeg, but not quite. Nice, complex smelling beer.

T: Malts and citrus offering more of the zest bitterness in flavour. The oak / vanilla follows closely behind, though it smooths out to allow a bitter chocolate to finish

M + D: Carbonation is pretty much spot on for the body and flavours, and there's a bit of a slick feeling to it. There's enough going on in this beer that I feel the need to revisit it again to really feel like I got to know the brew. Very nicely done, and I look forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 03:43:18 | More by Proteus93
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argock

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown with amber edges topped with 1-finger, cake batter colored bubbly head with decent retention and a few random lace formations.

S: The aroma profile is very complex but not that complementary, kind of like a palette of smells with not a lot of cohesiveness. Musty and candy sweet with major yeastiness with a twinge of citrus.

T: The flavor is also a smattering of different tastes including musty, leafy hops, chocolate, fruity yeast, orange peel, and sweet malt with a leathery edge. Unfortunately, the flavors don't work very well together although it is complex.

M: A solidly medium body with low carbonation and a musty, light chocolate aftertaste

D: I'm not sure what to say about this beer. The parts don't come together very well, but the aromas and flavors are interesting and unique. Maybe some time will take the rougher edges off and produce a more cohesive brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 02:48:56 | More by argock
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is not strong but tempting, coffee-ish with a tone of unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is richer than the aroma, mainly of roast coffee with an undertone of unsweet chocolate. Each sip seems different - one has a nutty hint, one toffee and one molasses. Tingly, sassy texture leaves a finish of fine roast coffee. Pity this is a once-only offering!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 00:48:37 | More by Cyberkedi
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with a 3/4" rocky tan head, which was exceptionally well-retained. Beautiful lacing throughout. The body was a dark opaque brown... almost black. Just beautiful to look at.

S- Smells Belgian... I'm getting Belgian yeast and candy sugar off the nose. It's sufficiently roasty and spicy (nutmeg?). I also conjure up memories of Torrone Italian nougat candy when sniffing this beer. Smells absolutely delicious!

T- Big and malty up front with substantial burnt candy sugar flavor... this sweetness is wonderfully balanced with dryness that seems to come more from spices than hops (strangely). The particular spice is hard to identify... it's somewhat like nutmeg. A friend suggested "Allspice"... but I cannot identify with this spice- I've never smelled it alone. Once this sublime sip is swallowed, you're rewarded with a long, spicy and dry finish. Amazing!

M- Thick and firm with tons of unattenuated sugar and lots of soft carbonation... wonderfully textured and very chewy! Again, this is just a pleasure to be sipping!

D- What's not drinkable about this beer? Nothing I suppose! This is my first Vertical Epic (and hopefully not my last). What a treat!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 21:03:33 | More by jgasparine
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone pint glass
Deep, dark black cherry hue with big, thick tan head
Aroma-Chocolate cherry cordial,vanilla,coffee
Taste-Wow! A dizzying array of flavors-Dark chocolate, smoky vanilla, dark fruits, toasted malts, an underlying burnt, hoppy citrus, like charred orange wedges. A lot going on here to say the least. Awesomely complex, with a tingly, snappy, warming finish. Very smooth and drinkable, but definitely a sipper! Deliciously different and definitely worth a try.
Get some while you can!!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 15:15:26 | More by hosehead83
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of bitter that I didn't get to this on the actual date but I've been sick. First V.E. since '03 that I didn't get to on time but no need to rush it if I couldn't smell or taste it.

Really fruity right off with the aroma with a bunch of yeast esters. Malt aroma is mostly darker caramel types and a hint of roast. A little warmer and I get honey.

Deep black colored and totally opaque when held up to the light. Poured with a huge rocky head that eventually faded to a solid 1/2 inch layer of tan foam.

First impact of the flavor for me is the belgian yeast. It's spicy and has fruit esters. Malt component then kicks in with a bunch of caramel but also the hint of roast that I got in the aroma. Good hop bitterness and a hint of woody hop flavor. I get a little tannin from the oak that comes off as a dryness on the back end.

Full bodied with a lively carbonation level.

Nice beer. One of the better V.E.s fresh. It's good to drink now but strong nough and with enogh complexity to age as intended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 07:31:25 | More by czechsaaz
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is all about banana and coconut, with a sprinkling of baker's chocolate and belgian dubbel-y sharp tartness/metallic quality. sippable for sure, enjoyable- yes. especially (as loren recommended) as it warms. i'm not getting any of the orange peel at all.. the vanilla.. maybe- is it the tartness? it looks like a porter and reminds me of some impy porters i've had in my day. it's schizophrenic but tasty. i'm not sure this beer will make it to 2012 in one piece but what do i care, i'm ebaying my 2nd bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 06:37:02 | More by goodbyeohio
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travolta

California

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App: Beautiful espresso head, light lacing, nice retention. Pours through the head in such a great way.

Nose: Some toffee, coffee, dry chocolate up front. Sourdough or bannana nut bread in the middle. A slight pine or sage at the end.

Taste: Soft up front while bitter at the end. Chocolate malt blends to green floral bitterness. The middle has a candy fruit taste. Mouthfeel goes from watery to syrupy to dry. Tangerine is polite, but present in the end.

Notes: This will be the first of my tastings over the next 48 years. I purchased four cases and will review a bottle every year on 09-09-? until gone. I hope this works out.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:54:24 | More by travolta
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waltonc

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this after reading all of the feverish praise on the forums. Pours very dark brown to black in color with robust tan head. Smells of charred malts, porter-like, with an orange-peel twist. Taste is more of the charred malt, chocolate, strong orange presence, reminds me a bit of Von Diemen black saison. A tad of vanilla and coffee here as well. Flavor is somewhat bitter. Medium thickness, fairly high carbonation. Interesting brew, but it doesn't entice me to finish the whole bomber, making this a partial drainpour given the unnecessary 22 oz bottling. Why, other than the fact that prior VE entries have been in bombers, is this in a bomber?

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:41:36 | More by waltonc
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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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edthered413

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Pours very dark, almost black with garnet hues on the outside of the glass when help up to the light, Nice two finger head that holds up well. Smell is of chocolate, slight roasted coffee, slight vanilla and slightly orange. Taste up front is chocolate and roasted barley with some coffee, a little vanilla. I was sipping this slowly and as it warmed I could taste more of the vanilla and also some orange and some oak. Medium mouthfeel and smooth. Very drinkable but a sip and savor type of beer to me. I think this one will be better with some aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:16:42 | More by edthered413
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magnj

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a wine tasting glass this brew produces a big tan head that hangs around for a respectable time considering the high ABV. As a result of the quality head it leave quality lacing. The color of the body is as brown as you can get before reaching black, only revealing it's true self when a single sip is left in the glass.

S - The nose is roasty toasty with some fruity note though I would not say citrus, but rather typical stout/porter esters. Mixed in are chocolate and weak coffee as well as some toffee. Nothing indicates this is a Belgian beer. I understand the style is a topic of debate and I am no expert but it looks, smells and tastes largely like a Porter to me, regardless of what yeast was used. It's complex for sure but my poor sense of smell and lack of descriptive vocabulary leave me with little to say besides, this smells really nice.

T - Again there is a lot going on and I think at this point it is a very challenging beer to pick out all of the nuances. At it's heart is a solid porter, not overdone, harsh, or otherwise offensive. Chocolate and coffee mix with several more complex components. There is a unique flavor about it but without reading from the bottle I wouldn't guess it has tangerine, vanilla, or been oaked. All of these are good things in my opinion, they work together to create a complex experience rather than being obvious like some oaked and vanilla offerings can be. Of the "special ingredients" vanilla is the most noticeable and easy to identify after it has been pointed out, the others not so much.

M/D - Feels thin, like it has been fermented nice and low but doesn't come off as boozy at any point. Obviously some residual sweetness but not at all sticky. Dangerously tasty, this one will catch up to you. Sharing it is a very smart idea, working this one alone has been a challenge that as I write this has not yet been overcome.

Longest review I have done in a long time but for a brew that has obviously had a lot of thought put in I feel it deserves an articulate review. I look forward to trying one each September over the next 3 years as well as trying the new installments.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:10:59 | More by magnj
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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