Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 34
Gots: 274 | FT: 14
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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 charlzm
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2009/11/24.

Beer pours into a Triple Petrus snifter a very dark brown - borderline black. Virtually opaque. A frothy tan foam made of small bubbles adheres clingily to the sides of the glass. Active carbonation throughout the glass. Very stoutlike in appearance overall.

My nose has a tough time sorting out what it's smelling. Cocoa, sweet herbal notes, dark rum, a trace of bubblegum... intriguing.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a little thicker than expected - I wouldn't go quite as far as "luxurious", but within a hair's breadth.

Slight carbonation prickle on tongue.

Flavor is unusual, if not particularly complex. Muted chocolate and cocoa offset by sweet bubblegum, a touch of charcoal and hints of tobacco and vanilla. This would go great with a cigar! Slight alcohol warmth on finish.

This is a sipper, to be sure. The relatively simple flavor is surprisingly straightforward, detracting somewhat from its quaffability. Overall, a great effort and worth having at least once.

Wonder how this VE will age?
___

And here's the answer!

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Appearance is opaque black with no head.

Aroma is dark pitted fruits, rich dark malts and a touch of smoke.

Flavor is thin, bitter, roasted malts, a metallic note and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin with a little astringency.

All together now: it was better fresh!

Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark beer. Black body. Creamy brown head with great staying power. Lacing is quite full as well. Nice blend of chocolate, malt and yeast on the nose. Main flavor in this beer is bitter chocolate. I think the vanilla bean must accentuate the chocolate, because I really don't get much vanilla. Also some char and black licorice. There is a little stray tangerine flavor if I look for it. And the french oak adds a dryness. All in all, this is really quite a complex and layered beer. It's one you have to sip and ponder to pick up all the subtleties, because they weren't there for me initially. The light body and carbonation make is quite drinkable even though it's best enjoyed slowly.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leaving original review of fresh bottle intact, but updating scores for drinking with the entire VE on 12/15/12

Having enjoyed the '08 Vertical Epic, I was really looking forward to the 09 edition. Unfortunately, I was not nearly as fond of this years version. I did get my two bottles. One for now and one for the end of the world.

The beer poured with a fairly think tan head that faded quite quickly. The beer was a bark brown (not black at all) with some slight red/purple tones. Not much lacing to speak of.

The beers flavor was decidedly spicy. Raisins, lots of yeast notes and spice. Somewhat nutty. Almost a fruit peel bitterness. Not really that pleasing. I fear this is my least favorite Stone item, that I've tried.

Fairly thick mouth feel. Heavy in the glass.

Was not wanting more at all, so I guess it wasn't that drinkable. Hopefully on 12/12 it will be better.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 999th review -Stone VE 9-9-09
I picked this bottle up at Atlantic liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured the 22oz bomber chilled into my La fin du Monde tulip.

A - The beer is practically black except for a toffee brown shade near the base of the glass. The appearance is thick and opaque with a band of medium brown cream which has a slightly rocky appearance. The foam is about 2.5 fingers and creates a film of lace on the collar of the glass, the bead is pin sized.

S - Wow, earthy chocolatey + spicy w/ mild vanilla bean + vanill from the oak the trademark hop in the nose tells you it is a Stone Ale. The aroma is roasty w/ a mild caramel and creamy odor w/ mild accents of dark sugar and alcohol

M - A rich roasted feel, med full w/ med carbonation and a blend of creamy, fruity and bitter textures. The finish is long and robust

T - A great roasted malt and sweet caramel wrapped in cocoa flavor initially. The mildness of the roasted taste comes w/ a light creamy vanilla taste an the malt has bitterness like very dark cocoa and spiced complexity in the yeast. The flavor fades into a hop + citrus peel flavor toward the middle and light toffee-like buttery taste is noted under the dark cocoa. The flavor has a mild tang of tangerine peel, but really have to look hard as the alcohol and oak combined with dark rich malty flavors give you a lot of complexity and becomes almost overwhelming mid-bottle. The taste does have similarity to baked brownie w/ light pepper and mild stone fruit - like cherry w/ a light coconut tinge and mellow woody hop accent

D - This porter has a good deal of complexity, a tasty Vertical Epic -9-9-09 is both spicy and malty w/ a subdued alcohol flavor. It is nice to see a dark brew come out after many light and hoppy Vertical epics. This is very drinkable, a tasty imperial porter-kudos!

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

Damn near black with magenta highlights when held up to a light. A compact tan head migrates in time to the edges and shows decent stickiness from there.
The nose is full of mocha initially. Chocolately, roasty, and somewhat smoky, with traces of vanilla and tar. Over time and way in the background, an oily ciric peel emerges along with whispers of banana bread.
It wanders into the mouth very much a portly Porter or Stout, full of coffee bean roastedness, tar, smoke, chocolate, and anise. These are gripping and thorough, staying the duration. In the midsection comes a cameo from a Dubbel, with clove and banana esters, a more forward sense of vanilla, and some citric-peel fruitiness. This is especially true after the yeast pour-in. That mingles into the moderate levels of citric/pine hoppiness, that emphasizes an offsetting bitterness rather than clear hop flavors. A light, port-like alcohol vapor exists on the swallow, but is well-masked by the lingering burnt qualities.
Fairly full bodied with minor CO2 giving it an oily, silky, very Stout-like texture(and a BIG Stout feel at that).
The carbonation will be the thing to watch as this ages. With more of it, some of the subdued Belgian-esque/Dubbel traits may push towards the surface.
I like it quite a bit right now, as a sort of spiced Imperial Porter. We'll see what happens from here.

Photo of mikedepue
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - very dark with tan head, looks like a stout

S - Coffee mainly, some hops and spices

T - Tastes like a great black and tan, a near perfect combo of hops and malts

M - medium body, carb was a little much for the first couple minutes then it smoothed out

D - High, hides the alcohol well

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

090909 - Steve's - Mineral Point

no idea why it took this beer over 2 months to get to Madison

saturday afternoon brew - watching football

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice...love the look of this one. very dark body, creamy tan head, garnet hue, terrific lacing

smell: lots of belgian yeast, sweet citrusy hops, espresso

taste: complex offering - dark belgian yeasts, fig, dark fruits, orange zest, hops, vanilla bean and espresso, creamy caramel. have a few to drink in 2012 but think one drinks pretty well fresh

mouthfeel: creamy, waves of belgian yeast and complex spice, mild alcohol

drinkability: good

Photo of ahalloin
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at a tasting on the beers namesake date, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours an almost black fluid with slight brown hues visible at the edge when held up to the light. A healthy light tan head formed with a moderately vigorous pour.

S: Typical high quality Stone aroma with a dry roasty character coupled with hints of vanilla, tangerine, and a Belgian tangy yeast. I find Stone aromas to always be effervescent in nature in that there is a true presence of smell, but layered in a way that all nuances can shine through.

T: The body is a nice malty chocolate with hints of tangerine peel, and vanilla. The finish is very dry and roasty. A very nice flavor combo that I look forward to trying in years to come.

M: The mouthfeel is full and smooth as a stout should be with relatively low carbonation.

D: Drinkability is quite exceptional really as there is much about this beer to love. I can't find anything here that might turn someone off.
A typical great product from Stone!

Photo of claminat420
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured black with a light brown head. thick two finger head that vanished quickly.

S- raisony, dark malts. nothing to crazy.

T- malty with just the slightest chocolate feel. more chocolate then the raison fruit smell. alcohol is very well hidden.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink two or three of these tops. after that i'm good.

Overall- i like this one alot better than last year's vertical epic (08). i say pick one up if you can. this brew reminds me of a more lighter bodied chocolate porter.

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

Pours a dark brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of light fruits, raisins, chocolate, and nuts.

Taste is really dry with a light fruit character up front. Some spices, banana, nut flavors, and roasted malts. Beer then settles into some light sweet flavors, chocolate, cocoa, and light cream. Finish has a mineral hop bite. Subtle but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice dark ale. I think it will benefit from a little aging. Pretty nice beer, I actually preferred it the other day when I had it on draft. It seemed to have a little more flavor and kick to it. This is still a nice bottle of beer, and will be interesting in a couple of years, or maybe 3+.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into a Weyerbacher tulip.

Nine Nine Nine holds a shoeshine black look with some mudy brown around the edges. On top the cap just barely covers the surface breaking into a bunch of scattered islands. Splattered paintball lace with a light tan line. Some good stick here and there but not strong holding. Easy to bring the head back with just some swirls.

The smell reminded me of a mix of a american porter with a touch of BSDA. Some hershey's chocolate and cocco nibs. Getting some piney hops in the back with a mix of bananers and orange peel. A bit of roasted burnt coffee in the back. I did not pick up on the Belgian yeast.

A fruity robust porter in my mind. The orange and banana mix really shows itself strong in the beginning and holds out. Some underlining spices with some Belgian yeast with alot of warming. Some piney hops onthe tounge not to overpowering. Light vanilla bean and not as much chocolate as expected. Some roast and smoke towards the back, this is good beer.

Smooth, easy and no interference from the slightly large alcohol, but some shows itself towards the end of the glass, no heat though. Slick with a medium feel and some carb felt. The finish is just a bit of every flavor integrated. Beautiful.

This is one tasty ass brew. After being very dissapointed in last years version, stone redeems itself with this unique BSDA/Porter, whatever you want to call it. I would not mind having a bottle of this to myself one day over some time and smoked meats.

Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers wroth of thick medium brown foam... Modest at best retention gives way to a creamy veil of lacing... Opaque onyx with an ever so slight ruby hue...

S - Heavy on Belgian yeasts... Orange zest... Chocolate... Perhaps a hint of coffee...

T - Holy bitter chocolate... Some definite woody characteristics... Vanilla... Subtle hints of orange... A very faint spiciness... A vague smokiness at finish...

M - Ever so slight carbonated tingle on the tongue... Medium bodied... Silky and ultra smooth... Rich..

D - Equal parts complex and sophisticated... To be enjoyed slowly sip after sip... A little age would probably treat this quite well as I think it would improve as it mellows... Flirting with greatness in most areas, but just a cut below...

Photo of craftaholic
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: On tap in a tulip glass. Poured a completely opaque jet black hue with a finger length of deep tan head that left behind splotchy lacing.

Smell: The scent is that of burnt espresso, tinges of belgian yeast and even slight touches of coriander, orange peel and currant.

Taste: Starts off with a big pillowy malt that floats over your palate and deposits nuances of the citric orange peel and heavy amounts of yeast. There is an abundance of dark chocolate in the malt and it carries the touches of spice and slight hop bitterness till a big dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Had a medium body and is has a lingering aftertaste much like that guy at every party who doesn't realize you want him to leave.

Drinkability: An OK beer that is definitely a sipper, even though the abv is low the flavors are high.

Overall: Needs age in my opinion and was even intended for that, it has too much bittersweet cocoa in it for me and not enough other malt offering for me to really love it. With age however hopefully overpowering flavors will mellow and it will be well rounded

(will edit upon revisit in a few years)

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

On tap at the Lodge in Boca Raton, FL. Poured into a chalice pours a pitch black with a serious fluffy head that leaves much lace on the glass. Smell is of dark roasted chocolate with underlying hints of citrus fruits. Taste upfront has a choclate character to it, followed with slight hints of orange peel, a peppery finish toward the back end. All the flavors came together nicely. This would probably be even better with some age on it, overall a very good sipping beer.

Photo of k3punk
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice release from Stone. Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a smooth amber color with a solid head that hangs around for ever.

S - The ever present hops that makes a Stone brew a Stone brew.

T - This is a nice beer. Very smooth for an 8.9AVB. Slightly hoppy with some caramel. Is there a bit of tobacco in there?

M/D - Good mouthfeel and very drinable.

I would reccomend this beer to anyone who loves delicious beer. The only reason it's not a full A+ all the way across is because it's not the best Stone Brew I've had.

Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a stout or a stout-porter hybrid. I didn't get any Belgian sweetness, dark fruit or alcohol taste out of this beer. Malty, chocolate, coffee....yup this is some kind of stout or porter. I am not going to rate this against my perception of Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. It is a smooth tasty beer, just seems more like a different style than advertised.

Pours a dense black, no light getting through. Tan head, appropriate size and retention for 8.9 abv.. Smell is malty, hint of chocolate, lot of coffee. Taste is good (for a stout). Malty all the way, not too sweet of "chalky", bitter chocolate up front, coffee the rest of the way.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, no hint of alcohol.

Drinkability is good for a stout fan. I'm drinking the whole bomber..my trusty Friday night sidekick, my son-in-law hates stouts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took me a couple months to track this one down, I really wasn't hunting it down like years past. The series lost it's appeal for me after I drank my cellar empty of the 03,04, 05, and 06 I was holding onto after I graduated nursing school. Regardless I have to try these brews fresh in case it's something that I think should be tucked away. I had good results with my last four VEs that I cellared for some time.

My birthday month, this one appears pitch black with absolutely no ruby highlights when held toward a bright light, large mocha tan head forms after a vigorous pour into my Gulden Draak chalice, dwindles slow leaves big chunky layers of lace sporadically clinging to the sides of the glass.

Nice glowing citrus peels with roasted dark malts bring some recently tasted Swiss truffles with citrus peels to mind. A mild mineral metallic character with more roasted malt and lively fruit notes, a definite creamy mingling of dark chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee, charred oak, and soothing vanilla. A leafy herbal mint quality sticks out as well in the aromatics.

Flavor dark black patent malt has some acrid sharp tanginess to it with the citrus peels intermingling quite nicely with that dark chocolate and creamy effervescence. A Belgian approach, that may be the most believable effort from Stone yet, since the hops actually are chilled out here. Those oak barrel effects are minimal with traces of vanilla and charred oak, in addition to that actual vanilla beans that have been tossed in to the mix. A nice sugary sweetness is carried along throughout the charred dark malt and tangerine peel bitterness to end in a creamy blend of vanilla and oak characteristics, with a fresh blast of herbal mint from the hop additions here.

Mouthfeel overall is creamy slightly effervescent with a medium to fuller bodied approach. Really nice feeling overall besides that touch of acidic twang I spoke about with the harsh dark malt bitterness. The finish does strike some notes of charred oak and herbal mint that seem like they are going to show up like hop burps.

Drinkability is quality share with friends complexity and cohesion make for a good time, you can have loads of different flavors that may not work well together. This vertical epic ale decided to make familiar flavors glide together and intermingle off one another to provided the type of complexity that will lead to emptied glasses rather than drain pours like their 13th Anniversary release. I enjoyed the citrus and dark chocolate with a vanilla slightly charred oak finish.

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

Stone: 09-09-09 Vertical Epic. (Tasted 11/12/09)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pitch Black. As the beer is poured, the head begins to form and it stays firm as it fades down, leaving a solid ring of brown foam & bubbles.
Odor: Subtle, but with some serious depth. Dried fruit, dark chocolate and some ash-like smoky aromas, hints of vanilla.
Consistency: Now, I'm not a religious man or anything, but if god is something more than an easily digestible explanation for the cosmos and he made beer, this is how it would feel in your mouth: Creamy, amply carbonated without being too bitey. Full side of medium bodied, definitely pushing full. Acidity from the orange peel and dark malts around the edges.
Flavor: That's the stuff. Dark, bittersweet chocolate, smoke and hearty bread all over. I'm getting some fruitiness attempting to push through here, but it ain't cutting it, not much yeast character to speak of. Chocolate flavors seem more cocoa-ish in the middle, and linger into the long, half & half dry/sweet finish.

It's hard to pretend that this beer has any business being evaluated as a BSDA, it's not dry enough and lacks the requisite yeast character. That being said, the one element that the Belgian yeast lends, is the malty/semi-sweet front, dry end, making this a supremely drinkable imperial porter.
Hell yeah!

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

A - Black for the most part, with some browning around the edges of the glass. Pronounced stout-colored head, very creamy. Retention is good, with some pretty tan splotches of lace.

S - Has a very dark smell to it. You can definitely make out the sweetness of chocolate and roastiness. Theres a tiny sting of spice, with mixed in bitterness. It smells mighty tasty.

T - This is an intense beer. The spices jump out at me first, immediately following a chocolate sweetness mixed with some bitterness of some coffee or expresso. Theres an underlying fruitiness to it that adds to the complexity. With all the other flavors, it's hard to detect much, if any, alcohol.

M - Medium to full body; rests comfortably inbetween in my opinion. Goes down smooth without feeling too heavy or filling.

D - With nearly every Stone, one just never seems enough. I wish I had the patience (or means to acquire all vintages of the "Epics") to see this 10 year concoction in its full glory.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1/2" head. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: yeast, earthiness, and some sweetness is mild but enjoyable.

Taste: nice maltiness here. Yeast, earthy flavors, banana, soft chocolates and vanilla tones, and a mild spiciness shows up late. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: bold flavor beer that needs a bit of aging to round out the edges. Nice flavors but one bomber is enough in a session.

Photo of Zeisloft
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse- Baltimore

Max's description of Stones Vertical Epic 09/09/09 was just "Dark Belgian Ale". I wasn't too sure what to think before it came to me. But I was not thinking Porter. And then I saw it. Dark as night, creamy tan head. Porter overcame my mind. Chocolate came through on the nose, with not much else. Then the taste. Definitely some chocolate, vanilla and little spice. Could use more spice to break up the chocolate. I would expect a little more hoppy bitterness from Stone (but not too much to over power everything, just enough to pull everything together). The beer was not too heavy or too light.

I would not call it a Belgian. Maybe when sitting in a cellar it will round out better, but for now it is a Porter. With that note, I normally do not like porters. Usually a porter has the burnt taste to it. The VE090909 did not. It was sweet and delicious. Although, one was enough. Not something to have a night of. (Especially at 8.5%.) I think I will try to go and grab a couple of bottles, this is a beer that should be really good on a cold night in the winter. I am thinking Christmas time.

Photo of FleeVT
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a goblet.

A: Pours like a stout-porter hybrid. Looks like a chewy black iced coffee with a frothy tan head. Lacing clings to the glass throughout the session. Beautiful beer.

S: Mild bready malts. The coffee metaphor applies here as well with faint mocha (roasted malts) and hints of bitter coffee. Sweetness comes through in the form of dark berries and a touch of hops for balance.

T/M: A bit tight on the palate, which is probably why the bottle recommends cellaring unti 2012. Hops tend to dominate the middle and aftertaste while the front portrays a dry smokey spiciness that is very stoutlike. A great medium body with perfectly carbonation.

D: Good nightcap, will definitely cellar one to see how the flavors develop.

Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

somewhere in between a belgian and an american porter. quite nice body. not extremely heavy in body. a nice head of off chocolate. nose of fruit esters and cocoa. palate of that... which grape, apple and chocolate. too sweet to be consider any type of earthy. nice body. separates horrible as it gets warm.

Photo of Night
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours solid black with sparse and deep-hued crimson tints. Very large, long-lived tan head with tight bubbles and hints of red and gold. Collapses slowly to a foamy crown with intricate and well-developed lacing on the sides. Aroma reveals warmth, a tiny hint of dust, and mildly earthy spices amidst a swath of significantly boozy-smelling yeast tones: mostly banana, some citrus. Relatively buried scents of chocolate, date, prune. Mouthfeel is very gentle, between juicy and silky with a timid tingly bite; could perhaps use some more carbonation. Immediate flavor is banana yeast mixed with piney earth / hops. Backbone of smokey dark chocolate / coffee bitterness that is refined rather than overbearing. Mild acidity creeps in, and faint notes of paper and wood. Surprisingly not much in the way of alcohol. One last wash of pure smoke followed by strong banana finish. Aftertaste is gentle, fruity, and lightly bitter; both pine sappy hops and strong dark chocolate.

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

very dark brown if not black in color with a coffee colored head witch creates a great lacing around the glass,drank out of a smuttynose big beer series glass, i found it to be a very drinkable beer for the abv, my favorite from stone brewery, thank God their not in six packs cuz i wouldnt want to know the price of it

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.