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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

833 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me say thanks to fogdog for an awesome trade!

Pours black, you can't see through it, with a dark tan head that fades leaving thick lacing around the glass.

Smell is of dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and some subtle burnt notes.

Taste starts out up front with a nice caramel flavor then quickly changes to a dark chocolate, malty sweetness, and some cigar tobacco flavors, some peppery citrus notes as well as some dark brown sugar. Has a dry hoppy finish that lingers for awhile. Flavor bomb, lots of stuff going on in this beer.

What an epic ale! Wish I could have gotten two bombers of this. I'd love to find a pub with this on tap. Although two pints back to back of this and you'd be feeling pretty good.

weissbierdrinker, Dec 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

HALB, Jun 22, 2013
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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!

jgasparine, Sep 13, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mjr2377, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SnatchyMcPants, Aug 31, 2013
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Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Schwag, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass

A: black color in the glass nice brown head

S: roasted malt complex coco and orange peel sweet vanilla in there

T: bitter sweet taste with orange vanilla with bitter chocolate very complex and great taste

M: med mouth feel

D: super drinkable

overall: having tried this one it makes me mad at myself I did not get any of the older beers from this series. this is a great beer well thought out and well brewed cheers to stone for this one I cant wait to try this on 12-12-12

JamisonM, May 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JamesZ, Aug 08, 2013
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MrSquash, Jun 22, 2013
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sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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ChanChan, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Thickfreakness, Jan 31, 2012
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buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

PlinyBeMiney, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ericlawton007, Jan 17, 2013
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bearisprime, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

CoreyCramer, Feb 03, 2012
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goodonya, Sep 21, 2013
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KiMiRaiK, Jan 20, 2013
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bhir, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.