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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic AleStone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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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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CA_Infidel2o9


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black w/ a 1/8" quick fading brown head, nice lacing after every sip and swirl

S- dark chocolate, vanilla, red wine, floral hops, earthy, wet cardboard grows more and more intense as it warms

T- dark milk chocolate, earthy, oak, vanilla, fruit, floral hops, slight wet cardboard

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- sadly she is past her prime. It has so many great aromas/flavors, yet wet cardboard is ever present. As it warmed the wet cardboard scent grew so intense that i had to stop smelling it and just enjoy the flavor as it only showed up slightly in taste. Wish i had tried this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 18:15:32 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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Blitzstyle

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a SA pint glass, aggesive pour gave 3 fingers of quickly disapating tan head. Head settels into a thin tan blanket, beer is black in color. Some average lace to it.

Smells of chocolate, and some strong spices, and molasses. Fruity notes present as well.

Taste is mix of bittersweet chocolate, citrus peel. Thick stout like, hop bite at the end, alcohol present from start to finish. Good winter beer gives you a warming sensation.

Medium heavy body very thick stout like. A real sipper. Wouldn't drink more than one of these a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:39:54 | More by Blitzstyle
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LittleBug31

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very black. Quite a substantial medium-tan head with tiny, foamy bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Banana split even, with the pineapple and banana-bready aromas. Bright, crisp, and clean with a hoppy spiciness.

Taste: Whoa! Very roasty with lots of chocolate. Intense flavor. The sweetness of pineapple mixes with a smoky, burnt vanilla bean for an interesting taste. Shocks my mouth with each sip! --Flavors mesh and calm down quite a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: A strong jolt to the tongue. A bit too bitter for me. Overall very smooth; mild carbonation that is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable in small quantities, but the full-bodiedness and intensity makes me hesitant for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 02:26:40 | More by LittleBug31
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seaoflament

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Danny for hooking me up with this bottle.

Using my New Belgium tulip for this one. The beer sits in the glass like a stout, dark and impenetrable to light. A thick two-inch layer of mocha colored foam sits on top and leaves some lacing on the sides as it falls down. Very good looking beer. About a half inch of foam retains for a long period, and a swirl brings back about an inch to life.

Light chocolate notes, like soft chocolate shavings on a cake, is the first I detect. Next would be the vanilla beans, toast, a citrus hint, and Belgian yeast esters. The aroma reminds me of having toast with a lightly roasted coffee in the morning. A touch of sweet coffee mingles with the chocolate as well as with some spiciness, like nutmeg or cinnamon, and nuts as well. After a few whiffs I am starting to pick up the toasted French oak, I guess that's were the nuttiness and hints of chocolate also come from. Interesting combination of Belgian yeast profile and the roasted malts. A little hint of cream and just a bit of alcohol in the background. I like the aroma, it's interesting. Not robust like a porter, it seems thinner with a dark candy-like touch...I'm sure it's from the dark Belgian candy sugar that thinned the body and added that slight molasses-like sweetness. A powdery sweetness begins to develop as it warms up. The citrus character of the beer grows a bit more as the beer warms up and comes across as orange, maybe you could say tangerine as I get a little tanginess at times.

More roasted in the flavor than the aroma would lead...starts out quite dry and roasted with a chocolate and toast middle, and finished dry again with more chocolate, coffee, oak tannins, and more toast. Belgian yeast fruitiness as in prunes, dates, and raisins are detected in the second sip. Darker chocolate flavors develop in the taste with a dry, oaky finish. Quite good and I think this one will get better with some time in the bottle. Just a bit too tannic, dry, and roasty right now and would like to get a little more sweetness. Hints of nuts in the aftertaste. Almost overly-roasted flavor. An orange-like flavor appears as the beer begins to warm up. I might be just a tad generous in the score, it's above average for me but not great...somewhere in the middle..."good" maybe?

High carbonation but proper for a Belgian style beer, soft on the palate with just a bit of aggression on the tongue. Medium bodied and fairly easy to drink. My favorite vertical epic so far, much better than the last two.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:13:34 | More by seaoflament
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Shaw

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Vertical Epic I've had.

Pours as black as a stout with a huge brown head that leaves chunks instead of lacing and reduces to a thick layer in my glass.

It smells of dried fruit like cherries and raisins mixed with alcohol and hints of chocolate.

It tastes like bittersweet chocolate with bitter citrus peel. The bitter flavor was off-putting at first, but has become better as I drink more of the beer. It is also earthy and musty. It finishes with the flavor of hops. I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it is. Instead it's lightly astringent.

The body is chewy and thick.

This is an interesting beer. I would recommend it for Belgian ale fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 06:13:59 | More by Shaw
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is near black with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers licorice, molasses, light spice. Smells ok. A touch of dark roast. Mild sweetness with a sturdy malt backbone. Medium bodied with a touch of chocolate. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:31:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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cjgator3

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark black color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very unique, I love it. The aroma features a lot of chocolate malts with spices, vanilla and orange peel.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of banana and spices. The finish is on the bitter side. 

This one is very tasty fresh, but I imagine that it would improve greatly with some age to balance and smooth out the flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodie with a good amount of carbonation. 

D-

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:14:49 | More by cjgator3
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a snifter

Pours a nice blackish color. It's pretty dark, as is the roasty, brown head. A pretty active, sizable head, at that.

The smell still has some of that tangerine peel quality. I figured it would fade away over the years of aging; it has, but not by as much as I figured. That citrus peel note blends pretty well with the spiced chocolate aromas. This is definitely a Belgian yeast strain.

The flavor is pretty smoothed out at this point: floral spiciness, milk chocolate, a bit of orange. I'm not in love with it, and I'm a person who loves Belgian stouts. I think what I'm looking for is more roast to match up with the phenols. As is, this is like a lesser variant of something like Boulevard Dark Truth.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:18:18 | More by Reaper16
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TheJollyHop

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown to black body; very little light penetration. Frothy caramel brown head which fades fast.

Alcohol, deep roasted malt character, chocolate as well. Full bodied, medium-to-light carbonation, and heavy on the tongue; and dry as well. Grassy notes, resinous, and a hops bitterness that isn't astringent. Malt and hops are layered in a balance interplay, with a touch of salt as well.

Opinion: Many subtle nuances have been lost due to age. With intense effort, orange rind and vanilla can be perceived; just barely.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 14:35:11 | More by TheJollyHop
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brew here with a nice thick tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some coffee notes and chcoclate along with a healty dose of hops and Belgian yeast. The taste of the brew is a little citrusy with the roasted malts following up in the dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the brew is quite nice, rich and semi-thick feeling. Overall this was a really nice brew and I'm glad to have had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:51:43 | More by Knapp85
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found one last bottle of this hiding in the bottom of a cooler at a little tiny, overlooked carry out. Unfortunately I dont really have the space or the means to age this one until 12.12.12 so Im cracking it now. Perhaps I will come across another one of these for cellaring in the near future.

A- Deep black with a patchy, cocoa colored froth on top.

S- This totally should warm up to get the full effect. Its very rich and complex. Raw cocoa, vanilla beans, a touch of coffee and spicy yeast.

T- Lots more raw chocolate thats actually quite bitter. Lots of spice, earth and yeast. There is a touch of bitter espresso. The tangerine peel comes around, but just slightly and it seems to get tied up in the spice from the yeast. The beer leaves you with lots of tobacco and bitter citrus.

M- Nearly full body with a pretty darn dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 05:40:33 | More by MbpBugeye
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beertunes

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a solid black with a thick, deep tan head that dissipated much quicker than I thought it would and only left minimal lacing.

Other than a slight roast scent the aroma was fairly benign, with nothing outstanding from the mix. The flavors were much bolder, roasted malt, a hint cf chocolate and several flavors I couldn't quite put my finger on. Very enjoyable though.

The body was full, well rounded and smooth, with just a touch of a roasted aftertaste. Drinkability is very good, I drank a 22 with no trouble and generally I don't drink that much of a single beer in a row. Overall, a very good beer that is worth trying. If this had been listed as a stout, I would have given it better scores, I didn't find this very to have much Belgian character at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 23:35:39 | More by beertunes
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thisisxxmyIPA

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a dark tan head that pours thin but lasts

S- Citrus and dark fruits with dark malts

T- Heavy chocolate malt with dark fruit Belgian flavors from the yeast. Finishes a bit more roasty than I would have expected. Low hop flavors. The Belgian flavors battle with the dark malts. Dark malts seem to dominate the Belgian flavors too much.

M- Creamy at first then thins.

D- Very drinkable, just not as impressive as I would have hoped it had been.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:15:02 | More by thisisxxmyIPA
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 00:05:33 | More by mdaschaf
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abeerdude

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-14-2012 20:28:54 | More by abeerdude
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-19-2014 23:38:41 | More by DaftPatrick
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-06-2013 21:32:41 | More by acurtis
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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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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-29-2012 01:37:35 | More by dtx00
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JamFuel

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-03-2012 09:23:07 | More by JamFuel
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-12-2011 04:34:48 | More by mendvicdog
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dmsohyea

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-03-2013 23:34:47 | More by dmsohyea
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-20-2014 21:26:47 | More by wolf_switzer
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-16-2013 02:06:57 | More by Massbmx
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scottiethebody

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-25-2012 15:31:54 | More by scottiethebody
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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