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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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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 271 | FT: 13
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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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a nearly pitch black color with a small khaki colored foamy head that reduces to a ring around the edges

S- chocolaty malt with some charred malt aroma, sweet vanilla with some fruity hop aroma, burnt sugar

T- fruity yeast mixes with some sweet dark chocolaty notes up front, hints of vanilla, orange peel and burnt sugar, chocolate continues to linger on the palate long after finishing with some lingering woodsy notes that compliments it nicely

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a foamy , dry finish, just a hint of lingering alcohol

O- the chocolate malt is enhanced by the additional of vanilla, fruity yeast notes add a nice dimension

Treyliff, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JTbrue, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

nleaders, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Hamburgers, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

2beerdogs, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

AlexChillton, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

wolf_switzer, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

midlifec, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

510a, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

golf4collet, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

liamt07, Mar 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Skunkdrool, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a pint

A - Brown with amber highlights. mocha head.

S - Some very nutty notes in the nose.

T- Comes off that it has sat too long. The edge is off all the flavors I think matter. The hopiness has turned offly grassy in the middle.

M - Moderate mouthfeel, lightly sticky.

O - Would have been better a while back.

katan, Feb 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

DantheMan75, Feb 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

NooseJustice, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of tmm313
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9.9.9 enjoyed on 1.30.14

A- Black from a distance. Darkest possible brown when you get up close. Beautiful khaki 1 finger head with excellent trailing/lacing.

S- Chocolate covered raisins! Vanilla and oak with a slight hint of booze.

T- Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex.

M- Thicker side of medium. Smooth on the tongue with subtle drying. Even the mouthfeel is balanced.

O- I've given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. I'm super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know I'll never have it again. I'm kind of new to aging beers, but if this is what usually happens, I'm all in.

tmm313, Jan 31, 2014
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.