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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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836 Ratings

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Ratings: 836
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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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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

davegray, Jan 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

WolfsbaneBloom, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

AdamP, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four year old Nine pours much like a porter with a dark brown color and a gentle thin wispy head.

The aromas hold plenty of robust scents such as prune, fig, and date with tinges of caramel and soft tones of chocolate.

The taste starts chocolatey but move towards a chocolate covered raisin. It finishes with a roast coffee and malt that rounds things nicely.

The feel is quite smooth with a low level of carbonation.

This has great character overall with subtle complexities and robust elements.

KYGunner, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Hanzo, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

rye_so_serious, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

juliusbush, Nov 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jaybrough, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

bigred89, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

goodonya, Sep 21, 2013
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.