Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -26.3%
Dark brown with a shy foamy head. With the humidity and 4 years in the cellar I'll give it a pass. Smells like chocolate and orangey grape drank. Tastes like it smells: chocolate malty dark fruit.
I think this would have been better when it was released.
06-30-2013 14:44:04 | More by donkeyrunner
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Never tried it fresh, but trying it now!!
Pours out a dark black with a nice 2 fingers of cocoa looking head.
The aroma has a nice blast of citrus upfront and that's followed by a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate and some vanilla. There is a bit of oak in there, but not much and some roasted notes as well. Kinda smells like a Porter.
The taste is also very upfront in the citrus department with notes of orange and tangerine. The chocolate notes go between the bittersweet dark chocolate, but a sweet milk chocolate too. The vanilla is there, but it doesn't stand out as much as in the nose and the oak is present in the back as well. There are decent roasty notes throughout.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The ABV is hidden completely at this point.
It's a very tasty beer, but I assume since this was brewed in a Belgian style that all the Belgian characteristics have faded with time. Tastes more like a Porter, but still worth trying if you can still find any somehow.
05-17-2013 15:59:48 | More by JohnnyMc
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.