Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.69/5 rDev +15%
enjoyed today, 9.9.13! bomber to a snifter, vintage is exactly 4 years old
Pours jet black with almost three fingers of mocha tinged foam, transparency is 0%, even on the edges when held to the light. Great lacing and retention, after three or four minutes we still have a finger of foam. Kept much of it's carbonation over the years
Smells strongly of chocolate, oak, raisin, molasses, brown sugars, vanilla and a bit of caramel malt. Not picking up much of the orange notes the bottle mentions, smells incredible though
Taste is spot on with the nose- strong upfront chocolate and vanilla that mix with the oak. The orange is next, much more present than in the aroma. Finishes with some all spice and a touch of clove. Very impressive
Feel is I think my favorite part. Very smooth and silky, almost like drinking chocolate milk. Finishes pretty well, very pleasing going down. Medium bitterness, no alcohol present. Dangerously drinkable
Overall this aged incredibly, I weep this was my only bottle
09-10-2013 00:58:21 | More by lordofstarside
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Weyerbacher pint glass.
A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thin light tan head and low visible carbonation.
S: Chocolatey, a bit boozy, nutty, dark fruit, a touch of coffee and roasted malts. Overall impression is pretty sweet without being cloying.
T: Chocolate, toffee, nutty, dark fruit (plums and raisins), vanilla, with sweetness and a bit of roasty bitterness in the end.
M: Medium to a bit lighter-than-expected body, but sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract. Low carbonation sensation.
O: I thought this was pretty tasty, but not blowing me away. Glad to have tried it, but there are better examples of style out there.
09-09-2013 18:25:45 | More by macrosmatic
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.