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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

826 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 270 | FT: 12
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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manutdfan

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-10-2013 16:20:13 | More by manutdfan
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-08-2013 04:44:40 | More by WOLFGANG
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2013 11:54:19 | More by jaxon53
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-06-2013 21:34:37 | More by LoveStout
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-06-2013 06:09:43 | More by ebrifan
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dmsohyea

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Massachusetts

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
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-26-2013 07:08:05 | More by July2Nov
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-23-2013 13:55:51 | More by Geuzedad
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HALB

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-22-2013 21:41:40 | More by HALB
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MrSquash

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-22-2013 03:10:29 | More by MrSquash
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-12-2013 18:29:07 | More by InspectorBob
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-10-2013 02:16:23 | More by jarrgal
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MNPikey

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-09-2013 04:04:50 | More by MNPikey
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-07-2013 22:40:42 | More by savagepm
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-07-2013 14:33:16 | More by DeutschesBier
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-05-2013 03:51:44 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-30-2013 17:26:30 | More by craftbeerasian
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.3%

05-18-2013 13:17:22 | More by ajzy
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

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
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ajtorres311

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

05-15-2013 22:53:24 | More by ajtorres311
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Zbeetleman

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-15-2013 02:59:22 | More by Zbeetleman
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-13-2013 22:28:03 | More by mikeincharleston
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-13-2013 01:50:33 | More by vrbulldog22
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.