Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.61/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
02-13-2014 01:58:23 | More by katan
4.65/5 rDev +14%
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.
01-31-2014 00:10:22 | More by tmm313
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-14-2013 01:45:14 | More by KYGunner
3.63/5 rDev -11%
22oz bottle, split.
A: Thick oily black with a cappuccino head. Really nice lacing on this.
N: Cocoa, licorice, oxidation, char, anise, some cola and vanilla.
T: Very bitter with a balancing touch of sweetness. Heavy on the oak and hops. Hints of oxidation. Pretty nice.
M: Thick and oily. Has a full mouthfeel.
O: One of my favorites of the series. Has aged well at approximately 3 years old. More of a hoppy stout to my palate.
09-12-2013 19:52:59 | More by writerLJBerg
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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