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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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827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 35
Gots: 272 | FT: 13
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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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

pathman, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

manutdfan, Jul 10, 2013
4/5  rDev -2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

LoveStout, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ebrifan, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

dmsohyea, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

donkeyrunner, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

July2Nov, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

HALB, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MrSquash, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

savagepm, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

ajzy, May 18, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

JohnnyMc, May 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

ajtorres311, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.