Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2013 15:59:48 | More by JohnnyMc
3.59/5 rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
A- pours a deep dark brown the color of cola, a one finger tan head emerges and dissipates down to a covering, decent amount of bubbles pop at the surface
S- roasty dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, candi sugar, dark fruits particularly figs and raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg
T- black coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla, alcohol, extremely roasty and overpowers anything close to belgian flavors
M- medium body, decent carbonation, slightly creamy but finishes dry
O- Slightly disappointed in this one, the body was a bit too thin for my liking, additionally most of the belgian flavors were either non-existant or, and more likely, they dissipated over time with the aging, still drinkable but nothing to write home about
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 00:26:38 | More by nova009
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.