Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
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89
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gobzilla on 01-17-2011)
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On-tap at Stone 2/7/11 and 2/10/11

A: Dark brown and toasty with one finger light brown head. When held up to light a very small amount of light penetrates.

S: Toasted malt, coffee, red wine, and some hops.

T: Complex toasted coffee, chocolate, hops and a faint red wine taste to perfectly round this beer out. Faint warming from the alcohol. Very even taste without any overpowering flavors, absolutely loved it.

M: Somewhat creamy but still a bit thin on the back end. Medium carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable for a beer coming in over 8%. I could easily knock back three or four of these in a sitting (though I would probably be pretty drunk).

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On-tap at Stone

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or so of tan/khaki colored head.

S: Not exactly what I was anticipating, but good. Lots of oak with a definite smoke and char note (from the barrel?). The roasted malt note is strong and there's a bit of vanilla and a decent amount of red wine.

T: The flavor is also very heavy on the roast. There's more of the dark chocolate and coffee notes that I remember from the original beer. A decent amount of wine but still lots of oak and a moderate charred character.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: Surprisingly good, given the awfulness of VE 07 in Red Wine barrels. I'd actually consider having this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a D’Achoffe Belgian Independence Day tulip glass, glowing a dark black coloring. It held a two finger head of medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Thick sheets of lacing dripped down the glass, while carbonation appeared average. No haze or sediment was noted. The aroma gave thick caramel sugars, burnt brown sugar, light smoke, and metallic yeast. The malt profile, with all of that heavy sugar and deep syrupy bite came across very bock-ish. More serious molasses and cooked toffee bite came to balance with warmth. Our first impression was that there was heavy spice and woodiness to the flavoring, making this a very warming beer. The flavoring opened with brown sugar sweetness, faint citric hop balance, and pale malty toast. The peak came with plum, caramel, fig, metallic bite, and a more even soapy hop bitterness. Vanilla starkness, even woodiness, brown sugar warmth, caramel malts, metallic, bite, and a wash of booze finished things off in much the same fashion. The aftertaste breathed of brown sugar blended with char, burnt coffee malts, light chocolates, faint metallics, and souring lactics. The body was medium, and the carbonation was full. There was heavy foam and slurp to each sip. Wet juiciness coated the mouth at first, overlying astringency of drying coffee bite and stark drying booziness. The abv was appropriate, and this beer was more of an easy sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice woodiness of flavoring. The nose gave nice depth, but didn’t really blow us away to any point. The wood should have been more here, as should have the vanilla to hold against it and that orangey sugar bite. Otherwise this was a tasty and strong variant, with just the right amount of age on it.

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P: Dark orange slight haze and tan head. Slight lacing.

S: Sweet fruit cake, bourbon, vanilla bean, dank booze that burns my eyes when smelling the glass. Chocolate and cocoa powder.

T/M: Not a huge difference with the wine barrels but does develop the flavors nicely. The taste follows the nose with added smoke and dark chocolate. Full bodies creamy and nice carbonation. Fun fishes smooth and prrogressive drying.

O: Event though the change was not dramatic I prefer the barrel aged version. It's not overpowering and doesn't distract from the great base flavor. The cocoa still shines through nicely.

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On tap at barrel blast

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head but left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. It had a a big aroma of dark fruits especially prunes alongside some caramel, brown sugar, spice, and mild wine barrel notes. The wine barrel character was more apparent on the palate but still had lots of dark fruit notes with caramel, spice, and brown sugar accents. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had. Sweet, dark fruity, mild spice, and vinous finish. Very intresting beer that did get more complex with the wine barrel aging process. It was drinking good but was a tad too sweet.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The barrel aged version's body is incredibly similar, but with slightly less head. The head also doesn't stick around as long as before. 4

The aroma has a nice balance, and is slightly different from its non-barrel-aged self. This time it starts off with chocolate and booze, giving way to sweet vanilla and grapes. The finish is all oak and roast, putting a nice cap on a complex beer. 4

"Tannins and oak take over the taste of the beer. Otherwise, there's roast, vanilla, and chocolate making appearances. I think the barrel might have impacted this beer in a negative way on the taste, as I much preferred the taste of the original version. 3.5

The heavy body is carbonated very well. The drinkability is still very high, as the complexity of the aroma keeps me coming back for more. 4.5

Value: You guess it, $3 for 4oz. I would definitely pay that for this beer again. 5

Not as good after spending time in the barrel, red wine barrel aged 09.09.09 is still a great choice. This beer ranked highly in terms of best of the night, it just didn't stand up to the beer's original recipe. 4

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.