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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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Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic series

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 Lord Hobo for their Vertical Epic event on 12/12/12. Part of Flight "E" (BA versions of 08, 09, 10). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Pours a dark opaque jet black with a thin mocha brown head and nice lacing. Appears very similar to the non-BA 09 with maybe a little bit darker head.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, hint of coffee, tangerines, red wine, and oak in the background. Nice balance of the barrel that comes out a little bit more as it warms.

T- Chocolate, slightly roasted malts, hint of red wine and oak hiding in the background along with some light dark fruits.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, very easy drinking.

O- This was my favorite of the BA variants. I liked how the red wine barrel complemented the flavor and actually brought out the flavors in the base beer even more. If anything the red wine could have came out a little bit more but not too much. It's definitely not the best barrel-aged beer I've had but I really enjoyed drinking this one and it was one of my favorites in the entire series.

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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.