Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2012 19:57:30 | More by Hopswagger
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2012 14:33:56 | More by TheBrewo
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
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
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2012 19:10:16 | More by russwbeck
Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
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