Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic AleStone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superdedooperboy on 09-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
868
Reviews:
538
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
276
For Trade:
15
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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours black. Quickly fading head. Good carbonation.

S- Metallic. Slightly smoky.

T- Far better than the smell would indicate. Tons of roasted malt. Good hop presence. Lots of chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Some banana as well which was worked into the flavor quite well. I don't typically like fruit in beer, but it was done well. Hints of yeast.

M- Creamy, full, and good carbonation. Just right.

D- Very easy to drink. Only slight alcohol notes. Seemed like an imperial porter.

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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 22 oz. bomber back in late September from De Vinos in Adams Morgan, DC. Let it sit in the back of the fridge until today, which I must say, I'm very proud of. Even through tough times I left this bottle alone until 2010 came around. Don't know if it did anything, but a personal victory Ill take it.

A: Pours a nearly black, totally opaque drink with a big, chocolaty frothy head, clings well to the sides of the glass.
S: Deep coffee notes and bitter chocolate, touch of spicy hops.
T: Slightly sweet chocolate, mild dark fruit flavors intermixed with grassy hops, brown sugar, toffee flavors. Not bitter at all.
M: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall a slightly sweet, darkly toasted brew--subtle, but with many different flavors present. Many flavors, but none so pronounced that they dominate or take over. Moreover, the taste seems to progress through stages, allowing room for the complexity of the flavors to take their course. A filling and unique beer, done as well as anything in the style.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Chalice at cellar temperature

A-Pours a deep opaque black with a creamy tan head

S-Roasted coffee and malts, smoke, yeast, some dark fruits in the background.

T-Bittersweet chocolate covered dark fruits begin then hops take over the palate. A slightly acidic tartness midway, and a long, bitter astringent finish with warming and numbing alcohol completing the journey. This is very decent, but slightly hot, and I can only imagine what some age will do to this. More hops than I was expecting, but this is, after all, a Stone product.

M-Decent overall mouthfeel on this for the style.

D-I like this, and I'm glad I tried this while it was young, but feel that it is a bit of a shame because this will likely be fantastic with age. Everything is sold out near me, but I will keep my second bottle for a few years and crack it open to see how well it does. I think it will be excellent. As for now, I am content with this bomber but will buy some more if I run across it.

Updated 1.9.11. This has mellowed dramatically with age. The hops have receded and it no longer feels hot. Seems slighly undercarbonated now. Age has made this a mellower beer, but not necessarily a better one. I'm thinking this may have been better fresh.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four year old Nine pours much like a porter with a dark brown color and a gentle thin wispy head.

The aromas hold plenty of robust scents such as prune, fig, and date with tinges of caramel and soft tones of chocolate.

The taste starts chocolatey but move towards a chocolate covered raisin. It finishes with a roast coffee and malt that rounds things nicely.

The feel is quite smooth with a low level of carbonation.

This has great character overall with subtle complexities and robust elements.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this since last Friday and am finally having it.

Appearance - Pours a very dark chocolate giving way to a nice finger of fluffy mocha colored head. The head dissipates relatively fast and leaves light lacing - looks "pretty."

Smell - I can straight away smell chocolate followed by coffee notes, toffee, a fruitiness (orange peel), vanilla, and some malt.

Taste - Begins with a bit of bitterness from the hops and orange peel (citrus). This is immediately followed by the chocolate/coffee flavors followed with almost a smokey and earthy aftertaste. This is pretty complex to be honest. I'm getting quite a bit out of this.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth. Decent carbonation - light to medium bodied. I would have pegged this to be a bit more full but in actuality it is great how it is.

Drinkability - Relatively so. A very odd mixed brew imo. Not quite porter - a bit of hops I can taste. But as for ease of Drinkability - I can't taste the alcohol in this and for almost a 9% abv...yikes. Smooth and tasty. I'm enjoying this on a nice quiet evening outside on the porch. Good brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown, nearly opaque in the glass and topped by a small coffee-colored head that holds up nicely.

Aromatically it's nice but a bit muted, with fig and berry-like esters being most prominent, along with traces of chocolate and vanilla. As it warms the orange peel and vanilla take the forefront.

The taste is a pleasant and well-balanced mix of fruity esters, roast, vanilla, chocolate, citrus and resiny hops. Sweetness is restrained up-front and the mid-palate and finish are surprisingly bitter, both from roasted malt and hops. Finishes dry with a lasting coffee-like bitterness, vanilla popping up again in the far aftertaste. Very solid stuff, my favorite vertical epic so far.

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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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