09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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4.07/5
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09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale09.09.09 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
869
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
274
Trade:
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 538
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of strYkn14
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has sat unopened in my basement since 2009, i'm interested in knowing how well it held up

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Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is difficult- the beer is very good, but key claims appear to have mostly vanished - with time? For instance the tangerine/orange is just barely noticeable and if it wasn't suggested, maybe I wouldn't have noticed it at all. That said lovely beer to look at. Rich beer to drink. Probably not one to lay by.

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Photo of Poupae
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head.

4.0 S: Nose on this is quite impressive. Semi-sweet tangerine peel, oak, chocolate. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Caramel and lots of spiciness.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but not as impressive.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here.

3.5 D: Good enough. This tastes like palate fatigue.

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Photo of Sangrejoven
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GPHarris
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was dark black.
s - chocolate malt with some roast. vanilla and bananas with a hint of belgian sugar.
t - chocolate, bananas, fruity yeast, finishes with a hint of oak.
m - medium body with a dry finish.
o - i had this at a VE tasting after the last release. this was one of my favorites and in the two years since the tasting nothing has changed about that.

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Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Texaseddie
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Joshmistake
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of diamondlie
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Officer_Nasty
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

This is a delicious beer that aged very well.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2009 vintage of their special Vertical Epic series, and it's a really good Belgian dark ale. It sat cellared for a couple of years, but aged quite nicely. Happy to have shared part of a bottle.

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Photo of vma
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of shoegueuze
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of kneary13
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 869 ratings