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09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel-Aged | Stone Brewing

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4.05/5
Exceptional
40 Ratings
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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
40
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by dmsohyea:
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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of jodan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 40 ratings