Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

8.7% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 36750 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank234
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank24 of 1172
Style Percentile98
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.057
Weighted Score3.925
Standard Deviation0.464

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Of the annual vertical epic series, this is the one I have enjoyed the most, a truly oustanding beer. A very dark brown pour, reminiscent of a good stout. Head is lighter brown. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and citrus. Flavour is more of the coffee/chocolate notes with some citrusy notes.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma contains some bananas and other tropical fruits, chocolate, coffee, kind of espresso like. The flavor is slightly bitter with more chocolate, coffee, and a hint of the bananas and some spices. The aftertaste is also slightly bitter. Overall I really liked this one.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Found this tucked away at a local drive through a while back and was able to grab one of the last two bottles. Very nice dark Belgian style, quality roast and chocolate accompany a flavorful yeasty backdrop. ///////////////// Scored this as 87788 during the draft vertical tasting so it's still close to how much I enjoyed it originally. Chocolate, roasted malt, cereal and vanilla all stood out and impressed me. Still one of my favorites from the series.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I bought this beer on Dec. 17, 2010 (So it had at least a year to mellow) at the Kroger in Roanoke on Brambleton Lane. I was not a huge fan of this beer. I thought it was a bit of a malt bomb - the beer was a bit unbalanced for my liking. I am glad I got the chance to try it but I wll pass on the Vertical Epics in the future.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Oct. 2009 - I don’t know what to say about this one. Dark pour, small roasty aroma. The flavor was a hodge-podge of flavors that didn’t meld wonderfully. A lot of dark roast and some honest to goodness banana flavors. The citrus hop flavor was the clangy off pitch note which ruined the finale. Just okay.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    This reminded me more of a strong/imperial porter versus Belgian Ale. Flavor starts off with the malts with a hoppy/yeasty Belgian feeling finish (2 of favorite styles!) Very malty with the alcohol hidden quite well. I wish I would have read the bottle first, which recommends aging until sometime after 12/12/12....but hey, I would have been curious anyways and probably would have cracked. This was sooo good though, I am going to run out and grab one to age for a few years. I could see how it could be even better then. Super dark appearance, but not mud thick like and IPS. Tons of flavors going on, but nothing too overwhelming. Great balance.....One of my favorites.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This is a nice brew .. . pours out a very dark brown, light firm lacing .. . handball! .. . sweet light roast, and molasses with some a slight chocolate woodiness, awesome! .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zKE41IdH2g .. . My favourite so far from the epics! .. then we're shit out of luck...

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    March Madness tasting -

    Aroma: Lots of roasted notes, but nothing overbearing. Bready-rye like notes, chocolate powder, fruity...odd but I enjoyed it.

    Appearance: Dark brown/black body, 1" creamy light brown cap that had some beautiful staying power and nice lacing. Always love Stone beers because the head always seems to last the length of my pint.

    Taste: Mild chalky-chocolate notes, light coffee roast, burnt toast, and light spice.

    Overall: Nice beer that I’d be intrigued to find out what my other 2 bottles taste like in a few years.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Epic... that pretty much sums this up for me. Compliments of jlozier - many thanks, buddy! After a week of debate about whether to cellar it according to the text on the bottle or not and some insight from j., I decided to go for it. At first sip, I could not imagine this being any better in Dec 2012 than it was when I first opened it. This mighty fine elixir pours thickly into a glass with a deep, dark brown color that borders on black. A very slight head, but not dissappointing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and licorice abound and are a true delight to the nose. As smooth as silk - ay velvet - on the pallette - wow! The flavor is as equally impressive as the aroma with the same flavors as aromas. A superior beer in every sense of the word.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Had this brew in a goblet at Dexter's the other night. Very impressive! Pours an interesting, cloudy rusty red colour with a big beige head. Aroma is a mix of alcohol, licorice, caramel and cinnamon. Taste carries the same flavours, again most noticeably is the hotness on the palate. Really nice beer though.

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