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Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
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.
(Beer added by: superdedooperboy on 09-08-2009)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Spotted this on the shelf of one of my local beer haunts on Saturday, 09.05.09, indicating that either the beer was distributed too early or the staff stocked the shelf early; either way, it was available a full three days before the official release date of 09.08.09, four days before the date the beer is obviously supposed to be firstly consumed, 09.09.09. I didn't make a purchase that night, and there are no sales of alcohol on Sunday in Georgia; I picked up a bottle today, and it was far too tempting not to crack it open before its official release.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours ink-black and virtually opaque; it takes a real effort of glass-adjusting and light bending to get the deep brown color to show through the edges. A very small head of light tan froth appears briefly, resting atop the brew in patches with a thin crown, and leaving behind some wisps of lace as it recedes.
Light notes of roast and chocolate appear in the nose, followed by a nice whiff of citrus peel and a little banana; perhaps a touch of mango as well. Vanilla notes follow, and are expected and welcome.
Body is lighter and more effervescent than expected, with a medium-full feel and a moderate level of carbonation. Initially full of roasty and bitter chocolate notes, with a rich show of vanilla and a dry astringency, likely attributable to the French oak aging. As things warm, yeast-derived characteristics show themselves, with a complex show of spices and a bit more dry astringency. Vanilla shows itself even more, not surprising with the use of both vanilla bean and wood aging; nicely complex and delectable, and, along with a bitterness most likely from the hops, providing a bone-dry finish that leaves one thirsting for another sip. Roasted malt and a bit of slightly sweet molasses linger in the finish.
Quite a complex beer, with a full spectrum of flavors and aromas that almost directly correspond with the ingredients used, making this a nicely crafted concoction, and a style that breaks any guidelines: hailed as a Belgian-style Imperial Porter by the head brewer, it's tough to pin down. It will be nice to see how this one ages, though this seemingly fresher-than-fresh example is nothing to balk at.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2009 03:24:04 |
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