Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale

This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit and 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.

Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

September 9, 2009
Belgian Strong Ale
8.6%
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TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
Dark orange to deep brown, tan lacing
Aroma
Cocoa, banana, roasty notes, wood, aged oak, orange, vanilla
Taste
Chocolate, fruit, hints of vanilla, mild oak, orange
Palate
Full mild flavor, very smooth, creamy, good carbonation
Overall
A little grainy, cocoa is wonderful, flavors meld well together, better with age
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Oysters on the half shell, baby back ribs
Soups
Chili con carne, beef stew, jambalaya
Entreés
BBQ pork, rib eye, buffalo, lamb, blackened fish
Desserts
Dark chocolate truffles, brownies, chocolate espresso cake, tiramisu
Cheeses
Gorgonzola Dolce, Dante, Point Reyes Blue
Cigars
Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo, Diamond Crown Maximus Double Corona No.1, Liga Privada No.9