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Stone Epic Vertical at ChurchKey 2003-2012

ChurchKey Epic Stone VerticalAs I was cleaning out my blog archive folder, I came across some photos from a Stone Epic Vertical tasting event at ChurchKey and I am sorry I did not get to post these earlier! I had a rare opportunity to try out a vertical offering of Stone Epic Vertical beers at ChurchKey in DC going as far back as 2003 on draft! Out of all the years I tried, I really enjoyed the 2009 version which was a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combined with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. The rich vanilla beans added a nice counter to the chocolate malt – actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish was smooth, with additional traces of vanilla and toasted characters from French Oak. The goal for this edition of the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series was apparently to be reminiscent of artisanal chocolates accentuated with orange… Oh by the way, I had the pleasure of seeing DFH Founder, Sam Calagione, at the event. Nice.

ChurchKey Epic Stone Vertical 2

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This entry was posted on August 13, 2013 by in Beer, Beer reviews, Craft beer and tagged , , , .

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