Beer Review: Stone Epic 090909
OK, OK, I know I’m not supposed to drink this for another 800 years, but I bought 2 bottles, so it’s ok! Right on the label Stone says it is designed to be drunk after 2012, so where probably talking about a really hoppy malty beer. Stone describes this as a “Belgian style Imperial Porter”, yeah it’s a mouth full. This is the 8th beer in Stones Epic Vertical series. I bet in 2012 there are going to be some pretty killer vertical tastings of all 11 stone beers, but that is a couple years down the road.
Black! No light what so ever comes through this beer which sits under a creamy dense cappuccino colored head. Some petty significant lacing going on, the foam just wants to cling to the side of the glass.
Honestly I was expecting a ton of hops on the aroma, but I was surprised. The chocolate malt really was the dominate aroma. There are some underlying citrus aroma, but it was very subdued. Tiny wafts of vanilla once and awhile, but a very conservative aroma. As the beer warmed up to around 60°, the oak started to come through along with some clove spice.
Wow, what a big beer, so much flavor! Right up front chocolate and vanilla, jab, jab! Followed by toasted malty molasses sweetness, right hook! Bam, big spicy oaky presence, Upper Cut! Finishing with a long dry bittering heat, KO! Sorry for lame fight commentary, but this beer really shook up my taste buds, beat them up, tossed them around, and my taste buds were asking for more. The spiciness and oakiness in the middle mouth really battled with each other with the spiciness winning, especially as the beer got warmer
A very interesting porter, one I can’t wait to try again in a couple of hears. Intense robust flavors really make this beer, but it needs some time for the heat to mellow out in this beer. This is going to be one kick ass beer in a couple of years. If you have one hold onto it, if you don’t try to find one and hold onto it. The more you drink the more intense this beer gets.
Calories: 8.9% abv beer will have 275-300 calories per 12oz (Calorie Chart)
Simply Beer Rating: 91 (can’t wait to try it in a few years)