skoisirius (1580) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a completely clear yellow golden color with basically no head whatsoever. The aroma brings out a very honeyish sweet malt characteristic along with a very doughy banana sense. Flavor has a rich manderine sense to it at first moving into a grapefruity hopped and slightly bitter finish. Very doughy. Feels like silk on the palate there is so little carbonation. Flavors are very mellow after five years. After hearing mainly poor things about this guy, I was pleasantly surprised. I donít seem to be as impressed as most of the rest of you for some reason though. Kind of leaves a sourness on the palate after the finish. Doubt it will hold well in any condition until 2012!
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First a ramble inspired by friend .... while we both admire, enjoy, love? Stone, he pointed out the contradictory factor of calling these "vertical" when a true vertical tasting implies the same brew being laid down so that the comparisons come from the subtle or not so subtle changes that have taken place while the styles in this collection are subject to change. As for this specific one - While I enjoyed it, I like the subtle qualities found in a wit, a triple, and a good hoppy beer. This neither overwhelmed me or overly impressed me. Didnít quite enjoy the combination of coriander with the hops. Donít get me wrong, I am and will remain a great fan of Stone and their experiments and you can count me in on trying the next outing, just not this one again, thanks.
TChrome (1414) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours hazy golden with a moderate white head. The head is retained and there appears to be heavy lacing. When I smelled this beer for the first time, I wasn't aware of its categorization. The smell of orange peel and coriander whafted to my nostrils. "This smell like a Belgian ale" I thought. Low and behold, it is a Belgian. Flavor rivals the best American belgian styles, although there is a bit of a twang in the finish that I will put down as the hops Stone is famous for. Delicious yeast strain.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
200th rating for me. Thought this was appropriate, but also thought of 202. Who cares about the number, this is about the beer. My buddy Mark totally stoked me with this beer, and I owe him big time. I was worried to open this with the group on the 13th, because I was afraid it would be a letdown. Thankfully, this beer was better than I expected. It was hazy amber with no head. Wonderfully alive nose, with vanilla, citrus, wood, wine all wafting out. Taste is creamy, and caramel, pepper bitterness jumps out from hiding. Super complex as it moves around the mouth. YAY!!!!
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Had on tap at stone winter storm í06 out of a 4 oz tasing class. Hazy orange color with nice white head. Aroma sweet and spicy with a lot of hop notes. Body I described as creamy mellowness in my notes... yep... Flavor was very nice, still had a lot of spices in it, orange and bitterness. Thank you to the brewers for breaking out this five gallon treat.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz Bottle. Suprisingly lively hiss upon opening the bottle. Hazy golden pour with a healthy serving of frothy white head. Perfumy aroma of honey, banana, and a doughy cardamon spice. Intriguing citrusy hop characters add a sweet tangerine dimension to the bouquet as well. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very floral and creamy body with a baked cookie quality. Some more yeasty spice comes out and finishes with some more of the orange sweetness found in the nose. Many thanks to Rem for being the hostess with the mostest.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at NoogFest III. JohnC is the MAN for bringing this one! I love the Noog! Pours hazy orange with some sediment with a light white head. Iíll note that the sediment was likely from the trip from the west coast and Iím sure it would have settled given time. Sweet Belgian citrus greats your nose, orange and refreshing. I really did not notice any spice, itís really just a bright smelling brew. Very flavorful with tons of orange and spiced fruit and a caramel finish that is lingering. Good stuff. Very nice body that is well carbonated, medium, and wet. Much more like a suped up Wit than a Belgian strong. I very much enjoyed this and will be brewing my own directly.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PyschProf dug this triumphantly out of his cellar after weíd had a few, but not so many that we couldnít appreciate the intense complexity of this brew. A rage of cloves and allspice, coriander and carroty stuff - sweet and powerful and very, very fine. Whew. If the sweetness ever disippates with age, this could be THE beer for the ages. As it is, it is one of the finest lighter Belgians Iíve ever experienced.
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by LagunitasFan, sampled at J&Jís Friday the 13th Tasting at WeeHeavySDís place. Thanks a ton for sharing this! I never thought I would see one of these bottles! Pours a still hazy gold color with no signs of carbonation. Aroma is a mix of white grape, orange citrus, and a touch of bubblegum. Lightly oxidized but pleasantly sweet flavor with orange peel. Seems like it held up after all this time. Thanks again Tim, this was a real treat to try!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
So we got it. Thanks to Sean9689 for doing the legwork and securing the bottle. Opened up on 02.02.13. The anniversary of the first Vertical Epic. 22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a semi clear orange color with solid white head forming on the pour. Surprised by the amount of carbonation in this guy.
S: Pretty fruit still, some light oxidation with a little bit of prunes. Seems like it oxidized in a non-poor way. Weíll see what the taste entails.
T: Definitely oxidized in a sherry-like way. Deep dark dark fruits, some figs and prunes with a stale oat flavor to it. The best way to describe it is it just tasted "old". Mild paper from the oxidation as well, but surprised at how this has held up .
M: Medium to light bodied with a pretty solid and ample carbonation level. Pretty easy drinking.
O: As mentioned before this beer just tasted old, but the oxidation took a sherry like approach to it which lessened the blow of the usual cardboard flavors that a beer of this age would usually pick up. For being a 7.5% witbier, it surprised everyone at the tasting.
Serving type: bottle