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. We’ll 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
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks very much to JohnC for sharing this rare treat. A misty orange pour, lacy white head. Aroma is citrus and spicy sweet. Predominant citrus orange flavors with a yeasty spice background, malt holds everything up with good balance of bitterness and round mouthfeel. This one has aged very well and is quite smooth, a terrific creation to offer from the cellar.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark golden with a tight white head. Nose smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Strange cross between a hefe,wit and tripel that definitely works. Guavas,mangos,bubble gum are all bouncing around with just a hint of spiciness. An excellent brew!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fruit aroma. More the color of a trippel, and leave it to Stone to over hop it. I LIKE IT!!! Well, one year down, and it is still great.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy dark yellow. sweet cinnamon smell. very carbonated and very smooth. tastes like champagne. it’s very good but it’s not $250 worth of good. i am definitely in the wrong business. lol
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Tight self sustaining head. Velvety peach apricot, and cream in the nose that continues into the mouthfeel with orange peel, coriander, and slight pepper. Alcohol develops as the beer warms. Less spicy than when it was released. Incredably complex.rerate 6MAR06 Nose hase gotten sweeter, light coriander and sweet cream. Fairly dry, subduded spiceyness, floral, cram, light toffee, snoflake delicatness, the smell of light hopflowers. Carbonation less vigorous still has lots of yeast. Very smooth, creame brule, white bread, and honey comb. Yet another rerate 3/22/03 Lots of bubblegum phenols(sp), and curaco in the nose, peppery, orange creamcicle and bandaid.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly cloudy yellow color with a small to moderate head. Nice intense flavor of coriander and spices, also very yeasty. A punchy and slightly dry aftertaste. Fruity, complex, and a great beer. This is right down my alley.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
light cloudy body with a shampoo head. orange blossoms and lemon rind fill the nose. Flavour ages well and features a backbone of sweet coconut almond with a floral characteristic. Mouth feels very grainy and unique, with a lemongrass aftertase. Hats off to Walt for finding this in a dumpster outside of a stripclub in Utah.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I only have one of these bottles in storage which I am saving until the suggested opening date, so having a bottle presented to me at the Stuffed Sandwich was a great opportunity. The beer has a citrusy/hoppy aroma with a slight cloudy yellow appearance and no head. Great flavor with a hint of fruit and a slight bitterness. Nicely done - waiting until it's been aged much longer to see how it performs.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The colour is golden - kind of like a blond. The aroma is not at all like a blond, it is more like a barley wine or dark belgien beer. You can smell prunes, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is similar, but it also adds another dimension with the acidly touch, which suits very well. Great beer - thanks to sk8viking!