ben4321 (5249) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/25/13
Aroma: The aroma is fairly sweet with some dark fruit, nuts, a little spice, and some yeast notes to it
Appearance: It pours an orangish color with a small head, but not nearly as flat as it could have been
Flavor: The flavor is quite sweet as well, and this one has developed some intriguing complexity
Palate: The fell is pretty clean and soft, it has a medium body, and isn’t too cloying from the sweetness
It was really cool to get to try this one, and was a great way to kick off the weekend. Props to Dave, Kramer, and Andy! As for the beer, I think we were all shocked it had held up so well. It really didn’t taste all that worse for the age. Sure it is extremely sweet, but it has developed some nice complexity. This certainly exceeded my expectations.
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Thorpe’s for sharing.
The beer is copper hued with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Pockets of bubbles evident throughout the glass. The aroma offers malt, citrus, booze. Notable signs of age. Toffee and caramel flavors. Light sweetness, with butterscotch candy and caramel chews. Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium dark amber, half finger off white head into pilsner glass lots of bubbles streaming up. Big malt aroma, toffee, caramel, biscuity, very slight astringent, cleaner and cardboard, it is 10 years old! Taste is very malty, slight biscuit, belgian crystal, peppery and spicy mid mouth, bit of noble hop character. Slight alcohol, no off flavors at all, much different than the nose here. Good carbonation, medium thin, slight alcohol and pepper burn. Overall excellent, first time I had it, so I don’t know what it would be like fresh, aroma would probably be better fresh though.
obguthr (5088) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Walnut and almond nose, marzipan and dusty wood. Clear copper, no head. Flavor is simpler, red currant but not ezceedingly tart. Maybe a light almond note.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to my father-in-law for sharing this one. Surprisingly fairly good. Molasses and dates, mostly. Really thinned out.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Another one of those I’ve had a few times and just noticed I did not rate (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Brownish in color with a small sized head. Fruity, yeast, some spiciness, and brown sugar.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a translucent brownish amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits cardboard and some
Hints of pepper. Flavor of dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast spices.
arminjewell (9144) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought brown sugar, toffee, earth, vanilla, touch of oak, fig, and dark fruits, slight oxidation but really not all that bad. Taste is a nice mix of toasted brown sugars, bread, dark fruits, slight oxidation/cardboard, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Held up pretty damn nicely.
cheap (4886) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, which adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, about my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is a ginormous load of oxidation, even more so than the 02. There is a weird almost menthol like note in here too, but it’s buried below the oxidation. The flavor is pretty well totally destroyed, it’s not even loaded with cardboard, it’s just thin and watery with nothing positive to to say about it. An odd mix of alcohol and that weird menthol like note on the finish. Thin and watery with decent fizzy carbonation at least. The only thing positive to note about this beer is that the carbonation was still good. Worse than the 02 even, but it’s a really tough competition.