Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts and bread. The taste is caramel, toffee, nutty notes, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is yeast, coriander, and raisin. The aroma is wood, yeast, spice. Thick mouthfeel with yeast and peppery finish. Held up well. Good
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on 12/12/12. This one has lots of coffee grounds, and a dry, chalky texture that isn’t very pleasant.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky orange to brown, minimal head
Smell gum, pepper, sweet toffee
Taste creamy vanilla toffee, light roast
Like a hybrid between and dubbel and a barleywine, I liked it
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, herbal tea, and caramel. Flavor and texture are both bitter with apricot, spices, and yeast.
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BottleWorks. Rating from notes from 11/12/2010 tasting where I shred with Ratman and Doodler (I never entered rating) and bottle today 3/3/14. 11/12/2010 bottle Nose is corriander, toasted bread, and prunes. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is spicy, fruity, and a little of the toasted bread. Really nice and smooth with no oxidation from a 7 1/2 year old beer.
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review date 12.12.12
Celebrating the 10 year Vertical Epic Series
P: Two-tone hazy brown and tan with translucent top and bottom with sediment floating. Creamy head that leaves delicate spider webs around the glass.
S: Molasses, candied plums, chocolate, bread, bananas, clove, coriander, toffee, wheat and oxidation on the rather boozy aroma.
T/M: Super malty, molasses, big time toffee, fruity, buttery herbs, sweetness backed by wood, white pepper, candy sweetness followed by aged cherries. Silky body that is smooth and finishes dry with surprisingly good level of carbonation.
O: Totally surprised by how well this aged. A beer that is 10 years old and shows a little oxidation but nothing like I expected. Stone has done a fantastic job of brewing a beer that will last. Great beer that come across more as a dubbel.
Serving type: on-tap
NeoHippie2 (1036) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber pour with a very thin white head. Carbonation is still there too. sweet malty nose with notes of honey. Flavor is malt forward, no pepper character to it at all. Slight bitterness in the finish. This has held up pretty well. Props to StFun for the bottle!
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
100th Belgian Strong Ale rating. Yeah! 22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head of foam. Aroma is floral, minty, and herbal. Tastes a bitter herbal and minty. Lighter body and medium carbonation.
BOSSbrewer (1680) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy brown. No head. Sweet malt. Caramel. Dark fruit. Nice
Ferris (4476) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Bottle - Vintage ?? - Sweet honey, apricot and spicy. Cloudy brown and orange with no head. Orange, apricot, spicy and yeast. Sweet and thick, very nice.