HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Surprised by how much carbonation remains in this. Dark chestnut brown color, Faded, vegetal hop aroma. Agave nectar, cooked broccoli, cauliflower, and golden brown sugar flavor. Not my favorite in the series but still drinkable for the age.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours hazy amber with an average beige head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is pretty far gone, very oxidized, with a bit of a yeasty aroma. The flavor has some spice on the back, but is really just as oxidized as the nose. The body is medium with average carbonation and long malty oxidized finish.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opened a bottle on 1/1/2015. Still good carbonation in the pour. Cotton candy and spice aroma. Lots of oxidation but flavors are still decent. Not great but decent.
madvike (3088) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours reddish dark brown with a filmy white head. Nose is bready caramel with black cherry, yeast and light spicing. Taste is bready and yeasty with a tangy maltiness, sherry, and a sweet honey finish. Thin and smooth, with mellow carbonation.
dnstone (2360) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Note: On tap at Neighborhoodin SD
Deep amber w an off-white head. Raisiny, roasted aroma. Quad like raisin roast taste, quite fresh for 11 yrs old. Overall mellowed.
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djd07 (5894) - 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 (15641) - 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 (1400) - 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 (1721) - 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 (3944) - 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 (199) - 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