cheap (4570) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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 Beerman8868 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, 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, in all 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 volatile 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 (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber to brown body with a nice frothy beige head that retained as a thin ring. The nose is mostly oxidation, but there’s a little bit of a dark fruity note in there. Some light yeast and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is the best of the bunch so far, still a little too thin and oxidized to really warrant being called decent, but it’s pretty drinkable. It has actually taken on some positive oxidation qualities. Finishes with some dark fruits, light roast, a little alcohol, some minimal yeastiness. Still not resembling the commercial description by any means, but this is passable as an ’aged’ beer. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier and fuller than the previous with really nice fizzy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. I would actually be able to finish a bottle of this (though happy that I didn’t have to).
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear dark brown / red color. Minimal khaki head. Few dots of lace. Good complex nose. Spice, light dark fruit, light booze. Some red grape and plum. Incredibly complex taste. Light chocolate, some decent bitterness. Bigger body. Very light smooth carbonation. More dry texture. Impressive - age has done some interesting things for this. Real nice.
onceblind (5414) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clearish dark brown with a thin light beige head. Sweet earthy nose with raisins and plums, some grape barrel, and sweet earthy toffee. Flavor was pleasantly sweet with warm plum and raisin notes, wine barrel notes with wine barrel acidity, a bit of grape and something sweet and earthy. Lots of yeast esters that was stone-fruity and subtly spicy.
AndyReynolds (1056) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again, could be the age, but it smells kinda stale, maybe this bottle aged poorly. I get some spices, some dark fruit, and some musty basement smells. Flavor is sweet, finishing a little dry.
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone. Pours a cloudy brown with almost no head. Nose is toffee, raisin, chocolate, and Belgian candy sugar. Taste of chocolate, raisin, toffee, caramel, some funk.
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from tap at Brouwer’s in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Deep black-brown with coating tan foam. Dark raison-fig fruit, leather. Dark and mysterious, I’d swear this is some funky aged barley wine missing all its hops. Dark smoke and earthy, creamy body, some vanilla. Great for holidays, best beer of the day.
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Beautiful black with a dense tan head. Sticky roasted malts, some chocolate and molasses. Flavor brings a burst of warmth - creamy toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and toasted oak. Packs a punch. Quite tasty - big and smooth, though it wears a bit as you get through the glass.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Chalky brown pour, looks like Westy 12 in the glass. Minimal carbonation. This pour is a little cold. Faint Belgian yeast aroma of circus peanut candy and banana. Very flavorful beer. This has held up exceptionally well. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream flavors fill the month. Creamy mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms. Impressive.
AirForceHops (4512) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel and candi sugar. Flavors of raisin, dates, toffee, and the off cardboard-like taste. Meduim in body with a soft texture, it also has a steady creaminess throughout the sip. Mostly it stands the test of time really well. A good straight forward Belgian dark / Dubbel Ale.