onceblind (7322) - 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 (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 (4625) - 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 (1623) - 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 (959) - 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 (6192) - 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.
Ron (3585) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Tap and Mallet Stone’s flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours a dark brown ruby with a tinge of brown and ivory. Nose is sweet and a bit malty. Taste is a bit buttery and sharp. Not that belgian but still very nice for a 7 year old brew.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Pours a deep brune looking black. Medium carbonation, spotty lacing. Nose is barleywine all the way- strawberry candies, toffee, caramel, mint. Taste is pine, spices, red candies, mint. Comes across a bit drained and bland though. Palate aerated, thinner than expected.
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) clear deep brown-ruby, lack of head. Nose of chocolate, anise, licorice, Belgian yeast. Taste is strong of anise, alcohol heat, spicy, bits of cocoa, interesting mix but not my favorite. Body is medium but the carbonation has gone.