JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally getting around to rating this from backlog. In a certain sense it’s a good opportunity to take stock of the series by reflecting on my impressions and notes from the past. What I mean is that, with some perspective, I might be tempted to say that this was the last beer in the initial phase of the series, the last somewhat dark beer before Stone seemed to shift to tripel/golden/hybrid beers. It had lovely sweet malts with a hint of spicy yeast and tangy malts, slight wood and autumn fruit. Perhaps one of the most interesting and age-able of the series to this point.
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is faint chocolate malt and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with rich cocoa and brown sugar with nice lingering dry finish.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle -
The Epic Ales series have been up and down, and Iíve had several chances to try most of them at different times in their aging lives. This one really carried itself nicely and seemed much better now than when fresh. Aroma is light chocolate, musty, spicy and yeasty. Light canned fruit also creeps in after it breathes a bit. Toffee, spicy/gingery, light mint, with a nice showing of sweetness. Nice to see it holding up, while others havenít.
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Odeed. Nose is caramel, anise, black raisins, and sweetness. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, darly fruity, and small hints of bitter and licorice. Very well preserved for a nine year old beer.
Dfonorow (1418) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, earth, and yeast. Flavor is similar with a bit of cocoa, dark fruit, and spice added in. Awesome.
chinchill (1799) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)
Pours black and opaque, with a good head.
This slr shows obvious barrel aging effects, including a smooth feel and well blended flavors. Itís warm with an estery finish and aftertaste; otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Flavors include vanilla, toffee, dried fruit and light spicing. Semi-dry finish.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Deep clear amber body with a huge creamy copper tone head that stay with it for a spell. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Burnt molasses, dark roasted coffee, candied banana, toffee, and bready yeast.
T/M: Follows the nose with some additional fruit profiles, figs, raisins, chocolate orange, smoked barley, old leather, and dark bread. Has a nice aged flavor that compliments the complex layers that develop throughout. Once warmed even more chocolate, toffe and coffee flavors arrive and add another level of complexity. Medium creamy body with clean finish of chocolate, cocoa and aged wood.
O: Wow this has everything and continues to challenge the palate with layer upon layers of flavors and complexity. With the multitude of flavors I would expect a sloppy mess but this has developed nicely and aged to perfection. This was my favorite of all the Veryical Epics. Glad I was able to try this.
Serving type: on-tap
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby/brown pour with no head. Lots of dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with notes of alcohol. Big sweet malt flavor with notes of plum and dates. Finish is slightly warming from the abv. Almost reminiscent of a barleywine. Very tasty. Thanks StFun for the bottle!
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of raisin, brown sugar, and molasses. Tastes sweet and full of dark fruits. Medium body and carbonation. My overall favorite of the series.
BOSSbrewer (1594) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy brown. Caramel and dark fruit. Very nice beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled in 12/2013 from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-brown color with a medium sized foamy orange-tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was metallic with notes of fig, port wine and Dr Pepper. The flavor was metallic with notes of fig, date, Dr Pepper and more metal. Long fig, Dr Pepper and metal finish. Medium body. Not good at this point.