waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. opened 1/13/13. black oily pour with very thin head. baked bread, anise, light dark fruits in aroma. Best of the 4 I’ve tried. roasted malts, chocolate, smooth body. a little bit of spice and wet paper. pretty, pretty, pretty good.
sonnycheeba (2528) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights with average, fizzy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt, figs, dates, plums, raisins, floral hops, and belgian sugar. Flavor is very sweet malt and dark fruit esters forward with some faint booze and woody notes; sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good.
artmcd8 (1084) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill
6.5 year old beer! This beer was released before I could legally drink! So crazy. Smells of raisins. Tastes slightly bitter with woody after taste. What a privilege to drink this!
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andyhwcinc (1257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home while watching playoff football on a lazy winter weekend. Very happy that Stone released a variety of these. Appearance is a dark brown / ruby red with a rich, slightly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, prune, biscuit, red wine, a bit of sugar, and molasses. Taste is full bodied, really more of a wine than a Belgian ale, with a plentiful amount of prune flavor and molasses. It’s very low carbonation, but again very heavy. Unless I stumble upon other varieties of this, thoroughly enjoyed this series.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamed leather with prune accents. Cloudy garnet, medium yellow head. Drinks a little hot, lighter body. More pruny on the palate, but leathery to.
Scouser (213) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark murky brown with little if any head. Aroma of molasses and tobacco. Tastes of lots of molasses and brown sugar, and tobacco. This bottle has held up well! A good drink.
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UnionBeerCzar (77) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter. These came straight from the distributor so I know they have been hanging in a warehouse for nearly 6 years. Even popped fresh when I uncapped her. Pours a slightly murky brown/black slightly translucent on the edges. Small tan head which dissipates quite quickly, virtually no lacing. Very little aroma when it was cold, as it warmed and I refreshed the glass I got some figgy raisin malty nose attributes. This drinks like some Corsendonk Browns I laid down back in the day, maybe this even held up better. Low carbonation but not inadequate, medium to full mouthfeel. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and tabaco. Really pleased with how this held up I enjoyed drinking this little part of Stone history. Finish is long and dry and sort of chocolate-ly. Whoa there is some vanilla bean going on as well. This beer is solid, I wish I could have charted it’s progression or had one fresh. Alas, happy with the one I had. Slainte
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma had dark fruit, toffee, biscuit, earth, fig, Belgian yeast with some spicy tones, touch of grain as well. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, plums, spice notes with some brown sugar, vanilla, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty rich.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 4500! 12/23/12. 4500th rating for me... not really that exciting/exotic of a rating for the milestone, but I happen to have it around, so here we go. It also seems fitting given the 12.12.12 I’ll be having next. Rich deep brown pour with some brick reds under a nice khaki head that sticks at one finger and laces in an almost solid ring with each sip. Laid back aroma with nice toasted caramel and bits of chocolate on top of light fruitiness and esters from the yeast. Surprisingly nice flavor with well rounded and balanced amounts of chocolate, cream, fruitiness, and caramel, along with a slight yeast presence. I didn’t have this when fresh, but the flavors seem to have rounded out and meld well together. Smooth and surprisingly tasty, as I wasn’t expecting much out of this. Cheers!