HonkeyBra (4026) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft. When this beer released I was 20. I remember, I was heading home from college at this time. Itís pretty incredible that Stone sat on all these beers for so long so they could do this whole vertical epic thing. This beer is brown. It has a small beige head. It smells like oxidation, malt, mild belgian spice. Kind of meh. Flavor is dull, oxidized, with some vague sweetness and belgian notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Certainly a weird experience. After having these beers, my feeling that aged beers are disgusting is validated.
EithCubes (5485) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Time for a holiday countdown! Iím very near to finishing clearing out my cellar and this is the first of my greedily hoarded Stone vertical. Bought this bomber for $6.66 (and paid a little extra to the taxman). Nose is sweet crystalline rock candy with darker Dubbel and brown sugar notes. Pours a sultry chestnut brown that darkens a bit with volume, soapy tan head. Moderately dry in the mouth, very nice brown malt dominance right up the middle with gentle roast and faint coffee, furloughed red fruits and a subtle vein of bitterness -- very unlike Stone on that last point, and itís super classy. Faint mocha/cocoa, fainter anise, rich but straight-ahead malt, smooth woody character in the deep background that survives to enrich the aftertaste, and style-appropriate carbonation. Utterly minimal oxidation for this age. Very well-hidden alcohol, only a slight caress of warmth in the chest, none in the mouth or throat. Medium-full body, clean and balanced, smooth with latent nuttiness and slight velvety tang; it wants to pick up funky sour notes but canít (or at least hasnít). One nitpick: the phenolic character, while light, is a little bit crass. I love this yeast, which takes a star turn here. This is a wildly successful attempt in unfamiliar territory by a brewery I very much respect, and it has really held up well! Superlative Dubbel. [2013.12.12: 4.7]
burg326 (5265) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color from the bottle with aromas if dark fruits and some bread. Flavors are the same impressed with how well this one held up.
bergstaden (2276) - RÝros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown body with light brown head - sweet malt aroma with caramel - Sweet malt body with some caramel in it , hardly any bitterness - Sweet malt finish that lasts for some time - This was quite good considering the age
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Dark fermented fruits and loads of caramel. Like most of the VEs, this brew has probably lost some potentcy over the years, but its still great.
kathouse (1567) - Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear and brown with red highlights. Caramel and yeast on the nose. Lita of spice and herbs in this one. Great flavor with a toasty finish. Sweet and complex makes this one of the Vertical best.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09/21/13. 22 oz. bottle. pours dark brown with a short lived tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit. Thick and oily, fruit flavors and a subtle sweet finish.
Thanks to G&GKevin for the bottle.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with a creamy beige head. Alcohol and fruit nose. This is a big, rich beer with strong plum and dark fruit notes. Vanilla, anise and alcohol flavor. Big, alcoholic beer.
Sarlacc83 (1816) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Johnís Market.
A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.
N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.
T: Oxidized, but itís not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and thereís a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.
M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence.
TheHOFF43 (2032) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours dark brown with some head, more than expected. Malt, dark fruit and caramel. Has held up well, not a style I love even when its in its prime.