Ron (2314) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Tap and Mallet’s Stone flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Poured a translucent dark brown body that receives the tan head as it slowly falls into the glass. Brown sugar aroma. Sweet malt flavor which is balanced out by a soft hop bitterness. Full bodied but a little thiner than the others.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, almost black pour. This bottle had leaked on me earlier this week and I recrimped the cap immediately. Not surprisingly this one lacks carbonation. It’s not totally flat, though. Aroma is reminiscent of dirty dishwater and not pleasant. Taste is the opposite. It’s sweet, roasty, and pleasant. Sugared coffee with cream and vanilla bean flavors. I would have liked to try this fresh because I think the coffee flavors have developed very well. Good stuff.
AirForceHops (2562) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Color is black with a lasting tan head that laced slightly. Everything about this brew reminds me of a fine Belgian stout. Excellent flavors of Roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate and a heavy amount of chocolate. The yeast gives it a slight fruit note underneath al the malt. Light, subdued wood notes.Slightly drying texture. Medium body with medium sweetness. After 6 years, the ABV is completely hidden giving this some dangerous drinkability. (If I wasn’t having other vertical’s I would have order another) This was delightful and aged wonderfully.
thirdeye11 (5379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) deep ruby with hints of brown, ring Of tan bubbles. Nose of anise, raisin, caramel, chocolate. Taste is heavy anise, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, ginger, wheat. Carbonation had held up, string anise linger that takes away from the palate finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours a deep reddish brown with a persistent tan head. Nose is lightly roasty. Generic. Anise and clove along with a dark fruit ester. A bit more pop than the previous but lacks in "funk". Clean taste, papery and light roast again. Yeast is quite clean overall. Some licorice on the finish. Meh.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s on 12/12/12. Dark brown pour, with a tan head. At first smell/sip, a fairly typical dubbel. Dark fruit, some spices, with some chicory/dark roasted malts. The flavor adds some sweetness, bringing in a deep, dark wood -- like a mahogany. Definitely good.
MadRobin (1603) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12.
Nearly opaque, black-brown with thin khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of sweet and sour cherries, roasted malt, roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit.
Taste sweet roasted malt, sour dark cherries, other dark fruit and caramel. Very nice complexity and balance of sweet, sour and roasted flavors.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
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Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft on 12/12/12. Brown color. Aroma of cloves, chocolate, coffee. Lots of cloves in the taste as wel. Not bad.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle @ The BeerMongers for 12-12-12... Poured dark, near black with a thin, light khaki head. This certainly showed its age. A decent amount of oxidation. However a thick malt sweetness created some complexity and worthwhile flavors. Also, some Tootsie Roll or cocoa character that was pleasant too.
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sampled on the EPIC end date 12.12.12. The color is a deep mahogany that absorbs most light; carbonation is subdued, maybe from the age...who knows. Head settles into a fine lacy ring. Fantastic aroma of chocolate, cherry, nutmeg, with a touch of cocunut and clove. The Belgian yeast does wonders to this beer. Flavor is more subdued from the spice side but the bitterness and dryness makes a statement. Ends sweet, but not too sweet and the bitter fades very quickly. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty darn good.