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 itís progression or had one fresh. Alas, happy with the one I had. Slainte
bergstaden (867) - 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 (2027) - 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 (721) - 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 (1665) - Chesapeake, 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 (3227) - 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.
writerljberg (394) - 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 (1429) - Bloomington, 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.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at RBSG . Clear reddish brown pour with a white head. Sweet, but not OJ sweet. Plum. Very good.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of a little dark cherry & malt. Flavor is slightly oxidized anise and heavy wheat.
RobertDale (2597) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and toffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Very good.