bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 (rerate from 12-25-07) This beer was damn impressive. I expected it to be with over a year of ageing. Ive had the 05’ and i dont really remember it being this good. Murky, and dark black in color, with a white laced head. Aroma is roast (but not in a coffee sense), chocolate, and grapefruit, vineous. Flavor is very much the same but i would describe it as more of a chocolate with a raspberry drizzle. Malty mouthfeel. A little bit of a hop bite, and a warm feeling afterwards. Damn good beer. but it definitely speaks more of a wine. Another winner for the boys at Stone.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Vertical Epics yet. Similar to the 03, as I remember, but stronger, more body and flavor. I found a lot of fruit in the aroma: pear, strawberry, raisin/prune. Flavor was yeasty with some spices. Very little hop bitterness, way background. Malt backbone that could age well, but might not make it to 121212.
jdjuice (328) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma has alcoholic lightness, caramelly and roasty. Body is surprisingly light, relative to color, good carbonation, smooth but not creamy. Flavor is very malty and, umm, kind of, umm...tastes a little like pot. I think pot has a very nice taste, and is something that goes very nicely with a beer of this darkness. Nice light finish with some banana esters and alcohol. Doesn’t fit in a category, and I like it for that.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one poured an opaque, dark brown with a good sized, tight-bubbled tan head. The strong, roasted malt flavor coated my mouth. The hops came in and tempered the effects of the caramelized grain. The aftertaste lingered with a pleasant combination of strong malt, molasses and hops. No sip lines, no lacing; just a robust, welcome edition to the series.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a deep brown-black with a light tan head. Clove smell is dominating in the aroma. Smell some fruit as well. Flavor is yeasty, tasting some fruit in there also. Smooth taste from start to finsh. A young beer, especially since it is not supposed to be tasted till much later. It should be very good around 12.12.12.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well this was mighty tasty, which is a little surprising since im not a huge Dubbel fan. Probably liked it due to the fact it was alot thicker and darker, not overly sweet or carbonated. Not to mention Stone has possibly the best looking bottles in the game, it would be nice if i didnt have to drive miles to smuggle it into IL.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at bistro. this beer is an interesting concoction. it is a belgian style but has more dark malt than most belgians. definetly raisin with belgian fruitiness and spice but also bring some chocolate in there to.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged 4.5 years. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Taste is strong a strange clove sweetness and some roasted dark malts. Aftertaste has a good bit of sweetness and just a little spices. The hops have certainly dropped off on this one. The body has gotten more medium, whereas it was medium-heavy about a year and a half ago. A very well aged belgian otherwise.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A toast to the 2008 Super bowl Champs, New York Giants. Another toast to the New England Patriots for making my football season entertaining considering my hometown team (Chicago Bears) really scerewed the pooch. Anyways this was my Superbowl finale beer. Sweet smelling beer, very thick foamy head, first taste hads a lot of fruity sweetness. As I drink this one further, I have a hard time wanting to drink it too fast as it is so damn sweet. I nice novelty beer to add to your ratings, but please don’t go too far out of your way to obtain.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is it. Number 200. I’ll tell you what. I know a lot more about beer than I did 200 beers ago, but after getting to meet some great people in the beer industry, I realize just how little I know. I guess we’ll just have to keep drinking more beer. Ah well, such is life. This years edition of the Vertical Epic pours a deep caramel color, but settles a dark brown color. Light brown fizzy head with no lacing. Aroma is of sweet, fruity malts, with a universally accepted nose of fig. Initial taste is light sweet, ramping up to a moderately sweet finish. Average duration. Light on the mouth, it has a watery feel with no distinguishable finish feel. It was noted that this ale has a signficant cinammon taste. The first glass that was poured smelled and tasted different from the rest, independently earning a 7 for an aroma score, opposed to a 6 for the rest of the pours.
Reviewed on October 22, 2006.