joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black/brown/blue with medium brown tan head. smells of floral dark fruits and light mocha and grainy malt. viscous and nice carbonation. smooth and slight vanilla creaminess. alcohol is definitely apparent but not overpowering, some sage licorice and cloves. uuummm itís a stone...just a typical high quality dubbel
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It looks like any other dubbel out there. Well, I guess the head could be a bit better, and the lace is definately lacking, but at least it wasnít overactive. Chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Rather good aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit raw at this point. I think it has potential, but it needs to mellow a bit. Itís a bit too alcoholic and dry at this point. Very spicy with cloves and a not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Itís also much better when chilled as opposed to room temperature. Another sign that it may improve with a bit of age on it.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle, much darker than I expected. Aroma was a very nice banana and clove. The flavor was a bit bitter on the nose, followed by a strong clove taste and finished with a nice sweetness combining with the clove.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a medium light-brown head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is fruity with roasted malts. Flavor is nutty with hints of spiciness and a yeasty dry finish. Was able to fill up my Trappist glass twice with the bottle. Complex and delicious!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I havenít been into the VEís too much, but thought I would take one out of the cellar and what do you know, itís damn good. Perfumey, spice aroma - reminds me of when I was macking on some girlís neck at Christmas time when I was younger. The off white head reactivates nicely with a gentle swirl.. Color is a nice opaque brown/black with tints of orange. Taste is spicey, raisony- sweet with and orange peel-like, smokey bitterness. Yeastiness is present but is not overpowering. Very nice
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 05í 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.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was coffee off the bat with chocolate and caramel coupled to a bit of a smoked character like that of smoked sausage. The backbone was malty and nutty with a Munich malt nature. The beer poured dark brown, almost black, with an off-white very low yet lasting head which did work to lace the glass. The flavor was malty with a light spice, coffee and a strong bit of smoke thrown in for good measure. The spice was not readily able to be deciphered, but had a bit of a cinnamon and clove note through the smoky and roasty phenol. The bitterness from the roasted grains and hops kept the malt from having any chance at balancing the flavor toward malt so the bittering and acidic grain properties ruled the day. As it warmed some nutty Munich malt character emerged. The body was medium full with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy character to the mouthfeel. The finish was bone dry with lasting smoked sausage and light roast into the aftertaste and beyond. Alcohol never played a role in this beer with no apparent alcohol anywhere in the aroma nor flavor, but with just a hint of warming post consumption. An interesting beer, perhaps a Belgian Porter or Stout. 22 ounce bottle.
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.
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.