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.
jdjuice (307) - 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. Doesnít fit in a category, and I like it for that.
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 donít 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. Iíll 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 weíll 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.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This offering pours a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head that leaves this brew quickly. The nose is strong plum, figs, prune, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, wheat, just lots of sweetness in the nose. The taste starts mildly bitter with a grapefruit crack of bitterness, this is very interesting....it feels like a fruity Belgian beer combined with west coast pungent hops finished with a porterís roasted barley like quality. The taste continues with a prune sweetness that is balanced by a citrus rind bitterness. The alcohal is minimal this is a quality brew that will def become more complex with age.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle a deep maghogany with a small tan head. Aroma was of hops molasses and oak. Flavor was a bit sweet yet spicy at the same time with a good hop bitterness and a wonderful alcohol warming.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to DarkElf. Pours a clear, dark brown color with a very small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is malty and full of bananas with strong nut/malt hints coming through. Flavor is rampant with banana, yeast and malt and is very complex, some spice hints come through towards the end and more so as a beer warmed a little. very smooth and bubbly on the palate. This should age very well in my opinion.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark, almost stout like. Initial head is nice, compact bubbles, but it fades quickly to light lacing. Aroma is quite nice, lots of dark fruit. Flavors are very interesting, starts off with the dark fruits from the aroma, but quickly dries out. The aftertaste lingers on the tongue much like a Rochefort, maybe even a hint of that same tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin, and the carbonation is a little lower than Iíd like. On a side note, I like this from Stone...itís more proof they can do something other than hops hops hops.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In appearnace, this beer is dark brown with a very thin brown head. The aroma is of sweet alcohol, malt, something like peppermint, and some fruit (both citrus and non-citrus). The flavor is similar, overall Iíd describe it as both sweet and sour, roasty, hoppy, lightly fruity, with alcohol. Lingering sour flavor. Smooth palate with low/medium carbonation.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pruney, strong malts, yeasty. Flavor is relatively complex, sweet, mild alcoholic finsih, some clove. Appearence is nice dark brown. Nice full body, a pretty beastly beer, pun intended.