ThirstyMedic (4) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 24, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I will go ahead and admit that this will be one of my worst ratings to date because I was absolutely trashed by the time I got around to this beer. I will just keep it simple. I can tell you one thing about this beer... It was F***ing amazing.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old Review from 2009 - When I visited Stone, it was my goal to bring back some one off brews that I could enjoy in the hotel room. I came back with two growlers. One of them was the beer you see above. I love their Vertical Epic line. I enjoyed what the Red Wine barrels gave to this beer. It added a bit of a sweet taste with a mixture of a smokey aroma. Very nice to try something that you canít buy in the stores
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale, Wine Barrel
Date: October 06, 2010
Source: Duckworthís Stone Tour
Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of winey sweetness, light oak, growing spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of sweet wine, big oak is short lived, nice spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
bhensonb (12760) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is herby/vinous/oaky. Med minus body. And the herb is interesting. Quite amazingly tasty.
marcus (7822) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours orange copper with almost no head and a vinous vanilla aroma. There is a fruity vanilla flavor with a dry oaky finish.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2008. Overripe smell, flowery, reminds me of Pizza Port SPF 45 on the nose. Clear amber in the glass, no head. Apricot brandy or port is the main impression with the first sip. More carbonated than expected. A bit tangy, with some orangey acidity. A bit tannic, the overall feel is kind of like a light red wine (maybe a Cote du Rhone?). Finish is a bit astringent, producing a chemical dryness. Itís aight.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a clear, rusty orange colour with no head. Aroma of funkiness, tart, and a little sour citrus fruits. Flavour is the same as the aroma. I didnít detect any of the red wine flavour that should have been derived from the barrels so there really was no point in aging it in red wine barrels.
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Small bar into a tulip...Murky copper with very light retention...A very medicinal aroma, eucyaliptis comes in as well. A touch of red wine and sugar...The taste is more medicine, yeast, and euca. This is horrible and totally undrinkable. Not sure how this is wine aged as besides a hint on the aroma none comes through.
This is an undrinkable and terrible beer that should be avoided.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber-golden pour. The nose is really vineous. Fruity and spicy with a distinct grapey/fruity flavour. Soft and sweet with a kiss of light spice. Slightly mentholic with a nice fruitiness as well. Spicy with some light earthy hoppiness. Spicy and earthy. Very well-balanced and delicious. Picks up more colour from the barrel than the original colour. Soft and very fruity. A little bit of tartness as well.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a nice moderate brownish red with an off white head. The nose brings forward a good deal of red wine alongside some caramel notes. A bit of spice, although not much. The taste is completely dominated by the flavor of generic red wine. There isnít much character to it, yet thatís the liquid beverage I would most closely identify it with. Not really any notes of barrel aging; it could have been added wine. Mouthfeel is medium. Interesting, but does not drink terribly well.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010