artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill
5.5 year old beer! Complex floral aromas with ginger. This beer has done so well over time. I'm amazed.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago along with two other Vertical Epics, enjoyed at a friends house while enjoying delicious food on NYE 2012. Very happy that Stone re-released some of these brews. Appearance was a relatively clear copper gold with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, Belgian ale yeast, light caramel malt, with a light bit of citrusy hops. Taste went down very smooth, so smooth that I didn’t have time to take proper notes. I do remember this being slightly potent without really feeling it, and also pretty delicious. Again, very happy to have tried this!
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Filling in the Vertical Epics I have not rated (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Orangish in color with a small sized head. Citrus, rinds, fruity, and spices.
Iphonephan (3269) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Pours a cloudy amber with an off white head. Smell of fruit peel and cardamon. Luscious combination of fruits, caramel with a mild bitter finish.
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, a lighter sweeter beer than 060606 but the sweetness is too much, some lemon acidity comes through but not enough to balance the sweetness.
cheap (4056) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color. No Head. Aroma is spicy, banaa, belgian yeast, berries, almost a sour hay note, musty spices. Taste is banana, sweet malts, some raisins, sweet, spicy, soapy, chewy.
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange amber color with an aroma of apple, orange, cinnamon, and Belgian yeast. Orang, apple flavor with ginger, cardamon, and cinnamon flavor with a hint of Belgian yeast. Very nice!
DrSilverworm (6401) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Mildly hazy darker orange color. No head or lace. Zesty orange-peel and coriander taste, very nice. Floral - orange blossom. Nice zesty taste. Bigger body, very little carbonation, more dry finish. I dig it.
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hint of cinnamon with a granny smith apple. Apple cinnamon candle aroma. Smells like Christmas. Weak head with minimal lacing. Copper in color.Creamy texture with a long finish. Malty taste like peanut butter. I thought the older vintage would be better than the new vintage but thus far not true. I guess I will find out.