MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma of bubblegum, sweet bread, coriander, clove and pepper. Pours clear gold with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with some banana and a touch of citrus hops. Alcohol is well hidden. Palate is creamy with a tart finish. A tasty American triple.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 05/19/2009. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and spice aroma with some floral hops. Spicy floral hop flavor with some caramel and belgian spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/4/14 - 3.5
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Clear dark amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet cramel aroma with some fruit and spice. Big sweet caramel flavor, light spice and spicy hops with a medium bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 -3.6
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Filtered, gold, small head. Wonderful nose of spices, funkiness, and a minimal hop profile.Smooth profile with acute spiciness, bitterness, some lingering sweetness and a hint of the Stone hop profile. Overall very drinkable with a nice but not overwhelming alcohol presence.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First whiff was definately not what i was expecting. a Big time hop nose with a massive candy sugar sweetness. The first sip comes across with a typical belgian with light cloviness, and super carbonated. It does not finish too bitter, but has a certain dryness to it that its hard to put my finger on. All in all a good brew, but nowhere near the flagships that Stone usually has .....
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, banana, spices, and cloves. Aroma is sweet lighter fruits and spices. Flavor is sweet belgian yeast with some banana and other fruit esters. Sugar and fruit with some hops to keep it from being too sweet. Reminds me a lot of Urthel Hop It.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma was very inviting with hops, fruit, alcohol, bread, and spice. Taste was even more inviting. First, you are taken in by the delicious taste of fruit and bread backed by delicious hops. Then you get the taste of sugars, slight citrus, and malt. A lingering alcohol warmness finishes it all off. I got more than I expected out of this beer.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of chardonnay grapes, white wine-like with candi sugar. Pours blonde with no head. Flavor starts with chardonnay, sweet malts, a little sulphury with hints of pine with hints of spice in the finish. excellent beer!
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden color with a soapy white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is full of grassy hops, banana/clove, white pepper and some NW hop resin. The flavour is heavily hopped, boozy, and very spicey, with a lot of emphasis on the pepper and some apple/pear notes. The Belgian bubble gum yeast is there, but masked by booze and resin hop zest. The bitterness is a bit medicinal, like baking soda. The palate is sharp and a little hot. I’d like to try this a few years later.
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden color with nice foamy white head. Clear in look smell is belgian, yeast, fruit, and malts, and hops. Taste is sweet, alchol, some hops bitterness at the back of the throat.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a good golden color. Smell is yeasty with good spice notes and a huge hops presence. Flavor is hoppy and spicey... Probably my favorite Vertical so far!