Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber courtesy of dpjuart. Smells like a cat peed on my freshly cut Fraser fir Christmas tree. Wow! Not the nose I’d expect from a BSA. Spicy and piney with a bit of sugar and cooked corn. Otherwise, a great aroma. Dark golden amber clear with a thin white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fruity with orange and grapefruit, apricot. Fresh. Good bitter finish.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. banana, Belgian yeast, spice and hops... that pretty much sums it up (as well as the commercial description). quite an enjoyable beer, more so than 07.07.07. really nice full body over the top of the palate from front to back. the hoppy bitterness really shines through on the finish. wonderful spices, fruits and hops are present throughout this special release. grab some while you can and hold onto one.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. One of the better beers from that series. Right now it is very drinkable, with some hops bite but also some spiciness and pepperiness. This gives it a long lasting bitter finish. At the same time is quite refreshing and really hides the alcohol well. I am not sure how weel it will age though since there is a very prominent hops component.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So where do you draw the line between beer styles. This is hoppy enough I could have pegged it as an IPA, but with a little extra sweetness and spice. Well, that is stone brewery for you. Everything has to have hops, hops hops, and a bit extra hops for good measure. There is some Belgian characteristics here, a small spice fruitiness. Mouth feel is clean and crisp, but I prefer a more robust beer.
DWestrick (614) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable
AmEricanbrew (6636) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light amber with a fleeting head. Nice aroma is citrusy tropical fruit with clove. Medium body. Yeasty, estery flavors of bananas clove, with pale malt that’s mixed with bitter hops that doesn’t really meld very well at all. Maybe this one will develop with some time in the bottle?
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a clear gold with a decent white head. Aroma of pepper and spices, banana, and a little bit of the belgian yeast. A little sweet, and easy to drink. I feel like there is still a little alcohol burn to it. Overall, a decent belgian strong. I was really hoping for a little more out of the Vertical Epic though since I always have high expectations for the series.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells of citrus, hops, Belgian yeast, banana, hop juice, resin, and spices. Poured dark gold/apple juice in color with a small, fizzy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Lightly sparkling. Slightly hazy. Small lacing. Light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter flavor. Very complex. Tastes of lemon, hops, citrus, resin, alcohol, yeast, caramel, and spices. Medium body. Thickish, sticky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Sweet, hop juice finish is a little chalky.
demitriustown (1181) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber: Aroma big on citrus hops, pine needles, some bubble gum, light fruit almost apple aroma, and really nicely spiced. Appearance is a really carbonated golden color with a hint of amber, and a medium head that is around for a slight bit and then leaves. Taste is somewhat dry hoppy texture that lingers on throughout the taste. spices intermingle nicely, and an overall fruit texture on the back end. Overall, this stuff is quality brew in my honest opinion. Cheers!
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours golden color. Aroma is a Belgian, spicy, citrus, hop flavor. The flavor is quite more hoppy than I had initally expected. As it warms it gets even better, a smooth, creamy, wonderful beer. It’s better than the 07 offering and as good as the 06 one. Alcohol presence is not very noticeable until it hits you a few minutes later - will see how it is in a few years!