SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in mid-August 2008.
**Appearance**: Cloudy and a sort of brownish-orange in color. By pouring aggressively and splashing, I was able to get a tall, off-white head. It faded slowly to a thick, sticky ring. Decent lacing left behind.
**Nose**: Fruity and sweet. Thereís orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple, followed by a bready yeast aroma.
**Mouthfeel**: Medium bodied and dry. The finish comes on quickly and smoothly. Thereís not a lot of carb or alcohol bite, but thatís OK as theyíre not needed in this beer.
**Taste**: Bitter orange peel and bready yeast, followed by tangerine and orange. Thereís no alcohol taste. The faded hops are evidenced by the lingering bitterness.
**Overall**: This is an awesome beer. Itís one of the first beers that I bought specifically to be aged, so Iíve been looking forward to this and was not disappointed.
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes great. I donít have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I canít say how it would have differed. I get the feeling it might have come out a little "better", but I donít see anything wrong with this one.
GenDV138 (3762) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Re-brewed for their 20th Anniversary Encore Series, 8.9% ABV. Bottled on 9/1/2015. Very slightly hazy vibrant golden orange with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of herbs, spices, a little white wine, black pepper. Tastes of herbs, spices, light banana, some citrus and stone fruit, some earthy and yeasty notes. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish.
wlajwl (4807) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bananas, citrus, fruit/berries and very slightly perfumed Belgian yeast. The flavor is bubblegum, citrus, hops/mild hop resin, malts and a mix of sour, bitter and heat in the finish.
pinogq77 (1) - - OCT 1, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops. spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end.
DocJitsu (1315) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden with no head. A white island of bubbles sits atop. Bubblegum and light spice on the nose. Mild fine carbonation on the tongue with just a bit more of a burn in the back of the throat. Medium- to full-bodied and gets moderately astringent. Bubblegum flavor right away. Some spiciness is noted as well.
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of hey, lemon grass, coriander, wheat, citrus, lemon zest and noticeable hops. Pours a bright gold with a very thin white foam. Taste brings crisp malt, apple juice, caramel, vanilla, coriander, wheat, grains, Belgian yeast, funk, esters and crackers. Dry finish with noticeable hop presence and oils. Overall,a very unique brew with various flavors.
Luvystypotables (1180) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Probably the worst beer Iíve ever tasted from Stone. Aroma of gasoline with a hint of Belgian yeast and hops. Pours a pale straw color with a short lasting white well laced head. Taste of gasoline, hops and Belgian yeast with a dry feel light body and a chalky hops finish.
arnold931 (927) - Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with some white head. Nose is very Saison like. Banana, pepper and maybe a little eucalyptus. More orange and Belgian yeast in the taste. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Dry orange, mineral, yeast, touch of coriander and dry orange "syrup."
Flavor: Moderately concentrated orange, mineral, yeast, followed by a bitter hop and orange peel bite on the mid-palate and yeasty finish.
Comment: Well-integrated. This is a bit reminiscent of a S. French Viognier-like aroma and flavor and viscosity.
ryanfolty (2141) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 7, 2015 - bottle via trade. Cloudy darkish orange pour with nice amount of head that lasted for a bit. Aroma was strong citrus/orange, spice and yeast. Taste was more like a fruited saison than a hopped up belgian, which was a good thing for me and most likely a result of this being 7 years old almost to the day. Strong citrus in the flavor with spice and a faint bitterness and alcohol in the finish.
b3shine (6913) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks adnielsen). Looks good; a very hazy apricot with white head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and hoppy with notes citrus zest and Belgian yeast. The yeast doesnít dominate though, which is nice. Some caramel too. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable, and has withstood the test of time nicely.