kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal clear pale golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is mostly yeast of banana, clove, and pepper. Flavor is much of the same but has a nice balance with the fruity and spicy hops. This is a very, very good beer. Extremely well balanced, smooth on the palate then finishes bitter and slightly dry. This is by far the b est Belgian Strong I’ve had.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours hazy pale gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma is straight up peppery hops, some mango makes it’s way through, as well as slightly funky barnyard. Flavor isn’t in-your-face or extreme at all, especially considering Stone’s fondness for hops (which I’m not ragging on at all). Instead it’s a very well blended quite Belgian tasting creation that is moderately hopped. Citrusy fruits, a bit of caramel-like sweetness, Belgian yeast, and lots of pepper and clove are nicely balanced together. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, and the finish is really dry. The more I drink of this, the more I like it.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got at McScrooges on N. Peters Road. in 08. Personally aged till 1/Jan/2013. I was a patient one.
Amber. Medium beige head. Aroma: Pine hops, spices, sweet malts. Very nice. Flavor: Caramel, Spices, Pine Hops. Sweet, dry malty finish. Very complex, more than my words state. I know this sounds funky but this beer gave me the most tasty burb I ever had with a beer. I had to include it with the pallet rating. Stone beers are known for strong hops but this one was more balanced yet still held the "Devils Attitude". If you didn’t like this, you didn’t age this beer correctly. Stop giving low ratings when it is your own fault, not the beers fault!
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit sweet for my taste and I hate to pan anything by Stone Brewery but this missed the mark for me. Too sweet for my palate.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A spicy hop nose with some lingering light fruits. Flavor is a massive dose of the freshest american hops ive had, mango fruit, spices. Its like they put together a class A belgian, and an IIPA, and you get this orgasm of a beer. I think the Westy 8 just got an american ass kicking. What can i say, the gargoyle does his job well.
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!
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light golden color with a white foam. Aroma is fruity with hints of spice. Flavor is light and clean. Goes down almost too easy. Would like to try again.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very clear and very light, pale straw color. About a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of strictly citrusy American hops (amarillo and simcoe I think). Taste is very interesting. A classic American IPA meets Duvel. Lots of Belgian spice and character cut through the resiny hops in a very interesting and pleasant way. Well done.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold with a no head whatsoever. Aroma is an odd hoppy, banana-like, yeasty aroma with an odd touch of alcohol and skunkiness. Flavor is something interesting. Sweet malt with yeasty hop something. It finishes really dry though and is unbelievably smooth and oddly tasty. Enjoy this beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber->tulip (early tasting): Pours an average, frothy, white, but diminishing head atop a hazy, lightly cloudy orange body. Malt is represented by caramel, hops by flowers and perfume and yeast by must. The body is full, the texture is thick, carbonation lively, and finish bitter. Flavor’s duration is long, moderately sweet, and lightly bitter--a good beer, but one to be enjoyed in small amounts due to its full bodied and filling nature.