mwa423 (10) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first Vertical Epic, and I must say I’m going back to the store to buy a case or more of it! It pours a clear golden with about a one inch head that dies down to a nice lacing.
The smell is fantastic with plenty of citrus, hops and other things I can’t quite place.
I greatly enjoy the taste, it almost tastes like a hybrid between an Belgian and an IPA. Plenty of hop bite but not at all overwhelming. I couldn’t taste anything that would suggest the extremely high ABV.
Palate is fantastic, goes down very smoothly, especially considering the high abv. The finish is very dry and makes your mouth water for the next sip.
Overall, this is exceptionally good beer. The taste profile is exceptionally complex and excellent, the very high ABV will get you in a good mood after one bottle and yet you can’t taste it at all.
thebarista (5) - USA - SEP 9, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nicely and has a beautiful color. It is complex enough to spark an interest yet smooth enough not to offend. Very pleased with the experience and developed a little love affair afterward.
scotts66 (4) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I donít typically like Golden Belgian style ales but I like this one. Nine month tasting was even better. Should age well.
ipwnyou (3) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. poured into mug. Pour is light hazy copper with thick frothy head. Aromas of bannanas, citrus, and spices. Flavor is all much of the same. This is the only brew that I have not liked from Stone.
KBoudreau66 (3) - Natick, USA - JAN 23, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank from a 22 oz and poured into a snifter. Has a dark yellow honey color with a decent foamy head almost reminds me of a pilsner because of the color and carbonation. I got the smell of fruit, slight pine and even slighter alcohol. plan on buying a couple more bottles to drink and a few more to save for 2012
stageseven (3) - Bear, Delaware, USA - FEB 13, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured slightly hazy amber with almost no head. Smelled of spice, banana, hay, and alcohol. Tasted sweet, slightly medicinal, grassy, not strongly bitter but harsh. Overly carbonated, thin, and dry. Definitely needs to age.
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
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.
ctvinson (2) - , Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
it was pretty good. better than the previous ones. makes a cool gift. they wouldn’t let me type the minimal amount so i’m supposed to say something about how malty or hopppy it was blah blah blah
bpbigb (2) - , California, USA - OCT 21, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I enjoyed this one. It had a great flavor and had a nice finish. I will definatley drink this one again.
2Below (1) - , Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle from local retailer. Pours gold with medium head and slightly cloudy. Initial taste is very spicy - nutmeg and clove. Quite hoppy as well. WOW is all I can say. Was going to save some for my wife but...