stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opening - good carbonation pop.
Nose upon opening - phenolic, spicyness (yeast derived)
Color -light straw, white head that fades after 30-50 seconds
Taste/Flavor - phenolic, bitterness is more pronounced than most strong ales we have here (yes they are more bitter in Belgium when they are fresh) Spicy, Malty Alchohols are present, but seemingly subdude by the phenols. A little too sharp and astringent in the finish for me. Yeast character remains in the finish. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. Overall Its a nice drinkable beer that I think would pair very well with some Morbier cheese and some ripe pears. It does not seem to be very cohesive (possibly time) with regard to all of the flavors. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I would buy again though...
djd07 (3502) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, banana. Medium mouthfeel with nice resin, light spice, vanilla, oak, very good.
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my cellar
Slightly hazy orange body with a small, fleeting white head.
Fruity, candy aroma.
The flavor is slightly sweet on the front with some dryness as it moves into the finish.
OK, nothing bad, nothing outstanding.
AirForceHops (3132) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with Skyview, thanks for the opportunity! This was the only vintage I was missing after The Lord Hobo 12-12-12 event. Color displayed is hazy orange amber color still a sold amount of carbonation. The hiss after popping the cap made me smile knowing this was going to fine. Aroma is all fruity notes of Belgian yeast. Old ripe mango, peach and light musty basement.
Flavor has the yeast taking over the majority of the flavor. Orange zest, light peach and hints of pepper up front. The pale malt base doesn’t show much oxidation, light tone of cardboard. But it doesn’t kill the overall flavors. The finish has a citrus zest that is found in the beginning of the sip, no bitterness at this point. No alcohol taste anywhere.Overall I was surprised how well this held up to the test of time. It truly speaks well of the series.
alobar (2765) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light orange color with a soapy white head. Good lacing. Aroma of tangerine, apple, Belgian yeast, and clove. Citrus fruit flavor with tangerine and some banana, pepper, and spice combine for a complex and very tasty brew. Wish I had more than one bottle.
merc7186 (2053) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Belgian Yeast, Spicy, Citrus Zest
Appearance: Golden Straw/Amber Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Belgian Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Spicy
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
Dfonorow (1420) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy golden with no head. Aroma is caramel malts, light fruit, and pale malts. Flavor brings out more of the belgian qualities - yeast, banana, cloves, cane sugar, and grapefruit.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I get the hops here on the front side, and that’s impressive on account of the age of this bottle. There’s some pepper there, too. Golden, nice Belgian senses though not the best that Stone brews. Bottle.
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, just opened. Taste a touch on the watery side but overall superior. Pours hazy dark amber with great head and lacing. Smells of tangerine and some hay-like musk. Taste slightly bitter and sour. Some peel like astringency. Bottle thanks to Boutip.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Clear pale golden body with a thin layer of white head that leaves delicate lacing.
S: Citrus hops, honeydew, ginger, light banana phenols, spices, pippali pepper sprinkled on honey, and lemon zest.
T/M: Dirty earthy taste. White grapes, bitter apple peels, pippali pepper, pears, powdery yeast and a more vibrant flavor than the others in the series. The fresh ness really shines. Dry crisp full body with good carbonation and a clean finish of fruit rind bitterness.
O: The amarilo hop character was surprisingly vibrant and brilliantly aged. The intense flavors offered a nicely developed golden ale. Very nice and great drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden pour with a small white head. Doughy yeast aromas. Sweet malty flavor with some subtle spice character on the palate. Notes of clove and banana add a nice complexity to this one. Very drinkable. Props to StFun and Sloth for this one!