BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tang-bronze color, little evident carbonation, and a ring of head. Musky and funky Belgian aromatic character with some skunk. Pepperiness toward the end. Likewise, quite funky tasting with warming phenols and a touch of black pepper or guinea pepper. Authentic old world Belgian quality. Would pair well with cheese, crusty bread, and mussels.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
everyone else’s pour may have been hazy but mine was clear & filtered as fuck with a spicy yeast nose showing notes of plump citrus. This was the continued theme in the flavors with the yeast taking bubblegum characteristics and the citrusy hops clash with this. The yeast, like most of the recent VE releases is too damn spicy and peppery and the peppery nature overshadows the citrusy hops. The ending is nastily peppery leaving unwanted flavors in my mouth.
LinusStick (3018) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A so so Belgian. Not bad, but there is no way this will stand up for 4 years. Aroma was average. Nice hoppiness with some apple. Pour was a nice medium gold with no bubbles but a one finger white head. Taste was a little thin. Apple, pear and and spices with little carbonation and an apple juice after taste. Very average.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just not very thrilled about this beer...not at all reminiscent of the style and alcohol heat dominate. 10 karat pour yields a dense 2-inch off-white foam. Aroma is mild banana, yeast, citrus, and spice. Flavor also celebrates banana and yeast; although the hops are definitely present, as well. Bitter and thin, with pungent alcohol present. Not bad but will hopefully hold up and mellow.
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is yeasty with banana and a hint of spicy. Color is a bright gold with just a slight haze, mellow carbonation and a thin head. Taste is sweet, spicy and bitter. Starting with a light/medium body it goes down crisp with a spicy feel. Finish jumps out at you with a bright citrus that is very peppery then a slightly sweet yeast taste with banana tones that is taken down by a bitter ending. In the after taste the bitterness grows leaving you with a bitter pepper taste. This is an odd Belgian Golden, the hops are a bit strong with the spicy pepper tones standing out a little too much. With this said, I do feel it is just what the brewers at Stone wanted it to be, but not something I want to have again.
Changed (400) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber, pour looks like urine, with almost no head, no matter the temperature (w-t-f mate?) Smell is sickly sweet, taste is along the same lines. Tastes pretty artificial... Easy to drink, but who cares when it doesn’t taste great?
These Vertical Epics are really changing my attitude towards the Stone Brewery. If they continue to make beers like this, they can count on going out of business. Luckily, these are just special editions.
My advice: stick to Russian Imperial Stout and the like.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy straw body, thin off-white head. Herbal nose with citrus rind. Bitter, grapefruity, rindy body with a peculiar bitterness, peppery and oily, with residual sugars. The upfront bitterness subdues the rest of the palate with unrestrained tannins. The harsh, hollow bitterness overwhelms any other elements in this beer. A big whiff.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well it finally has happened, A Stone release that just doesn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t figure out what this beer is trying to be, and I can’t help but feel that it’s really underdeveloped. At times this beer showed some promising qualities, but each time these got masked by the awkward bitterness and extremely dry qualities that simply overpower everything in it’s path. Pours a sparkling, golden color. A fading, swirling head coupled by spotty lacing. Mildly assertive hop aroma, I’m guessing Columbus and/or Cascades are involved due to the similarity of a recent home brewed Pale Ale of mine. The aroma is lightly floral and heavily vegetative with some sweetened cereal mixed in. Dry, and I mean extremely dry on the palate as well as overly bitter. Both of these create a distracting, lingering, stinging mouth feel. Aftertaste is soapy. Bold pine hop flavor. Fruity yeast adding notes of banana, and a spicy mustiness. The beer is very hot, high octane alcohol burn is unavoidable. Biscuits with some candied sugar. The hop bitterness is overdone and there is not enough malt flavors to back it up. Good thing I paid the price of most standard Stone offerings instead of the going rate for this one.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Appley malt and bubblegum ester meet a floral and citric hop character in the aroma. Candied citrus hop flavors dominate up front. Sugarly apple juice malt character peer through. Tinges of phenolic spice mark transition to the finish. Vestiges of hops combine with bubblegum and dusty yeast characters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying and hot.
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich white head that laces and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus hops, some mange, coriander/pepper, medium malt-bready. Taste has a lot going on. Perfumy/spice/citrus hops-somewhat bitter, spice-too much, black pepper (which dominates and detracts), some medium malt/grainy, yeast. Dry. OK for sipping. Some alcohol comes through. Thanksjwc215 for picking this out.