dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, rich, full of flavor...3 or so years might be the right amount to age this sort of strong ale. Lots of fruit, some roastyness, sweet dry finish.
DSG (4922) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Roasty aroma with lots of dark chocolate and light vanilla notes. Roasty flavor of chocolate, a bit of cocoa, coffee notes and light spicy and woody notes. Medium to full-bodied.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Rating #2900. Dark brown pour with a fizzy off-white head. Deep and slightly dank earthy aroma with some mild chocolate and lightly toasted malts. Some sweetness comes through more in the flavor. Mild chocolate with some spicy and fruity yeast. Smooth and sweet at the finish.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of bananas and other tropical fruits with some chocolate, coffee and a little espresso. The taste was slightly bitter with more chocolate, coffee, and a hint of the bananas with some spices. Very good.
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Proof. Pours a motor oil brown on tap with thin film that sticks to the glass. Aroma is earthy, bitter chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste follows, a bitter coffee finish that lasts a while. Good stuff, but not the best.
stevencon (387) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft and bottle. Black pour tan head. Chocolate and roasty aroma. Tastes like a stout with Belgian yeast. Ehh.
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.
Appearance: Pours a dark black opaque.
Aroma: Aroma orange, booze, faint chocolate.
Taste: Orange, vanilla, faint chocolate, faint oak.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: These VE beers keep getting fresher, what gives? A solid belgian ale, I believe I do have another in my collection so will try again and update further.
b3shine (4215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; a mostly opaque black with foamy beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and darm malt with hints of spices. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Another underwhelming Vertical Epic from Stone.
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great pitch black pour with brown head. from tap. Vanilla, chocolate, oak, and belgian yeast are very present aromas/flavors, but not sure if they mix well. I’d heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say I’m not a fan after trying.
kathouse (778) - Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a thick clingy foam. Caramel, chocolate, and toast on the nose. Good body with fine carbonation. Flavors of chocolate and dried red fruit last thru the finish.