Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a brown head and lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and belgian yeast. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, yeast and hops.
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beers I have had. Yes a bold chocolate / vanilla flavor that compliments each other soo well. exceptionally well balanced.
Palidor19 (3127) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
rich deep cocoa malts, strong on the coffee with an espresso feeling.
mouth feel feels lively. a toasted flavor with vanilla.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at three floyds... Pours close to black with a medium frothy light beige head... Dusty chocolate aroma with citrus hop notes and even a little yeast... Chocolate and less intense roasted notes with citrus hops and mild bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. Better than decent mouthfeel with a nice fluffy yahoo.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown/black, roasted malts, chocolate, spice, little wood, little dark fruits, slight coffee.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a dark brown color with a small off white head. aroma is nice chocolate with some dark fruit aromas as well as some vanillia. Taste is smokey with lots of oak, chocolate, and vanillia. Burnt coffee and some real mild hops. Pretty good.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark opaque brown with a thick dense biege head. The nose is chocolate with saw dust. A bit of a raisin note with some peppery clovish character. I think a catch a bit of spruce or mint as well. A lot more chocolate flavor with quite a bit of heat. Full body and dry in the finish. Pretty tasty.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black pour with a small light brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee aromas. Flavor is exceptionally smooth with a little fruit, malt, and coffee coming through. Not as sweet as I thought it would be (hops?) and the alcohol is well hidden.
shigadeyo (3569) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/09/2009: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09... Aroma: Boozy chocolate, licorice, and char. Appearance: Opaque, chocolaty brown color; large foamy brown head, reverse cascading effect. Flavor: Intensely sharp dark fruits with undertones of chocolate and banana; quite metallic; spicy; dry, roasty and some tobacco, overly bitter, weird finish. Palate: Medium-full, velvety smooth. Overall: WTF? This is one strange brew. Smells okay, but tastes really strange. I think it needs a bit of time to meld or something... I don’t care for this beer that much at all! It is quite a disaster and doesn’t really work.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 8.9% Alc/Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at redlight. This smells more like a porter to me than a strong. Maybe a little too much hops to be a porter, but still. Very roasty chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Really like this!