Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly thick, dark pour. Aroma of clove, banana, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolate. Itís been awhile since I had Serpents stout, but this reminds me of it somewhat. Big, long alcohol burn. Kind of a mish mash of flavors, but this aint bad. This should age well.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured out dark and heavy with a thick frothy mocha colored head that was about an inch thick. smells of citrus, roated malts and chocolate. full bodied and thick and it was awsome on the palate. lacing around the glass. the aftertaste was very suttle and not overpowering and finished very smooth. great brew, and i am cellaring another one for a few years.
BuckeyeSammy (531) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really a Belgian stout.. A ton a cocoa, full carbonation an a thin orange beige head. Thinner palate without much of a hoppy palate as I would have expected after tasting previous years.
Panzuriel (1258) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black coffee rich brown with a healthy tan head of medium bubbles. Nose is medium dry. A bit of roast and hops. Taste is medium bitters with a good amount of hop zing. moderate roast. Full and fluid mouthfeel. Good finish, nice bitters warming on the end.
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This opaque black beer poured with a massive tan head and a chocolate and plum aroma. The flavor is chocolate and vanilla with a bit of spice and sourness. Itís fairly complex and quite tasty.
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this one. Hershey syrup colored pour with a meringue-like tan head that peeks out above the glass. Aroma is of cocoa, roasted malt, and vanilla. Lots of charred malt accompanied by dark chocolate, and biscuit. Medium mouthfeel makes this highly drinkable. Yum. It will be interesting when it has some age on it. Will it hold up???
WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On 9-9-09 Stone brewery released the eighth edition of their Vertical Epic Series exactly 1 year, 1 month and 1 day from the previous years release. These beers are built and designed to be aged until sometime after 12-12-2012, but good luck keeping your hands off of it. This years release is a Belgium style ale brewed with spices and is in fact a complex and layered beer. This beer pours toasty brown color with a creamy caramel colored head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate and citrus leap out of the glass and make the first sip intriguing. Smooth chocolate malts meld well with the Belgium yeast giving it slight banana flavor and hints of baking spice. The addition of tangerine peel balances the palate with notes citrus. The finish is smooth and lingering with additional flavors of vanilla and toasty french oak.
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours dark brown with lathery, thick tan head that looks like itís built to last. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, a slight hint of vanilla and perhaps some elements of anise and citrus. First taste is full, dark, roasty malts, followed by a chocolate flare, then transitioning to something akin to root beer (anise?) before finishing with a carbonated citrusy-sweet, but still smooth and balanced, finish. Everything is well distributed here, and the alcohol burn is slight and only at the very end as it gets to its ultimate destination. This is a fine beer. In fact, for my money, one of the more balanced Stone products I have tasted in some time. Wish they did more like this one, and a little less of the somewhat tiresome Arrogant Bastard style...
Drake (7955) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is very roasty with hints of smoke, caramel, chocolate and light citrus and other fruits. Tastes is strong dark chocolate and banana with other tropical fruits, citrus, leafy hops, smoke, vanilla and faint wood notes. Very smooth with a faint but lingering hop burn. Full bodied. Nice beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown in color Tall slightly creamy looking aged canvas colored head. Fairly light aromas, with dark chocolate, ash, grassy to herbal hops and dark coffee. Smooth light feel. Initial sweet malt, mocha, and bit of orange juice is rather quickly displaced. MIddle is again citric, but the dark roast malt, and dark chocolate (with vanilla) come in and gradually take over. Spices noted in the finish as the acidity continues to rise. The start to finish in the brew reminds me of a pot of coffee as it seems to get more charred and bitter the long the pot sets on the burner. LInger is long and has charred malt and wood. Acidity keeps this one light on the palate, but adds to the burnt edges. Not sure how or if this one can improve, especially since I do not since a big malt depth to this one.