Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather faint aroma which contains hints of dark roast malts. Looks pretty damn good though. Dark black with a thick brown head. Flavor is a roasted malts, some coffee, and a moderate dark chocolate bitterness. Pretty good.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, roasted coffee and hops. Taste dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and yeast with dry to bitter finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours an extremely dark, slightly translucent mahogany color with a small, foamy, khaki colored head. Spotty, splotchy lacing marks the glass. The nose is complex as can be, starting out with roasty cocoa and coffee notes, followed by piney hops, licorice, burnt grain, and dark fruit. Flavors are just as perplexing, roasty and coffee driven, with darkly burnt barley, staunch pine hops, and hints of lactic yeast. The palate is big and creamy, smoothly carbonated and semi-dry on the finish. Pretty solid brew.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Ethan. Meh all the way. Whats the deal with this beer? No idea what they are going for and I don’t even taste any Belgian yeast. Kind of sucks, sad to say. Kevin (below) says it best: It tastes like disappointment.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lot of roasted and chocolate aromas. Very dark black coloring. Not as heavy on the palate as most Stone beers or as most Belgian strong ales can be. The alcohol sneaks up on you. Very complex with some softening wine notes.
StefanSD (1989) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Henry’s market. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma is rich with Belgian yeasts, dark roasted malts and some earthy notes. The flavor consists of Belgian Dubbel style yeast with dark roast coffee, hops, vanilla, spices and dark biter chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long and biter. Overall: A very tasty Belgian ale, well done Stone. This is perhaps my favorite Vertical Epic beer to date.
Tmoney99 (9969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Party Source on 09/09/09.
Poured clear dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted nutty malt, chocolate and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
Good brew that may need some age to balance.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown almost black, may even be black with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass. Smells like burnt coffee grounds, chocolate malt, dirty socks, and used dish water. Tastes kind of like it smells, burnt coffee, used dish water, and chocolate, leaves a milky feel in your mouth and the bitterness is in your face and lingering. I need a glass of water.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a gigantic chocolate milk colored head that leaves 2 inches of lacing..The beer beneath is dark brown or black, i can’t tell in this light. The nose is a hodgepodge of both banana-like belgian yeast esters, but also a lot of roasted nuts, powdered cocoa, plastic, dust, must, and a faint whisper of grape juice. So far, nothing too bad...the nose is a little weird, but enjoyable to some level...the appearance is very nice though. Now the fun begins: hmmm? Chocolate and nuts blended with banana yeast esters, and a pepperidge farms orange milano-like finish with a touch of bitterness resembling unedible flowers. Its got a mouthfeel that covers the mouth and keeps the flavors in balance but for some reason i see it getting pretty thin in a short period of aging, not sure why. Some alcohol heat creeps in in the finish. Very, uh...interesting, though it’s a little confused and muddled and, well...confused...I’m not sure if this is the same yeast they’ve used in the past because its a bit less harsh in its estery spiciness, but its still quite evident in the flavor and is a weird mix with the chocolate and nuts.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber on 09/09/09... couldn’t resist drinking this on this day... pours a dark black with a huge 3 finger tan head... a beauty.... nice aroma filled with spice, banana, big roasted chocolate malts and a touch of orange. the Belgian yeast comes through from the nose to the finish.... really nice blend between the roasted malts and the yeast bringing lighter fruit elements forward... while keeping the big roasted malt character intact. medium body throughout with some spice up front with a bit of vanilla while the back is dominated by the chocolate malt... big citrus notes on the finish... my favorite Vertical Epic Ale in the past 3 years... for those of you who don’t like it - you can send me your other bottles.