b3shine (5825) - Indiana, 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 (1106) - 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.
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great brew chocolate notes from a dark mahogany colored beverage. Slight hop nose and taste balance a maltiness that would be pronounced otherwise. Very complex and balanced. Very good over all.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and thick, fizzy tan head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, light ash, raisins, plums, light floral hops, and light oak. Flavor is roast malt forward with heavy dark fruit esters, light caramel, ash, and light booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Huhzubendah (2656) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer is near black with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers licorice, molasses, light spice. Smells ok. A touch of dark roast. Mild sweetness with a sturdy malt backbone. Medium bodied with a touch of chocolate. Pretty good.
DrSilverworm (6944) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, shared with Greg. Very dark color, near black. Thin light brown head. Good bigger dark fruit, big dark spice. Bitter and spicy taste. Bigger body, light but noticeable carbonation, with a good crisp character. Much better than expected.. One of the better ones from the series, for me.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Max’s.
Near black pour with an off-white head. Nose of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and orange. The vanilla comes through as well as chocolate and citrus. Tasty.
artmcd8 (1783) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill
Tasted a 3 year old beer for the first time. Vanilla an malt. Mellow flavor after 3 years.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BucannonXC5 (932) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From: Ciro’s Pizza
Poured a black color with two fingers (when I got it) of tan head. Below average lacing on the sides, good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled sour fruit, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, earthy red wine, raspberries and toffee.
Tasted similar to the nose, bourbon, tobacco, earthy red wine, raspberries and chocolate.
Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer for sure. I would be like to try another and see if my ratings differ.