boto (1797) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle: I was surprised I hadnít recorded this one earlier. This one pours a dark, inky brown color. There was a bit of a light brown head on it that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. This has a very nice nose to it. Chocolate, vanilla, yeast, spices, perhaps some orange and a hint of coffee. The taste is very good. Rich and full, with actually a touch of bitterness on top of all those malts. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, some spiciness, citrus. An excellent combination.
CardsFan25 (51) - - DEC 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great way to finish my first session at the "World of Beer." Dark with a smooth aftertaste...i canít wait until next yearís shopping trip!
rbrazell (1415) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Willís Pub. Deep brown pour with a creamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, Belgian yeasts, and dreamsicle ice cream. Smooth body with flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, orange peels, with touches of yeast spices. Medium body, rounded out and refined. No trace of alcohol. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bomber pours almost black in color with a 2 finger light tan head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate with some roasted grains and hints of vanilla and some spice. Taste is chocolate malty sweetness with a citrusy and light roasted grain bitterness with some vanilla and spices in there as well. A very well balanced brew which leaves a pleasant sensation on the palate. Would love to try more beers in this series.
cheap (3750) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James Ė the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy Ė the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 Ė for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasnít a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun Ė IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE Iíve ever head, heheh. There Ė you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.
Tinco (518) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with small mocha head. Aroma is toasted caramel, chocolate, sweet toffee, vanilla, oaky, sweet stout. Taste is milk chocolate, toasty coffee, nice sugary note, belgian, spicy chocolate. Tasty!
kramer (4573) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly opaque dark brown body with a nice frothy beige head that had really nice retention. The nose is pretty great, lots of dark fruits, some sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and nice roast with an underlying sweetness. Flavor wise, itís still pretty sturdy, a little less sweetness than I expected. The chocolate and roast are still going strong, but the vanilla isnít all that noticeable at this point. A slight woodiness on the finish along with a fairly prominent alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with a clingy stickiness on the back end. Nice light fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, even with the age on it. Easily drinkable.
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in color. Mocha color head. Two fingers thick.Coffee aroma with some chocolate finish. Creamy texture withbal mouthful feeling. There is a hint of chocolate. Caramel aroma sneaks out on the end. By far the best vertical epic thus far. Yummy. I love the darker beer. Glad they changed the style.
Ron (2316) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Tap and Malletís Stone flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours dark dark black tan brown head good head. aroma boozy, chocolate honey, brown sugar, sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins,vanilla, oak, vanilla. Taste raisins, dark fruit, roast, coffee, chocolate, sweet malt, honey. Porter like. Medium, to full body mild carb. Overall a very tasty strong well balanced good stuff.
deekyn (991) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
999 - A pours dark opaque cola brown with tiny bubbled low tan head. No lacing. S - very grainy/dog food up front. Notes of rich brown sugar, molasses, candied sugar. Hints of wood, nuttiness, coffee, chalky chocolate. Banana bread. M - tangy full bodied, rich palate. Quick ending. T - rich molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, espresso, moves to a rich chocolate, oak. Fruity notes, tangerine and apples, chalky, malty. O - pretty good porter. Too sweet. 3.6
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