adamah (212) - - APR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh wow, What a great complex beer! Chocolate and spice dominated the aroma. The beer poured a thick creamy black. The taste was very chocolatey and fruity but that gave way to the strong wood character and vanilla finish. A very satisfying beer.
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 22 oz Bottle -- Pure black with a tan head. Light aromas of raisins, along with large amounts of dark chocolate. There is an intriguing creamy banana component to the nose but unfortunately it does not transfer over into the flavor of the beer. Big bold coffee accompanied by vanilla, and dark chocolate. Citrus hops are noticeable but has relatively subdued bitterness for a Stone brew.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a red-tinged foam. It has the aroma of chocolate and sweet berries. The flavor is dry with berry flavors.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of íThe Dorkí. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a frothy creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, spices, banana, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavour of vanilla, dark chocolate, citrus and malts and yeast. Bitter and dry. Interesting flavor.
b79turner (207) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a black color with a slight reddish tint to the head. Small head melts away to a fair amount of lacing. Medium carbonation. Description is Belgian Strong Ale, but reminds me of a stout. The bitter maltiness is a bit much for me. I can taste the chocolate and fruit flavors. This is a very unique beer, just not my favorite of the Vertical Epic series
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Cola with ruby edges, almost opaque with thich tan head. Aroma of deep raost, carbon, sweet berries, dark chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A small bite on the tip of the tongue to start, woodsy hop bitterness. Develops into deep roast, carbon, dark bitter chocolate, very woody, bitter chocoate and toffee finish. Alcohol is peppery, but not overpowering.
kimjongill (203) - - 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. Iíd heard good things about this entry into the vertical series, but I have to say Iím not a fan after trying.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a pint of this at Binnyís in the South Loop in Chicago. Stone just started distributing in the city so Binnyís had some special brews on tap. I was really surprised to be served a dark beer after having the 08.08.08. I was under the impression that they were the same style but just different year. I was dead wrong. This came out a deep brown color with an imperial stout-like brown frothy head. The aromas consisted of a ton of roasted malt, some chocolate and sweet vanilla, and sweet dark dried fruit. The taste was an amazing mix of roasted malt, light chocolate, and some dark fruit. This was extremely easy to drink and hid the 8.5% very well. I kept wanting more after every sip. This was far superior to the 08.08.08! I am really happy that I had a chance to try this one! Stone - welcome to Chicago!
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black creamy light brown head. Smells of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a hint of citric hops. Full mouth feel, very coffee and chocolate like but with a distinctively lingering bitterness throughout. Not sure if the hoppy component is in balance with the roasted malt.
BazookaJoe (202) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and flavorful body with notes of caramel and chocolate.
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