adamah (214) - - 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.
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.
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 ’The Dork’. 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.
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.
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 Binny’s in the South Loop in Chicago. Stone just started distributing in the city so Binny’s 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.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Dark orange-brown with tan head
S: Cocoa, chocolate orange, dairy cream, roasty malt, banana, clove, peppery spices, aged oak, timid coffee and a pinch of cayenne.
T/M: Chocolate sheet cake, cocoa powder, chocolate orange, orchard fruit, hints of vanilla bean. Creamy but grainy feel in a full body with prickly carbonation. Smooth finish of chocolate and oak.
O: Huge chocolate base with varying types and a good oak aged flavor that developed nicely. Bold flavors and one to really enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good brew, a bit darker than that of years past. it has a little burntness but overalll a good beer. i have not been expecting much of these beers for the past couple of years cause they always seem to let me down. This is no exception