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
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very, very dark with dark brown head. Aroma of melting caramel/coffee. Silky texture with not too much bitterness. Mouthfeel is very rich and full.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into goblet. Deep brown with a large tan head. Aroma is yeasty banana, some citrus, and light chocolate. Lots of cocoa and chocolate along with wood, banana, grape and orange peel fruitiness. Strong roasted and burnt/bitter component that is initially pretty rough but mellows out. Full and creamy palate. An oddball mix of flavors that are mostly enjoyable. Curious to see how this one does with some age on it.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very dark and thick and rich looking with a full foamy tan head. Vanilla bean and orange/tangerine notes in the aroma.
Vanilla and tangerine are easily detected in this yummy brew and they combine nicely together. In addition, woody oak flavor, roasted malts and chocolate notes detected. Medium bodied, very well carbonated. Perhaps my favorite in the series so far, along with the 05.05.05. Picked up a few bottles, but the beer works really well right now. Would pair nicely with a grilled steak or pork chops.
Sparf (187) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Halvstor doft av choklad, kaffe och mörkt rågbröd. Lite metallisk och hård arom med inslag av melass.
Svart brygd med lätt oljig textur. Kort mockafärgat skum med en kvardröjande hinna.
Smaken domineras av choklad och kaffe, har en lätt syrlig efterklang där en söt, välrostad malt med tydlig salmiaken växer fram.
Eftersmaken är milt besk och förvånansvärt kort.
paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as night with a smallish tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is huge chocolate, coffee, with a touch of citrus. Finish is oaky vanilla bean. This in bourbon barrels for 6 months, OMG! Great brew!!!
Bonster (181) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Black pour sits under a creamy cappuccino colored head. Subdued aroma is mainly chocolate malt with a touch of vanilla and citrus hops. Upfront the flavor is chocolate and vanilla followed by toasted malty molasses, coffee, and spice. As the beer warms spice and citrus presence kicks it up a notch. Warming alcohol in the finish. Yummo
Keir (181) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.16.09 bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head and minor lacing. Aroma of coffee, toffee, burnt toast, malty, sweet. Tastes heavy coffee, toffee, bitter, spice, pepper, hint of fruitiness, coriander, nutmeg. Very nice!
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured out dark and heavy with a thick frothy mocha colored head that was about an inch thick. smells of citrus, roated malts and chocolate. full bodied and thick and it was awsome on the palate. lacing around the glass. the aftertaste was very suttle and not overpowering and finished very smooth. great brew, and i am cellaring another one for a few years.