shotgun1431 (125) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very dark, dark brew with a brown head. Aroma is of slight malt. The flavor is really complex with chocolate, malt and it is very smooth and drinkable. Very nice.
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a white head. Good aroma of coffee, vanilla, and some traditional Belgian aromas. Slight banana on the aftertaste. Strong heavy beer that has some burnt, woody characters with a good balance of hops. The first glass was rather heavy but started really enjoying it on the second glass. Great relaxing sipper, maybe with a nice cigar to finish it.
Keir (123) - 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!
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything I anticipate beer shall embody in a brew that is highly hyped up, this did not disappoint in the least.
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a good amount of tan head. The belgian character is readily evident in the nose, along with several varieties of fruits, a little chocolate, and some vanilla. This beer certainly improves as it warms, and the vanilla notes really enhance the chocolate. The tangerine is less present than some other flavors, but it is there. This is an excellent beer that will only improve with age.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown. Smells of malt. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt. Also has a very distinct alcohol taste as well. Great beer. Highly recommended.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown almost black, may even be black with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass. Smells like burnt coffee grounds, chocolate malt, dirty socks, and used dish water. Tastes kind of like it smells, burnt coffee, used dish water, and chocolate, leaves a milky feel in your mouth and the bitterness is in your face and lingering. I need a glass of water.
thekmoonlegend (115) - Lynn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this beer a few times. One of the most complex tastes I have had in awhile in a beer: sweet from the vanilla and the malts, but also hints of banana, really different but it works. Not too heavy, smooth with a nice clean finish. Great brew!
southamptonsam (114) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely tan head that looks Belgian on top of a stout body. Interesting hoppy chocolate nose. I don’t normally like food with my evening beer but this screamed for me to take some cheese from the fridge with a dab of mustard. I think it would go well with a variety of foods because it is so complex yet so well balanced. Very good beer. Best Vertical in years.
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours black with basically no head. aroma is of chocolate, raisins, malts and some black licorice. the taste didnt knock me over either and i was expecting it to from what i had heard about this. mostly coffee, and hops but it was bitter and peatmossy. i was super excited to have this and kinda let down. stone makes great stuff, but im sorry i cant classify this one as topping the charts.