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.
paiste2002 (185) - 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!!!
Keir (180) - 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!
Bonster (180) - 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
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.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma and flavor mirror each other here. Too many flavors clashing with each other....yeast esters, citrus, chocolate, toastiness, oak, clove, molasses...etc. Too much going on, but it’s a young beer. They should wait to release beers like this for at least a year. The finish is watery thin and has a slight alcoholic burn. It’s just too young to be "balanced" or "all together". Some time would obviously do it well, but the body is still very thin (probably thanks to very active Belgian yeast). The ingredients in this beer were obviously framed for the "beer nerd" but it falls short for those of us that actually like to drink beer ready on release. I could only purchase 1 bottle and refuse to wait 1-3 years to drink it. Muddled at the moment.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark not the usual vertical epic.
Very earthy flavor very different.
This seems to need to want to sit for awhile, more than the others, but tasty now too.
some chocolate i suppose, this is not a belgian ale it seems. more like a porter or stout.
Guess i need to get a couple more and have at least one sit for a bit.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roasted malt comes thru in this one. Has an expresso quality that certainly packs a punch. Not as good as the 06 Epic but still nice. Good bitter finish with a thick mouthfeel