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.
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.
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.
southamptonsam (116) - 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.
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!
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.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I love Stone as much as the next guy, but I did not enjoy this beer and I was so looking forward to it. We were pairing it up with some smores on a trip to a cabin and I thought it would be wonderful. I picked up on the notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of citrus from the peel, but I found it to be chalky and dry. I trust Stone and I’m giving them the benefit of doubt. They say not to drink it until 12-12-2012, so I’ll get another bottle and hold on to it and re-rate it in a few years
Em (102) - USA - APR 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark in color. Brown head. Very strong vanilla after taste and smell.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with no head and a smoke and berries in the aroma. Dark chocolate androasted malt flavor with a big lingering citrus finish.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, accompanied by a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely prominent--the smell of alcohol is predominant, mingled with orange and chocolate. There is also some tannin present, a faint aroma of wine and grape. The taste is dense and complex, but opens up as you work through the beer and as it warms up. Alcohol dominates, but chocolate malts are discernible. Fruit and some spice is present and becomes more so. There is a roasted flavor in the aftertaste, but it gradually diminishes. Make no mistake, this is a strong ale, not a stout. But stout and porter lovers will find much to appreciate here. Mouthfeel is kind of average in comparison to the aroma and flavor. Slightly thick, and with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Does’t detract from the experience, but doesn’t add much. In sum, an excellent beer that lives up to the desciption. Orange and chocolate are the leading flavors, and lovers of fine liquor or red wine will find much to like, too.