WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On 9-9-09 Stone brewery released the eighth edition of their Vertical Epic Series exactly 1 year, 1 month and 1 day from the previous years release. These beers are built and designed to be aged until sometime after 12-12-2012, but good luck keeping your hands off of it. This years release is a Belgium style ale brewed with spices and is in fact a complex and layered beer. This beer pours toasty brown color with a creamy caramel colored head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate and citrus leap out of the glass and make the first sip intriguing. Smooth chocolate malts meld well with the Belgium yeast giving it slight banana flavor and hints of baking spice. The addition of tangerine peel balances the palate with notes citrus. The finish is smooth and lingering with additional flavors of vanilla and toasty french oak.
Lakes (18) - post falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had some out of a 22oz bottle at a beer tasting.
Beer has existed for a very long time so maybe there’s a reason for some (not all) of the established styles. Maybe there’s good reason that there are no (or precious few) Belgian spiced Porters. I found this beer to be just a bit “off”. There was just something about it that tasted and smelled incorrect. I was truly looking forward to it but it failed to deliver. I think the combination of the darker roasted malts with the Belgian yeast just didn’t mesh. I also question the logic behind pairing tangerine with vanilla, though either were barely noticeable. Stone makes some excellent beers. The 07/07/07 and the 08/08/08 are amoung my favorites. This one may become one of them with age but right now I don’t think it measures up.
CaptainTitus (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the first Vertical Epic that I have had the pleasure of tasting and I will say that from the first sip i knew this would be one of my favorite beers. I purchased this beer on a whim one day at my local beer store and could not believe how thick and complex, yet smooth and crisp it was. You are instantly able to taste all different kinds of spice notes in the beer and the pour is a beautiful dark body with an off-white head that sits like a crown at the top of your glass. Although it may resemble a heavy stout in appearance, the Vertical Epic 09’ is much lighter than it seems yet this does not take away at all from the flavor of the beer. This beer has brought me into the cult of the Vertical Epic and I can’t wait for the next one to come out from Stone.
Someister (17) - USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like alcohol, rotten fruit, chocolate, and light notes of coffee. I don’t get any of the tangerine or vanilla. Palate is thick, spicy, and slick due to the oak aging. High amounts of yeast character but finishes like a stout. Complex is a great word in describing this brew.
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is what I live for! Pours like a dark brown syrup with a medium tan head. Vanilla beans and banana spice all carried by the chocolate malts. Yeasty and spicy with the sweetness balanced by the bread and banana with no hops spared. Slight citrus notes can be found deep below the chocolate and vanilla. This is truly a special brew. Can’t wait to open the next one in 2012!
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cracked this open last night. 22oz bottle was laying around for about a month. Had quite the Belgian aroma. Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and a bit of Belgian yeast. Poured very dark with a light brown head. Finish was pretty dry. Overall not one of my favorite beers, but I saw potential with aging it.
bikeclj (15) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great brew chocolate notes from a dark mahogany colored beverage. Slight hop nose and taste balance a maltiness that would be pronounced otherwise. Very complex and balanced. Very good over all.
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mexicelt (14) - - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smoky malt aroma with chocolate scents. Slight fermentation since bottle is three years old. Deep dark color. No light shines through. Thick four finger head with good lacing and decent retention. Coffee,smokey malt flavors followed by strong chocolate flavors. Flavors linger on palate for about 90 seconds. Excellent flavor and good thick body that is expected from this style of brew. Excellent brew. Try it if you can find it.
SamsonAle (13) - Novelty, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a case of this on the recommendation of my distributor. It was his last one and I was glad I did.
I don’t have a great nose, but the aroma came through rich and malty with citrus. The color and palate are superb with a nice head. The flavors complex and hearty. With the chocolate malts and the vanilla really coming through. No heavy alcohol taste. A very special and pleasant beer.
captaink (10) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with toffee milkshake head. Aroma on this is really great and interesting. Dark plum, banana, belgian aroma with roasted malt backbone. Tastes like a belgian style porter for whatever that’s worth. Good & good unique offering from stone.