danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM into be Stone VE glass. The appearance is a beautiful golden brown with a small disappearing white head. The aromas out of the bottle are full of Gewurztraminer and Muscat grapes, out of the glass the Belgium yeast leads to a very bready nose. The flavors start with a very Belgium flavor, buttery biscuit, and light spices. The vinous grapes characters is not as forward are expected the Belgium profile is first and the desert wine second but tasty. You get some of the vine earthy characters. The mouth is medium to full bodied. Nice brew. I love the SoCal mix with the Temecula grapes.The alcohol is a little too strong at this point but that should mellow out. Another nice offering for the VE but still a Belgium Style which isnít my favorite.
Re-tasted on 4/21/11 without overly great notes but the grape profile is coming forward a lot more and more melded together. The yeast is settling out more too. A crisp and creamy mouth a this point.
Slipstream (2348) - USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 An ale brewed with wine grapes. Hmmm.... I liked Stoneís wine barrel-aged recent special release. Lovely, lambent orange pour. Sweet, winey, floral aroma that is very nice, nicer than most wines for sure. Now for the flavor. It reminds me of some of Dogfish Headís vinous releases. They did not forget to add hops to this. The taste is complex, with a mixture of bitter, sour, and sweet elements that makes me think of cranberries. There is a little too much going on in the flavor. If white wine and beer were an awesome combination, somebody would have discovered it already. Good, but not great.
BOLTZ7555 (3003) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting use of ingredients that unfortunately donít help the flavor or complexity of the beer itself. 14 karat body produces a 1/4 inch ivory head that left some lacing. Extremely sugary, floral aroma with some orangepeel accompanying grapejuice. Again, flavor is quite sweet with a subtle peppery spice lingering on the palate. Medium
mouthfeel. Canít imagine this one getting better or adding collected with age.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bomber. 10.10.10. pours a bright orange with a slim white head. white grape and Belgian candi sugar nose with a thin layer of yeast. medium round body with more grape notes... very sweet throughout. vinous finish with the Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming through the most. slight tartness and dry on the back.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet honey orange and white grape aroma and taste with some nice herbal notes and some pepper flavors to the finish.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours is orangey gold with medium thin white head and slight cloudiness. Aroma is fragrant with touch of herbs and white grapes but also with subtle leathery quality. Some herbal hops (noble origin I think?). Flavor is malty sweet up front with an interesting fruitiness and hints of Belgian esters. Dry and bitter, but neutral, hop character. Finishes dry and hoppy with a hint of lingering wihte grape fruitiness. Mouthfeel is pleasant, full bodied, with suds to lighten/soften it. Velvety and slippery texture. Overall, delicious.
LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Flavor is also heavily spiced, with Belgian yeast and corn malt. Itís not a terribly flavorful beer but itís decent enough to drink. I didnít get any of the wine/grape flavors as described. Anyway, an ok beer but not something Iíd be crazy to try again in a couple of years...
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, grapes, bread and spicy hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, caramel, faint floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Very handsome pour, a deep burnished gold getting close to the copper end of the spectrum. Crisp carbonation, thinnish head, but that seems appropriate for the style. Digging the nose, which suggests a dry-hopped beer with some substantial candi malts and floral additions. The grapes are faintly present in the nose, and the subtlety is appreciated. Problem is, it tastes like a wreck. Muscat grapes clash mightily with the hops and flowers, rendered dank by the sweet malts. I sincerely hope that ageing does this beer some good, but I wonder.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, light, gold with a thick, bubbly, white head and light trickles of lace. aroma is very nice with sweet belgian yeast, light spice notes of coriander and lavender, and oakey, white wine notes with hints pf peach and floral esters. flavor is great with the sweet yet slightly tart white grape and oakey wine notes coming through early backed by notes of pear juice, clove, and juicy-fruit gum with a light, dry, grassy note on the finish. palate is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a light, dry finish. overall, another tast addition to the vertical epic series.