SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early 2010.
**Appearance**: Orange in color and cloudy. It has a few slow-rising bubbles. Not much of a head, and it disappeared quickly leaving no laces.
**Nose**: Grapes, white wine and a slight vinegar briefly. Honey and citrus fruits like orange and tangerine. Maybe a tiny hint of pumpkin/yam.
**Mouthfeel**: Thin and dry. There’s some bite at at the end, which may be the carbonation.
**Taste**: Spices and pumpkin/yam-like flavors. A lot of wine grapes (which taste similar to pumpkin/yam to me) and not much else.
**Overall**: Definitely my least favorite so far. It’s not horrible, and I can tell that it’s a well made beer, it’s just not to my preferred style. I ended up dumping about a third of the bottle because I just wasn’t interested in drinking it any more.
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature and I didn’t notice anything that would seem to be ill effects from the temp. I don’t have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I can’t say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any different than this one.
MattiasA (362) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. Slightly acidic with green grape aromas some citrus and floral aromas as well. The grapes really make themselves know.
skoisirius (1442) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I’d had back in 2010, but just recently drank my last two bottles. Goddamn is this one brilliant beer. The accents of the wine grapes just fill everything in so nicely. Super stoked I drank them when I did, as I think they were almost ready to start their slow death.
kaser (2033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pour. Orange hazy color with white head. Sour taste. Weird fruity and bitter flavor. Can't appreciate this one but can't knock it. Unusual.
Hopswagger (179) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Clear golden body with active carbonation.
S: Clean, banana, bubblegum, floral, subtle spices, cirtus and white grapes.
T/M: Citrus hops, apricots, white grapes, acidic, zesty lime and lemon and yeast. Dry wine feel syrupy stickiness and tart puckering finish.
O: Similar to white wine with tart grapes and dry finish. Really nice and clean.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (754) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden pour with a white head. Aromas of wine and grape must with chamomile notes. Sweet malty flavor upfront with the grapes coming through nicely in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink, no trace of the abv. This was one of my favorites in the series, great brew! Props to StFun for the bottle!
pdx77 (945) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom. Obviously 2010 vintage. Deep golden color. Aroma of grape, Belgian candi sugar, and citrus. Taste is sweet wine grapes, candied citrus, light yeast, and pineapple juice. Nicely balanced, with some smoothing from the aging.
BOSSbrewer (1250) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Nice head. No lacing. Fruity and sweet. Slightly tart. Bitter finish.
Lilja (1318) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tack för hjälpen Daniel. Äppeljuicefärgad med ett litet skum. Stor fruktig doft av söta äpplen, aprikoser, söta jordgubbar och aningens jäst. Smaken är först söt, men stramas snart upp och övergår i en torrare, lite syrlig och lätt jästbesk eftersmak. I bryggningen används rågvete, ett hybridsädesslag som främst används för etanoltillverkning. Riktigt gott men kanske lite enkelspårigt.
ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised to find this on tap 1/9/14. Pours a hazy orange-golden color with light head. Aroma is full of sweet fruit (apricot) and grapes with Belgian yeast and some caramel toffee. Taste is slightly sweet with floral and spicy overtones. Finish has some tartness. Body is medium with slight carbonation. I hated to see this one finish.
HeadyDE (412) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pour 2nd installment in 09-12 tasting..quite light color compared to 09..has some vinous notes in the nose to coincide with the Belgian triple action..nose is slightly sweet with rum butter quality..good offering totally different than 09 to say the least..