BcOneSeven (43) - Newville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
NOTE: I used the bar code reader and it came up 10.10.10, but this is actually 11.11.11! Iím not sure what hit me! Good start... Flavorful throughout... Short on hops for a Stone.... Not sure how to describe the finish... Pleasant aftertaste, but it feels like the room temp went up about 10 degrees! I recommend you try it at least once!
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JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dances on and tickles your tongue. Three white wine grapes makes it light and refreshing but still complex. Itís like a champagne. Itís a little foamy on the palate. Alcohol is masked by sugar which is actually nice with this style. Stone Vertical Epics are always unique and this is a nice changeup from the í09.
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed 12/14/12. Excellent blend of Belgian trippel and grapes infusion. Perfect carbonation throughout. Excellent beer.
aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a white head. The grapes come through in a big way, almost too much for me maybe. Almost tastes more like wine or a lager than an ale. Still excellent, as to be expected from stone. I would be interested to try the other years.
thepilferer (27) - walnut creek, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 from Arcata Co-op. Aroma fairly mild - grapes, especially the muscat is in front, typical belgian phenols and esters present, but towards the back, canít really detect the chamomile. Nice honey coloration, but no lacing and not much head. Very tasty, in an extremely unusual way: wine tannins, medium sweetness and, mildly sour and bitter. The palate is definitely a bit thin for such a high alcohol percentage beer. Still, very glad I tried this beer as it is one of the most unique ones Iíve ever tried, and while not my very favorite, Iíd strongly recommend anyone who likes white wine and beer to try this one.
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Collins Pub, Seattle. Light body for a triple. Floral, almost soapy. Leaves oily texture in mouth, lingering aftertaste.
Hophead1977 (14) - , Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours Dark Gold/Orange, with a very thin head. Aroma is complex...Chamomile, corriander, clovish. Has a definate white wine "nose" to it. Taste is very much Chamomile, with definate sweet white wine taste, but not overpowering. Lively, carbonation. I have unfortunately jumped on board the Vertical Epic bandwagon late in the game since it was so hard to get Stone stuff up to about two years ago here. So it is great that these beers are starting to filter their way into New England. Good Beer, but I would like to try some of the other years offerings.
bikeclj (13) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot in color with a full body. Crisp and fruity with apple. Aged well. Somewhat of a wine like taste. Overall malt don't look for hops.
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Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This looked like orange Hi-C with a thin white head. The aroma was quite nice-floral, candied yams, and a bit of a perfume I used to like when I was a pre-teen. I think the chamomile came through in the aroma but was far too subtle to come through with any flavor. There was a multi-layered yeast profile. No hops, but the beer was well balanced without them. I would like this again, especially as a springtime bev.
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 10, 2012 does not count
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. Thereís 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. Itís not horrible, and I can tell that itís a well made beer, itís just not to my preferred style. I ended up dumping about a third of the bottle because I just wasnít interested in drinking it any more.
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature and I didnít notice anything that would seem to be ill effects from the temp. I donít have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I canít say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any different than this one.