pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at stone... Pours a reddish caramel toffee pour, somewhat transparent and topped with a cream light beige head... Aroma has Ginger and lemongrass, perhaps a little chile pepper with some caramel maltiness tacking backseat... Semi-sweet caramel malt with a light citrus and chile pepper backing without the heat. A light bitterness exists on the backend. Lighter bodied overall. Ok
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. The body is a clear and dark garnet-burgundy color with a short head of pale tan foam. The froth settles quickly, leaving behind solid diagonal flares of lace with a swirly surface film and a well-defined edge. Aromas are based in moderately caramelized bready brown malt, suggesting of cocoa, hazelnuts, and cooked figs. The malt provides a complimentary base for the zippy cinnamon and the earthy sweet-heat of the Anaheim chiles. Belgian yeast lends a gorgeous, spicy, estery component that separates this from other cinnamon-chile beers I’ve had. Flavors do the nose justice, maintaining that cocoa-cookie, caramelized bready malt base and showing plenty of sharp, earthy spice from the cinnamon and warming chiles. The use of Anaheims is spot on here, as they lend a fruity, slightly warming spice element without overpowering. The yeast is the unsung star of the show here, as the banana-like esters that it brings forth really tie things together, while simultaneously lending a fruity, drying twist. As it warms, I get a spiced coconut macaroon finish. A substantive palate shows plenty of body, yet stays safely away from becoming overly cloying and sticky. The yeast dries things out rather nicely with the aid of some fine carbonation. Overall, though this represents a major departure from the theme of the series, this is probably my favorite of the Vertical Epic beers (at least when fresh....I don’t think it will age for shit). Pretty solid effort.
beersearcher (2265) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to the folks from Stone for this bottle. Pours a dark amber. Solid saison/Belgiany base with some pepper notes and a minor hit of nutmeg/cinnamon. Some alcohol heat. Pepper notes linger but as advertised do not take over. Belgian yeast the strongest notes.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with yeast, cinnamon, other spices, citrus. Spicy flavor; sweetness from the aroma is absent. Dry finish with lingering spice.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to New Belgium glass. Pours a ruby brown with a quick soapy kahki head that fades to a whispy film and tight collar. Aroma is rather blah, but shows signs of chilies and cinnamon. Taste has some bubblegum more cinnamon and clove with a lingering chili in the finish. Palate is medium and slick with a fizzy and chaulky dry finish.
dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Toms River. Okay everyone i love Stone too but where are these scores coming from? After reading the description I thought okay, sounds different this might be good. I was very wrong. Peppers should only be added to beer to add some heat not flavor. This beer smells like a cross between peppers and Spanish olives add in a dash of earth and wave a cinnamon shaker over top. The appearance is nice with a clear brown/orange body under a foamy light beige head. Luckily the malt bill is pretty big and there is a burst of grain and bread before that nasty pepper flavor kicks in. Ugh, this beer does not work. Take the Stone Epic name off of it and this beer won’t even rate a 2.5.
andyhwcinc (1301) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Saturday night prior to going to a show that starts at 11 PM which is usually way past my bedtime. Appearance a nice slightly dark ruby red with a thin white head that rims around the glass, if there was no head this would look like a wine. Aroma of cinnamon, slight pepper, a bit of a Weiss-like aroma of banana/bubblegum, smells good but slightly faint. Taste is smooth, retains that banana/cinnamon flavor, a slight touch of vanilla, the pepper subsides just a bit, kind of tastes like a Unibroue beer, slightly ’chewy’, good carbonation/body. It’s pretty good, not outstanding, but solid and good.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bomber. Lightly hazy, nut brown-copper with a small film of head that tries to last. Nose is brown sugar, peppery clove, banana, and shellac. Wow taste is the same, with some gummy wheat and cough medicine. Medium body is tingly with alcohol and capsicum; sweet but dried a bit by the noticeable alcohol. Not bad, but tastes like nothing more than a boozy dunkel Hefeweissen, mit einigen kleinen pfeffer.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep ruby brown with a quickly fading cream colored head. Nose initially of clove and yeast, but chili peppers become more apparent as it warms. Less sweet than its brothers, with an obvious focus on the smokiness of the pepper, and cloves coming out in the finish. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, with some lingering heat. I really wasn’t expecting the peppers to be so prominent. I thought it would be pretty subtle, but they went a different way with this beer, and I applaud them for it.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer is clear medium brown with a light tan head. Aromas are sweet banana and spicy from the cinnamon. Taste is sweet Belgian yeast and cinnamon on the front end, but as the flavor lingers some warmth from the chilies, and some vegetable taste. The bitterness also comes in on the back end. Body is medium. ABV is disguised well. A good one in this great series.