obguthr (4538) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Agave nose? Clear brown, medium yellow head. prickly pear and overripe apples. this has the same off-putting (to me anyways) hop that I have found in a few others beers.
Re-rate: Re-sampled on 01/04/13. After a year of age, much of the original flavor of this beer has disappeared, except for the chiles, which are now in the forefront. All in all, that makes it much better.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a nice ruby red color wit ha thin tan head. Nose is of dark fruits with a clear cinnamon presence, though nearly sweet. Taste is rather interesting, clearly a rather pepper like taste, though not as dry as I was expecting, as the cinnamon tends to pack quite the punch in the back end. Noticeable spice however.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep coppery ruby with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is funky yeasty malt, mild spice, peppery. Tastes rich, malty, with resiny and astringent syrupy funky notes. I definitely get a chili peppery flavor here, but overall the syrupy sweetness doesnít gel so well with the funky malt and resiny syrupy hops.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a light brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. very light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, esters, light spice, and a hint of chili. Flavor is much of the same. Medium body. A nice beer.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice amber color with a medium white head. STRONG chili and brown sugar aroma. Strong plastic, chili and brown sugar flavor. I keep trying to like this, but I really donít. Iím afraid this is my first Stone drain pour. :-(
thetmaxx (773) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bomber. Aroma is awesome, almost like a Lagunitas with the dark fruits. Flavor is bitter up front also has the fruity flavors. Overall, wow I think I need to buy a few more!
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Cellar review: Aged from November 20, 2011 til the review date January 24, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a hazy mahogany with some garnet hues, the head is a dense and thick brown that leaves some lacing and leaves a foamy coating.
Aroma: The aroma was strong of banana and chili peppers, but it quickly gives way and settles into a light chili pepper with some cinnamon. A bit bland.
Taste: The intro has an odd mix of cinnamon, malts, and chili peppers, the cinnamon goes stronger through the mid-taste and the chili peppers and some cloves warm up on the finish. The chili peppers are adding a lot of flavor throughout, but little heat, not liking this at all.
Palate: Medium bodied, a bit thin texture, soft carbonation.
Overall: I still do not like this. The chilis and cinnamon are strongest here, not much depth and not much heat either. Pass.
Ratings: 6, 5, 6, 3, 13.
Reviewed on November 20, 2011.
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Deep hazy copper with a slightly orange tinged thin white head.
S: Rather bland, mostly a belgian yeast cloves smell with some heat from the peppers.
T: Pepper up front through to the finish with a clove spice to it, not as spicy as I imagined though.
A: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Rather bland beer to me, it was more spicy from the Belgian yeast than the peppers and the cinnamon wasnít noticeable.
mikesaum (632) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with khaki head, aroma is strong belgian yeast and a bit of cinnamon, no chiles, the yeast is spicy in aroma. Taste is complex, semi sweet with a deep rich flavor, nice belgian spice from the yeast, some heat from the chilies and a dash of cinnamon, abv is masked well, very good, would love to see how this ages
pantanap (3366) - 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 Iíve 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 donít think it will age for shit). Pretty solid effort.