thomas15 (681) - USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i was scared to buy this, but the outlandish things added to this beer really turned out to be balanced into a nice amber malt and belgian yeast strain. a good beer...
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. † Pours dark brown with thick tan head. †Aroma of bananas, spices, chilies, and dark fruits. †Taste of bread, spice, and Belgian yeast. †Medium mouthfeel. †Reminds of a Dubbel . †Kind of bland. †Zero chilies or cinnamon in the flavor. †Just OK.
ericdevin (678) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle from 16 Tons Cafe in Eugene Pours a medium brownish red, maybe a half inch of tan head, with medium opacity. Small hints of cinnamon in the nose, the spice is even fainter. The finish increasingly reveals the warming, with the yeast rolling away to show the alcohol. A really strange beer, it seems to start as one thing and then become another, the prominent yeast leading the way. The medium body makes for a good vehicle for this, but perhaps this wouldíve been better at its most piquant eleven months ago.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. from who-the-hell-knows. Apparently only grabbed one bottle of this stuff last, last November as it doesnít look like I rated it at all. Well, Now itís Feb. 2013 so I suppose I should crack it open. Very warm and fuzzy on the tongue. Caramel, sweet, licorice, and alcohol that pops in now and again. Not a whole lot of spiciness going on, though I suppose thatís because itís been sitting around for 15 months. The different flavor profiles have all mushed together in a pleasant muddle. I havenít tried a lot of these Vertical Epics so I canít compare to other vintages, but this works.
writerljberg (674) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Cherry red with a thin off-white/creme colored head.
N: Cherry, iron, lavender, cinnamon, and wood. Chili peppers show up with a fruity and spicy aroma.
T: Very spicy due to the adjuncts. Good level of sweetness to balance this one out.
M: Moderately sticky and medium bodied.
O: My favorite of the series. The spice and malt are integrated together to make for an enjoyable sipper.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. This was a really tasty offering from Stone! Sometimes, Stone beers are too much for me to handle, but this Belgian Strong Ale has a not too heavy body with a nice black color. There are notes of root beer, sweet tobacco, leather, and a sneaky spiciness from the chiles. Really tasty sipper.
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into huge tulip glass. The aroma is much like a strong dubbel with fig chewy scents- appearance is lighter than others, clear and lighter shade of brown. Taste is crazy- I had no idea what to expect with the chillies but man they make it work! Its like a blend of malt-sweet, bitter-hop, and spicy chillies! Really a remarkably well made beer! Not something I can drink regularly but a great beer.
Nische (652) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish-red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, a distinct green pepper aroma from the Anaheims. Taste is medium sweet, mild bitter, and quite vegetal, with some spice and more of the Anaheim peppers. Finish is dry with more pepper coming through.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour copper amber with beige head. Aroma chillies, cinnamon, caramel, hot apple cider, English malts, clove. Taste spice, cinnamon, clove, toffee, banana, chillies. MF medium thick body good carb. Interesting but not something Iíd search out again.
freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber worth beige ish head. The aroma is musty and grainy with a light yeasty fruit. The taste is rich and heavy on barley with a light Belgian strong ale character. There is an up front chili spice with an intense cinnamon to cover the strong grainy beer. There is a little Belgian fruity taste, apples and sort of a cherry tint. Overall interesting, not amazing but unique.