ddemmingjr (720) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Excited to give this a try. pours clear amber, off white head that fades quickly. Clove, banana, typical Tripel nose with Belgian yeast and then that distinctive additional cinnamon, spicy chili vegetable notes on the nose. bready malts, esters, spiciness that is unique. medium carbonation, syrupy texture and stickiness on the lips. dry, astringent long finish. interesting but not my thing.
bmerz (715) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Beautiful ruby color. Smells of malt and slightly sour as it warms. Mostly chaulky yeast flavor and texture with a warmth from the chilli cinnamon and booze. Not super inviting but nice. Cinnamon is expressed subtly but is a backbone throughtout.
hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Fulton Grand w Erica last night. Goblet. Pours bright copper. Absolutely delicious: strong hop flavor without being overly bitter. Earthy, caramel notes. Chewy and scrumptuous, decently complex. Goes out on a dry, malty note.
kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a reddish orange hue - head is not enormous, but lots of lacing is left as it evaporates - more than typical. Smell is phenolic and fruity, as one might expect from a Belgian Strong. Heavy-bodied with orange fruit, yeast, chile spice, a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and noticeable alcohol kick at the end with a tinge of bitterness and malts. Solid, but not outstanding, example of the style. A worthy attempt by Stone, but not at the level of Chimay. Too much alcohol burn at the end, and a bit over-bodied at the start, but the complexity in the middle makes it recommendable at any rate - certainly not faulted for lacking flavor!
Macegan75 (707) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damicoís for the Veritcal Epic Series.Pours a medium to light brown with very little aroma. nose is mild with cider like aldehydes and a boozy quality. First sip is malty notexs with chili pepper and sweet aldehydes. finish is nice with tangy flavors.
thomas15 (689) - 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...
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draught poured into snifter. smelled weak but poured almost reddish colour. tasted spices and spicey decent alot of flavor but nothing special
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.
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.
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.