p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bomber from the brewery. Drank on 11/11/11. Looks amber caramel with tan head. Smells of thick dark caramel and earthy smoothness. Tastes of caramel but molded by the cinnamon and slight tinge of pepper on the back end that makes this beer drinkable and savory. I cant wait to taste it aged a year from now. Overall 7.5 of 10.
b79turner (207) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber, this thing is a mess. The nose is pretty good, actually smells pretty good. Taste is way too much of the chili. This is certainly my least favorite of the vertical epic series.
nittanytide (206) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep copper in color with a thin, bubbly head. Aroma is very floral with a hint of citrus. Taste is complex, but not overpowering: grapefruit, grass, and a little bit of candied fruits. Nice dry finish. The chiles and cinnamon used in this beer were in the background and shouldnít scare people away from what is a pretty good beer.
jhp40219 (204) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a reddish hue. Nice one finger, light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is very Belgian. Malty and sweet smelling with hints of cherry, citrus, candy, hops, chiles, and cinnamon. Taste is also candy-sweet and malty with the cinnamon and chiles coming through and blending together very nicely. Surprisingly not overwhelming or as heavy as most other Belgian Strong Aleís I have had. The alcohol is hidden rather well, as this one is very smooth with a nice, sweet but light chile burn on the backend and malty finish. Full body, slick body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms. Carbonation is average. Very nice, easy drinking.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 This beer leaves me with a confused look on my face. The spices they used in this beer seem to have worked very well. The base beer however, seems a bit dull, especially when combined with the interesting chili notes. The initial taste that I get is full of the spice from the chili and cinnamon that is quickly followed by waves of yeast and belgian beer characters that frankly donít work to compliment the spice at all. I feel that these spices may be better served with a beer that has a deeper malt background instead of one where the yeast character is fighting with the spices. Altogether this is not as good as 10-10-10 and I didnít love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Nut brown in color. Off white head in color. Good lacing. Nutty aroma. Cherry in the taste. Smooth finish. There is a slight creamy texture. Stone is a very good brewery and I will try another one in a heartbeat.
MarinaMarket (201) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chilis, sugar, alcohol, spice. Pours well with beautiful head, red/brown reminiscent of Insanely Bad Elf. Unbalanced in flavor, with chilis, sharp vegetal hop flavor, Medium bodied, strong carbonation, and a bit of tropical note. Warming for sure, and needs a bit of time IMO. Tasted from the bottle @ 58F.
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.
kindacold (197) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours beautiful amber with white head. Neutral smell. Tastes like peppers, cinnamon, caramel, malt, and hops. A bit sticky on the finish, with a very bitter aftertaste.
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 wasnít 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.