BadAprilia1000 (282) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone comes to surprise me every year with the vertical epic. Last yearís Belgian Strong was fantastic and this yearís does not disappoint, This beer has a nice nose. Smells of booze typical of a belgian strong. Nose is very strong cant pick out all thatís going on. Flavor in this beer is huge as well. Nice Sweet booze note followed by a nice spicy cinnamon. I imagine the spice comes from the chilies. Good beer will rate agin after i have had a few more.
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours with a dark amber color that is copped by a big, foamy head. At this point, I expected the aroma to be pretty muted, and it was save for some bread, caramel, and a little bit of the chile. There is still a good hit of spice still present in the flavor, however, which provides a little punch and a little added sweetness even. The additions raise this beer from a solid, malty amber ale without seeming gimmicky. Maybe some of the character has been lost with age, but I found this beer to be quite enjoyable.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a amber to brow. Generous white to off white head. A sour raisiny malt carries into an interesting jalapeŮo note.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber like a cask esb. Thick beige head. Aroma of belgian yeast , spices (clove, chili). Wow flavor is interesting. Never tasted anything like this. Very creamy smooth palate feel. Chilis come through up front and fade to a saison like spiciness. Said there is cinnamon in the beer but i am.not tasting it. Sweetness in this beer is like triple belgian. Hops kick in bitter at finish. Nice beer not one i will drink a lot of but a good once a year beer
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
While this is a belgian strong ale, it more properly belongs in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer category as the chiles really dominate the aroma and flavor. They add those qualities without the heat that infests other chile beers Iíve tasted. Itís dressed in an inviting reddish brass color. The cinnamon peeks through in the middle with a long chile finish. There is a solid fruit/malt/alcohol belgian ale backbone. Very interesting. The low scores are because I donít like chile in my beer. Iím anxiously awaiting the 12.12.12 vertical tasting to see how it changes. ANYONE GOT 02.02.02 FOR TRADE?
nittanytide (235) - 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.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking copper pour with good white head. Somewhat similar to an xmas ale, due to the spice level.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a hazy amber with a light fizz. Aroma is smoky and earthy. Flavor is full of chilli and malt.
aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Sweet, spicy, malty, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body. Low drinkability due to the odd flavor profile. Misstep.
b79turner (230) - Birmingham, 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.