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.
rxeight (1188) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought this last year and sat on it until the recomended time (well 10 days late). Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of pepper. Fairly sweet. Really a weird flavor. Now I see why itís still on the shelves a year later.
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks troubles/avrashi. Hazy amber. Aroma of malt, yeast, caraway bread, spices (chili pepper) and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish malty flavor with some chili peppers spiciness, caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Medium-bodied.
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour was chestnut brown with an off white colored head. Aroma of spices and fruits and bread. Flavor was the same with strong bready bitterness amd ginger type notes finishing with definite peppers, coming off almost medicinal. Mouthfeel was moderate to full with light carbonation. Meh, not a huge stone Belgian fan, although normally liking stone!
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a tap. Very sticky head. Dark brown/reddish pour. Chilies and a weird kinda ginger, medicinal nose. No hint of cinnamon. Flavor is more medicine and weird ginger. Not sure how one would age this. Not my style.
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of metal, alcohol, banana, clove, orange peel.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, metallic.
Generic, boozy, and quite metallic.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
hmm.. .. Pours a deep tree copper .. . medium head, medium lacing .. . cinnamon, monkey wrench, spice, and very light pepper skin .. . way to much cinnamon, derails this completely. . . abv is masked quite well, until it hits the belly .. . probably the weakest of the vertical series, but if you like spice in beer, you might be odd enough to like this . . . . You accuse me of everything around here! "Who put slippers in the dishwasher?" "Who threw a cane at the TV?" "Who fell into the china hutch?
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: December 21, 2011
Appearance: clear dark red, beige head, icy lace
Aroma: big green chili pepper aroma, backed by slightly sweet caramel malt
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, balancing chili pepper spicyness, light bitterness
Overall: train wreck of disjointed flavors
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/14/2011. Served on tap at Fish Bar in a mason jar.
Vertical Epic 11.11.11 has a medium brown color with amber and ruby edges. Quite a large eggshell head sits on top when the beer comes out. I suspect this may have been an overly aggressive pour. The head retains fairly well and leaves a bit of lace down the glass.
The aroma is kind of strange. I notice cinnamon first, with toasted bread, banana esters, and a fair amount of booze. From the aroma I donít even get a hint of chiles.
The flavor starts with slightly sweet toasted grains tinged with a bit of caramel. Then it starts to go a bit crazy. Cinnamon is really the dominating flavor here, but it somehow does not mix with the other spices. Cloves and banana notes clash with the malt and cinnamon flavors, and I only get a light sense of the chiles at the end, after the beer has turned into a medicinal ethyl alcohol bomb. I wonder if some time (like a year, a month, and a day?) would heal the distracted flavor.
Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is the real victim of the brewing process. After seemingly half a sip, my tongue feels covered in some immutable oily coating that is fairly unpleasant. Like most other Stone beers, it is properly carbonated and has a heftiness to the body, which I appreciate. Just a very soft burn in the back of my throat from the chile.
This is the second beer from Stone I have had recently that has stunned me with how bad it is. I will continue to try everything they make, but I wonít be coming back to this beer anytime soon. Overall this is just too much of a disjointed mess.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. The weakest so far in a generally unimpressive series (and, cards on table, Iím no Stone hater). Dingy reddish brown pour with a fast-fading carbonation. Nose isnít too offensive, with a dry dusty chile note riding a cinnamon swirl. Is this like a Cali winter warmer? I mean, every so often I can get down with the spice or with the chiles but I have absolutely no idea what the base beer is supposed to be ("Belgian Strong Ale" is where specifics go to die in this series). What you got is a faintly watery, indistinct beer with booze, a spray of pepper heat, and some frosting.