Mulletreeve (17) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 from a bomber, poured straight in a Chimay glass. This is what I look for in a winter holiday beer. It's a dark ale or almost a porter with holiday spices. Beautiful dark color, quickly disappearing espresso head, smooth body, very little carbonation, with notes of chocolate, molasses, nutmeg.
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Butters (3583) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on Christmas Eve 2012 with Kristen. Clear dark mahogany with ample light tan head. Nose of sweet orange citrus, light roast. Flavor is more like ginger, honey, clove, allspice, roast - Reminds me a great deal of Hardywood GBS -but not quite as sweet. This is actually quite tasty, and might be one of my favorites of the series. Interested to see how it develops
johnnnniee (1826) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at pony bar with Linh Christmas eve 2012. Pours a deep brownish black with chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is super spicy, ton of banana, and a lot of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium, super spicy, ton of clove, funky banana, light cinnamon and booze. Not my thing.
Rrauth (906) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow what an appearance. Thick brown foam that lasts forever. Nice lacing. Not very aromatic. Creamy and bitter. Nice beer.
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keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity sweet aroma with a nice malt base. The beer pours dark brown with a tan creamy head. The flavor has the malt base with a bit of roast and smoke. The fruitiness is subdued. Nice balance with just a bit of warmth on the throat.
peteinSD (1178) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a nicely sized tan head. Aroma is a traffic jam of spices with clove (although lighter than prior vertical epics) and a sharp, herbal bitterness. Taste a ton of spices including cinamon, pepper, licorice, anise), tobacco, minimal sweetness, and a lingering bitterness. Yeast character in the taste is minimal. Clean, relatively dry mouthfeel. Aggressive and over the top at the moment I think this beer will drink better in a few years.
rxeight (794) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased this to enjoy with the 11.11.11. Dark pour. Compared to the 11 this had more nutmed, less cinamon no pepper. Some belgian spices but covered up by the kitchen spices. Slightly better than the 11, but still not my style.
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Allspice in the nose as well as cinammon. Nutmeg too. Pitch black body with light brown head. Not dissimilar to the Sam Adams gingerbread beer I had last night. And as good as that was this is better. Has a stronger alcohol warmth. Really outstanding.
wxman (1275) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a full tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is clearly ginger and a host of other spices. Taste is semi-sweet roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Pretty busy, to say the least. Not especially bitter, except for that derived from the roasted grain. Another damned good Vertical!