DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another fantastic beer from Stone; pours deep black with a solid, fluffy white/tan head. Flavor is strong; the clove is almost overwhelming and is a bit to take. A lot of spices. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice dry finish.
Landmonger (155) - USA - DEC 30, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle into a trappist glass, aroma is citrus, cinnamon and clove, it is dark very dark poured with minimal head, the taste is clove upfront too much so that it overpowers everything else but the orange bleeds through a little, the mouthfeel is smooth with the carbonations starting sharp then velvety, the bitterness then breaks forward with the residual clove and wrmth from the alcohol.
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love it when a beer surprises me, and this one did due to its uniqueness. The clove is upfront from beginning to end. Nice alcohol feel to it. A Belgian style dark ale that had flavors that aren’t typical for the style. Interesting for sure.
GothGargoyle (2279) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby/black with a small beige head. Aroma is cloves, ginger, allspice. Medium bodied, spicy on the palate. Taste is cloves, cloves, more cloves, a little gingerbread. A little over the tip with the cloves.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Pours a rich, thick onyx with a nice darkened beige head. Nose is cinnamon, clove, light fudge, and a touch of rose petals. Flavor is a salty mishmash of seaweed, cinnamon, fish, and bitter roses. Average mouthfeel. I bought this fresh but it tastes oxidated. I’ll buy another and re-rate.
abcfan (882) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As little as I enjoy dark Belgians, this is really a gorgeous beer, with a pitch-black color and a beautiful, medium brown colored head that leaves some classy, thick, shimmering lacing. It has an incredibly unique, powerful aroma packed with cloves, ginger, and orange. What makes all of these spices alright: the heavy, roasted malts. This smells very much like many of the fall/winter seasonal pumpkin beers that have been coming out as of late (in particular, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator). Wow, what a nose. And thank you, Stone, for keeping the yeast out of it.
In the mouth you’re in for something a little wild and completely different from what the aroma lets on. It’s slightly thinner than you’d expect of its pitch black color, soft and creamy. What’s fantastic about the flavor is how they pulled off how to compliment the intense roasted flavor with the intense spices to not only make each of the parts easy to drink and unoffensive when tasted individually, but also combined to produce a fantastically well-balanced and complex beer that manages to feel smooth and almost creamy as a whole. Wow. The intense spice content and heavily roasted malts ball up in the center of the tongue and are so strong that they make your tongue curl up in fear… but then the beer lulls it back into submission with its smooth character. As crazy of a beer this is, it’s really very good. One thing, though: the warmer it gets, the harsher and more uncomfortable the roasted malt bitterness becomes, so drink it between 50-55 degrees. Now, Being the last of the Vertical Epic series, I’m putting a bottle of this away in the cellar for an indefinite amount of aging.
BeerIamBlog (20) - - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smelled like a Belgian, looked like a stout, tasted like pumpkin. This was a really enjoyable beer to drink especially while the weather is cold. If you like Belgian beers or have been wanting to try one, give this a shot.
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andyhwcinc (1796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the last week of the NFL regular season watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a robust dark tan head that is slightly bubbly. Aroma has a lot going on, notes of chocolate, cinnamon, Belgian ale yeast, flower pedals, ginger, roasted malt, and raisins. Smells outstanding and rich but delicate. Taste goes down nice and smooth and retains the complexity found in the aroma, with the addition of nutmeg. It also packs a punch without being abrasive. Really great brew to round out this great series.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ink black pour, massive tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is chocolate, fruity esters, cinnamon, clove, spice, roast. Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, roast. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, spicy finish. Odd beer; enjoyable.