peteinSD (1456) - 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 (2396) - 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 (2384) - 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 (1713) - 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!
ADfan (797) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color in the glass with a small head. Aroma of spices and nutmeg and a slight alcohol smell comes from the glass. Taste does have a wallop of spices just like the description. Nutmeg, corriander, pumpkin and a variety of taste hits you and lingers for a long finish.
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is strong of spices, especially clove. Taste is very sweet with dominating spices especially clove, I’ve had less spicy pumpkin beers. The mouthfeel is very full with moderate carbonation. Overall I was seriously disappointed with this one, way too spicy. Maybe the spices will die down with aging, but I doubt I’ll pick up another bottle to see.
Tinco (609) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black had a small mocha head. Aroma is christmas spices, cinnamon banana. Taste is cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread. All in all pretty good!
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at 16 Tons. Dark brown pour with a moderate tan head and no lacing. Just a massive mishmash of spices all thrown together into a melting pot of smells and tastes where nothing stands out and everything is muddled. Disappointing way for the series to go out.
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer with a tan head. The spices are obvious in the nose, resulting in an aroma that could only be described as gingerbread cake peppered with cinnamon and allspice. Citrus, Belgian yeast, banana, and earthy hops all make appearances as well. Very interesting. The taste is primarily sweet and spicy, but has an earthy, bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with a medium-to-thick body and prickly carbonation. One of my favorite Stone beers.
merb (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was pleased to find this on tap at this point, nice little pub in Philly called The Perch Pub. But onto the beer. The first thing I get is cinnamon, it's not too much and really finished smooth, I didn't get much on the aroma spectrum but my sniffer isn't the best...very drinkable.
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