Ron (3007) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Tap and Mallet’s Stone flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours dark chocolate with a copper tan head. A little spice bite in the aroma, and taste of sweetness with clove, cinammon and other spices. Finishes nicely. I really enjoyed this last of the Vertical Epic series.
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pitch black appearance with a beige head. The aroma contains some coffee, cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate. The flavor is somewhat bitter with some strong coffee flavors accompanied by a lot of spices including ginger and cinnamon. The finish is somewhat dry with a bit of alcohol showing through. Overall this is a very nice way to finish out the verticals. And with this rating I’ve had all of them! Yes I’m bragging so what.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black/dark brown color, aroma of cinnamon and other spices, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, same flavors with some Belgian spice, clove, roasted malt, interesting beer, worth a try
rougeau13 (2191) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Dark, opaque brown with a modest beige head. Aroma of clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, mocha, and citrus. Taste is herbal and spiced and lightly sweet. Medium bodied. Very well done.
AndyReynolds (1056) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Dutch’s. Notes of candied brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup (?), and a ton of other spices. Just a lot going on in this beer. More than I expected, fo sho. I am really impressed.
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, carmel and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, roastiness and dark chocolate with a smooth dry lingering roasty spiced finish.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.
Bevacquas (1) - - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had it on tap and was delicious. Went to the store the next day to stock up on bottles!
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks Brett! Well the gimmick is over, a nice looking beer with lots of deep hues in the color, but the taste is as stone describes it, with a womp of spice, too much spice that muddles together..
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee black with a thin beige head. Aromas of clove, dark chocolate, allspice, and some coffee in their. Whoa, wasn’t what I was expecting in the taste, in fact it keeps morphing with each sip. One sip will pack a huge spice punch with clove and ginger leading the way, to a coffee ground and dark chocolate finish and the next will to be dominated by chocolate malts, dark fruits and floral hops. Rather odd sensory triggering brew here. Alcohol is masked well and it has a pretty dry finish. Stone never seems to disappoint and even though this is not a beer I can see myself drinking all that often, it is still an exceptionally crafted brew. SLAINTE!!