Joakgust (1318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of cloves, caramel spices and cola. Flavor is malty with notes of cloves, dried fruit and caramel. High potential, although at this point it isn’t really quite finished maturing.
Slipstream (2417) - USA - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The last of the Vertical series? Damn! Well, I’m sure Stone will continue to entertain us with excellent surprise releases. This has a full, dark aroma - prune, petals, chocolate, and applesauce. This is pretty dry and hard to pin down in terms of style. It tastes smoky and chocolaty, with a little tobacco, prune, and espresso. This had a little of that rustic ale quality to it also. If I hadn’t seen the label, I would not have guessed it was a Stone. As it is, it is another fine one from them!
hman43 (1055) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours black with a dark brown head that produces a fair amount of lacing. The cinnamon, ginger, and allspice are the first things that come through in the aroma. There is a sweet smell that is present it whiffs after that. It has a rich, yet dry flavor with the cinnamon and ginger producing a complex flavor with the allspice combination. There is also roasted malt that is present especially on the palate. Unlike many beers in this alcohol range, the alcohol is not over powering to the point where it effects the overall flavor and taste.
Reid (2274) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I saw this in a local tobacco and beer place called "Habits" in Salem OR and thought I would take a chance since it was in the fridge.
Pours a dark dark brown almost blackcurrant look..nice thick tan head.
Nice moderate spicy coriander aspects along with small "barnyard and blackberries in the aroma..very pleasing to the nose.
Taste is all of the above with a touch of bitters and very smooth and well melded. Some dark roasted coffee in the end but in balance with the whole.
Mouth feel on this is spectacular, smooth oh so silky smooth yet kicks in with some refreshing surprises.
Excellent drink..the age seems to have been good for this beer.
There is one left..i plan to get it tomorrow.
4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby pour with a big tan head. On the nose there is tons of spice - clove, cinnamon, anise and dark fruits. Flavor is complex ...some roasted malts and chocolate to start and ends with the spices.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-02-22 - tasting hosted by blankboy, with gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber c/o ... me!? Pours red/black, almost opaque, with decent creamy tan/light brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is very pleasant - plenty of spice, with citrus and lightly roasted moderately sweet malt, a bit floral - quite a bit going on, hard to pin down - maybe a touch of anise, and a real Belgian yeast character. Taste initially hit my tongue as vegetal, but that settled out quickly - possibly the massive spicing threw me off - and left me with the impression of spicespicespice; cloves, nutmeg, ginger - light roast and floral notes, but it’s mostly about the spice. Average body, really, really astringent from the spice, modest carbonation, long spicy finish - a little over the top, would pair amazingly with a thick beef stew, IMHO.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hog shack bottle share. Ridiculously dark brown with faint ruby spots and a big rocky tan cap. Aroma is a lot of nutmeg, clove, gingerbread cookies. Taste is spicy bitterness, and sweet. Tingly. Spiced heat finish.
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Aroma is nutmeg and clove. Taste is nutmeg, clove, licorice, nice balance of sweetness from malt and even hop bitterness. Alcohol is nice and warming. A great beer.!
SarkyNorthener (3917) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Richthevillan at tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of mulled wine, marmite, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is licorice, coffee, spices, prunes and some earthy notes. Medium bodied and a little oily. Superb.
RichTheVillan (6259) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from an International Trade; dark brown pour with a frothy tan head, fruity aroma, loads of Christmas spices in the taste cinnamon, nutmeg, some plain chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, very complex rewarding beer.