williamstome (1077) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black pour, brown head. Holy shit, the nose. Aroma of prunes, chocolate, spices, yeast, mint and ginger snaps. Flavor of ginger snaps, prunes, dark fruit, roastiness, chocolate and alcohol, with a big minty start and a spicy finish.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour with a small beige head. This is a spice bomb, tons of clove, anise, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is similar but drier than you might expect. This was my least favorite in the series, just spice overload. The roasted malts come out in the finish which is a little bitter. This one needs a few more years in the cellar.
Jayb0 (1068) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m going to have to get some more of these and tuck them away. Because this was great from the gate. Deep, dark, roasted deliciousness. Both sturdy and silky. Great sharp hops balanced with creamy malts and just enough spicing.
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - this is the first I’ve had of the Vertical Epic series, not too bad, but not enough to make me wish I’d been in on this series from the start.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark. Basically black. Decent head that is tan with some hints of red. Nose is very spicy. Smells like the holidays. Everything they put in the brew sticks out, especially the cinnamon, clove, and orange peel. Pine cone. Nose is very pleasant and complex. Scares me a bit though. Smells like it will be over spiced. Luckily upon tasting the beer, the roasty malts blend flawlessly with the spices. It is bone dry. Not sweet at all. Very well done for a holiday beer. Great way to end the vertical epic series.
tia (1044) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Very dark. Smells spicy and dry/sweet. Lots of metallic in the taste. Fairly light-bodied with some spice.
dresden (1031) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a tan head. Aroma is spices -cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and chocolate. Taste of Belgian candy sugar, spices as above, and ash? Hmm interesting and alcohol very well hidden.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. The nose is heavy chocolate, anise, pumpkin, and graham crackers. The taste is heavy sweet and heavy bitter with the bitter dominating the end. The texture is creamy yet becomes astringent and dry, the body is medium and the finish is long.
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Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black with medium brown head. Somewhat malty but muted nose. Flavor is a bit rough, some roast, some esters, a little smokey, but doesnt blend all that well.
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan ring. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, hints of clove and floral rose. Taste is is spicy, bready, and semisweet. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 finishes with a spicy dryness.