jflopsu (501) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark black pour with thick brown head. Has a sweet aroma of liquorish, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweet taste full of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and roasted. Coffee/espresso aftertaste but nothing too strong or bitter.
TheGB (500) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of allspice, malt and hops. Nice taste with significant spice and good balance with a nice palate.
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brigg (500) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Black body with a large brown head minimum lace. Aroma is full of spice (allspice, clove, cinnamon, hint of ginger), sweet chocolate malt. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, orange peel; hint of sweetness up front but really dries out; also chocolate. Good and interesting flavor but the heavy spice and dryness make it a little hard to drink.
BeerKurve (489) - - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown with a brown head; excellent lacing retention. Very rich smell of caramel, pumpkin pie, spice, plums, and malts. Taste is rich taste of spices, caramel, plums, piney hops and spruce; Aftertaste is a bit resiny. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild and adds quite a bit to the flavor. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had from Stone yet, and one of the best strong ales I’ve ever had
HeadyDE (478) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..
zoucrew102 (468) - - JUN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Very spicy aroma with a multitude of spices including nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and being the most notable. Pours black with a thin brown head. Taste is strong dark fruit and finishes with all of the above spices but they all balance very well. Drank in June, but really more of a holiday beer. Good regardless.
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pinkie (457) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a flourishing tan head of creamy foam. Dwindled slowly to a cap and ring that never faded and left some great lace. Inviting and dark almost bewitching. Nose is a mix of spices and fruit. I smell cloves cinnamon, is that ginger? and nutmeg. As it warms it opens up to some yeast, orange and a fruit smell that I couldn’t quite pin down is rose hips. The toasted malt gives it a breaddy cookie like quality. There’s a breath of alcohol and a marvelous hint of chocolate. It’s a Xmas cookie in a glass. One of the most complex spice profiles I’ve encountered.
Taste is lighter than it smells and not as sweet as it smells either. Smooth, burnt around the edges with plenty of bread underneath it all. Not too fruity. A little alcohol to taste is really nice in this. Hops finally come up bitter to take it into the long dry finish. It even has a charred quality that’s not disagreeable. Warming and very festive.
This is a hard to describe strong dark ale that really surprised me. Far from overly sweet it’s one I would have again. I wonder how it ages?
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured thick and black very little head. Aroma was lots of spices, nutmeg & cinnamon mainly. Taste was of a dark ale with spices. Thick palate. Overall, not my favorite of the verticals but it fits the series well.
ellolovey (446) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Cumming Growler Shop. Pours a dark brown with a tan frothy head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Taste is loaded with spices. Cinnamon nutmeg and clove dominate. Full-bodied with a nice velvety mouth-feel. Sticky sweet with a slightly bitter dry finish. Another awesome brew from Stone!
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leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.