thetmaxx (901) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.
Darwenus (888) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, like a porter, with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is spices and sweet vanilla, and the flavor is really big. Strong holiday type spices and fruit and ginger, there’s a fruitcake like quality and a finish with strong cloves and cinnamon. Another outstanding Stone beer.
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours opaque brownish black with thin oily head. Roast, toffee, coffee, allspice, cinnamon. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied and crisp. A tad acidic. This is classified as a Belgian, but it reminds me of certain imperial stouts, albeit with some spices.
bp (888) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a frothy tan head, aroma is sweet with some spices, taste is spiced with some chocolate flavor as well but not too sweet, very dry finish.
rader58 (875) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours jet black with brown head. Aroma of spicy, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, dried cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is clove, roasty, peat, port wine. Quite Spicy.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in.
T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable.
O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down it’ll be a little more palatable.
Serving type: bottle
ADfan (852) - 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.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Holy spice bomb....seriously...spice bomb. Pours a thick black tar with a sticky brown head. Not sure how I feel about this, tons of flavor such as cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. Nice belly burn. Sort of a nice holiday or fall beer. Still good, but not really into spices in my brew.
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber into a 16.9oz stemmed belgian glass while super storm Nemo wrecks the east coast. Pours a stout dark black, likeness to mild tar and pleasant carcoal. Thick and foamy medium head the covers the liquid nicely and then separates and glisens around the top. Taste is tart cherry, cinnamon, fig pie, dark cherry candies/dinner mints, and sugared peppermint.. Outstanding in the depths that the flavours mesh together while masking the abv wonderfully. My first take on the vertical series, its unfortunate I missed out on the rest. Pepper hits the noes constantly as this one goes down as well. Full bodied, with a dry begining countered by a balanced spice attack. Fulfilling, genuine, and tasty. Glad I picked this one up.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve never reviewed one of these VE ales before, so as luck would have it, my good friend picked up a bottle and agreed to share it with me. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a creamy one-finger khaki shade. The general appearance is almost stout-like.
S: Stone really didn’t dick around with the spices, did they? There is insane cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg on the nose. The eye-watering spiciness evokes Harpoon’s (overspiced) Winter Warmer in a way. Still, I’d love more of the base beer to come through.
T: The aroma didn’t deceive me, this is spiced to fuck and back. It opens with a heavy-handed explosion of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. After a while, it fades into a long dark fruit finish (plums, mainly). Touches of roasted nuts also appear. Complexity is good, but unfortunately it’s complex in a messy, imbalanced way.
M: This one has a pretty thick body. A shame it had to follow the devastatingly drinkable La Terrible, because this one just seemed indolent and flabby in comparison. Still, alcohol is decently concealed.
O: This brew is meh not because it’s boring and lacking pizzazz, but because it’s pizzazz is haphazard and unfocused. That, and Christmas in July kind of sucks.