MHOSKINS (48) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess I just don't care for spiced beer. I love most all of Stone's products. This spiced ale was NOT for me.
MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mdsurveyor (46) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very complex. The aroma has a hint of many of the spices from the label. The taste is also equal full of many spices, but the bite overpowers the experience. Well crafted, but not to my personal taste.
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nittanyjim (44) - - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clove and orange nose...maybe some pine. Opaque black, short medium brown head. Complex spices, cinnamon, clove. Slightly chewy mouthful. Slight bitter/spice aftertaste.
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown black with a 1 finger head which stays as a cap throughout the beer. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, banana bread and gingerbread. Flavor is similar, starts out on the sweeter side with the clove and banana and finishes with a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, pretty nice complex flavors despite not being a style that I typically love.
jhbeer (43) - - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lost my tasting notes on this, so I’m going from memory.
Pours a dark, brownish color with a nice tan head. Scent is complex, lots of spice and citrus, some yeasty earthy tones as well. Flavor is nice and sweet, up front. Raisins, gingerbread, earthiness followed by a nice balance of bitter hops in the end. Medium bodied with a nice, smooth finish.
Stone finished off their Vertical Epics with a great one.
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a nice reddish-brown head that lasts decently long. The smell is very heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg. Really reminds me of an overly-spiced pumpkin pie. Flavor is very heavy on those spices as well. I'm a huge fan of limited edition fall beers that use these spices and/or pumpkin in their brewing, so I'm really digging this beer. If they cut back just a little on the intensity of the spices, this would be one of my favorites. The lingering flavor on the palate is just like a good pumpkin ale. Overall, still really good beer if you're into those flavors.
skokott (36) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generally not a huge fan of seasonal/christmas beers but this is a standout. Strong allspice/clove with nutmeg and other spices.
Definitely not a beer to "knock back" one after the other but an outstanding beer not only in it’s class but overall.
I would say in my top 3 easily.
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This edition of Vertical Epic pours dark black-brown with a fluffy tan head. The head goes the distance, for sure- displaying exquisite lacing!
The nose is crazy. Nutmeg, licorice, clove, allspice, and sugar cookies take center stage- almost drowning out the mellow cream and chocolate. This almost smells like egg nog. Weird.
Damn good. Roasted malts, molasses. up front; give way to caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet bread, and brown sugar. Hops add a scarce piney note in the finish that’s easily overwhelmed by the other Christmas flavors. Nutmeg, and soft brown sugar linger on the palate. Somehow, though, Stone manages to keep this brew from being overly sweet. It is phenomenally balanced! Now, I’m tasting cream soda? Every sip unravels another layer. to say this beer is complex is an understatement. This beer is knocking my socks off!
The mouthfeel is the best part. This beer’s nose and taste sound thick and syrupy. On the contrary, this concoction is light to medium weight, with subdued carbonation. This beer is actually very easy to drink!
Overall, this beer is awesome. I bought two bottles. I want to drink two bottles. But, my logical mind is telling me to age one of these. Stone claims that this is a "Belgian style abbey-ish beer". Personally, I’d call it a Belgian Style Stouty Brown Ale. Semantics aside, Stone Brewing knocked this one OUT OF THE PARK! If you are fortunate enough to see one of these bottles somewhere: BUY IT!
lukemundy (32) - - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown with espresso lacing. Aroma is heavy on clove and cinnamon with some fruitiness. The flavor is more of the same with the clove really over pouring everything through the finish.
Even Stone says its a beer to be aged. I'd like to revisit this in a year or two!
Edward104 (31) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Wow, original and delicious! great nose, cloves and cinamon, reminiscent of glühwein, pours a rich black, somewhat thick. Nice hop presence to balance out the spice along with a strong bitter dark chocolate.