joshmcg000 (317) - Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with dark pillowy head. Aroma is very spicy, cinnamon and ginger mostly. Slick mouthfeel, creamy texture. Very spicy, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice. Almost to spicy for me. With dark roasty malts and a bitter piney hop finish. Pretty unique stuff, and it hides the alcohol % well.
Tstamba (311) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours an opaque black with tan head and ample lacing. There is a lot going on here. Loads of spice... Cinnamon, all spice, clove blending with toasty malts and hints of caramel... All of that dancing around in your mouth like Thanksgiving and Christmas together... Very unique and memorable ...
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark oily pour, looks like a stout. The aroma is light, with some malt and sweetness. Nice taste of sweet bourbon and chocolate without being cloying, balanced by a nice bitterness that continues for a while.
AndresTM (307) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer with a tan head. The spices are obvious in the nose, resulting in an aroma that could only be described as gingerbread cake peppered with cinnamon and allspice. Citrus, Belgian yeast, banana, and earthy hops all make appearances as well. Very interesting. The taste is primarily sweet and spicy, but has an earthy, bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with a medium-to-thick body and prickly carbonation. One of my favorite Stone beers.
EvanFriend (307) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the only Vertical Epic I’ve had, and after tasting it I regret missing all the other years. Pours jet black, tastes like pumpkin pie. This is what every pumpkin ale I’ve ever had ought to taste like. Delicious.
roxtersoxter (307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black color with large off white head. Very sweet smell and taste. I can tell a lot of spices went into this beer. Overall a good beer.
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evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown/black, tan head. Spicy smells! Potpurri. Cinnamon, cloves. Amazing. Flavors of nutmeg, cloves, and orange. Dry! Different.
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chimpgibbon (307) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Black with tan head. Gorgeous Xmas cake aroma with big nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is a little astringent however, particularly on the end. Good front end of boozy pudding giving way to some hop bitterness, but this all falls at the last fence with an unsatisfying acrid quality both in taste and on the palate.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with brown head, aromas of spice up front, im picking up a lot of allspice, there is a earthy hop presence followed by roasted malts. Taste is spices up front getting cinnamon and allspice with some hop bitterness along with a very good roasty character possibly some chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this is very well balanced, everything blends together perfectly and no one flavor dominates the rest. Seems to me stone has been on a roll lately with some well crafted brews, nice stuff!
dlihcsnatas (292) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured up a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate malts and spice. The taste is mostly spice with some hints at the malts used. Seemed that the ginger and allspice dominated but letting it sit on the tongue a while could kind of pick out some of the others. Very good brew. This is the first time I have seen Vertical Epic on the shelves and now I am wishing my local stores had been on top of this so I could have tried the others. Oh well at least I got to check this one out.