BlackHaddock (3760) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of my second flight at Stone’s Liberty Station outlet in San Diego on 17th March 2014: 10.9% ABV according to the beer menu. It’s black and spicey! I found cloves the strongest (or I thought I did) within the plethora of flavours this beer had. Wine notes and cinnamon came a close second and third in the taste with plenty of other stuff going on in the background. Well worth trying if you ever get the chance.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle lovingly brought back from San Diego by my wife, thanks honey!
Rating number 2001 a Spice Oddity!
Pours solid black color with a good sized frothy tan head that shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of dark sugar, spice, a nice red wine oakiness, and a very light lactic tartness. The flavor is quite spicy with a solid dark sugary malt base to it. Big alcohol presence as well as some sharp tannins and vinous notes. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy spicy sugary mouthfeel. Decent brew, I’m glad I got a chance to try it, but not my favorite offering from Stone.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Stone Bistro Escondido. Murky dark brown pour, with a light tan head. Super spiced up beer, nutmeg, christmas spice, oak, red wine grapes, clove, sweet malt, lightly bready, allspice, and light molasses. Pretty good for a spiced beer, but I was not in the mood.
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells sweet, fruity, with hints of wood and a lighter spice note.
Wood and wine tannins show with vaguely banana finish thank to the Brett.
dansac (96) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting beer from Stone. Essentially, it is Vertical Epic with red wine character: meaning its got some of that earthy funk tartness to go with it. It goes really well with the more heavily roasted sweetness of the spiced up VE. It’s very nice, just really overpriced for what it is, I think.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Black with a thin creamy tan head. Chocolate, red wine, musty allspice, and nutmeg aroma. Tastes of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, red wine, oak, and vanilla. Bright medium to full bodied palate.