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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
12.12.12 Vertical epic aged in red wine barrels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marheb (3175) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
(Pendant le ’’Calm before the sorm’’ à Stone Liberty Station): Le ’’all spice’’ est imposant et le corps moelleux, fines bulles, des notes qui rappellent le pinot et une abondance de petits fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_Fellini (830) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle to glass. Thanks Kate for sharing! Pours a thin deep brown to black color with a light creamy tan head. Aroma is a complex mix of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch of red wine. Flavor is quite mild when compared to the aroma, with a mix of spices and slight toasted malts. Thin body with a lingering cinnamon, nutmeg. Interesting. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1257) - Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Opaque brown and a light brown foam. Red wine barrel adds a slight sour cherry flavor to the oak and currant body. Not exactly sour but flavorful with a dark red fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2932) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
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. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dansac (107) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
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.

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