corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Very nice retention for the style and ABV, taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic streaks of lacing behind.
Intense aroma with a combination of musty funk, charred oak, vinous dark fruit, roasted malt and autumnal spice. Very complex with the barrel notes, wild yeast and earthy tones bouncing off of each other. Some toothpick, toasted coconut and vanilla up front along with vinous berries and red wine sweetness. This was aged in red wine barrels for a year and it shows. Hints of oak, grape, dark cherry, currant and other berries yet the barrel notes don’t completely overwhelm the nose. The spices and robust malt notes cone through with hints of cardamom, ginger and cinnamon along with roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast. The funky bugs/wild yeast are faint but show up a bit more as it warms. There’s a really unique combination of elements in the aroma resulting in a beer that smells different than anything I’ve come across before. Think bretted, red wine BA pumpkin stout.
Not quite as complex as the nose hinted at with boozy sweetness, roasted malt and very strong autumnal spice notes. Strong barrel character but the vinous red wine notes take a back seat to charred oak and funky yeast. Dry, bretty effervescence along with somewhat acrid, burnt malt and heavy potpourri like spice. Hints of clove, cinnamon, allspice and ginger but the pumpkin pie/dessert like spices found in the aroma are muted. The robust, burnt malt notes are prominent with oatmeal, burnt coffe grinds, dark chocolate and toast. In need of sweetness for balance and stronger vinous fruit character from the barrel. Also, the spice profile could be a bit more complex. Not a bad beer overall but it mostly tastes like dry brett, charred oak, burnt malt and musty, earthy spices. Doesn’t live up to the promise of the aroma.
slowrunner77 (8389) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is an odd one for sure. from 2014 - red wine berry flavor, aroma and tartness, with odd spices and light wood and yeast. Not my favorite from them, especially at this price, but unique and pretty good.
Marheb (3896) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Pendant le ’’Calm before the sorm’’ ŕ 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.
Dr_Fellini (1018) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
kathouse (1418) - Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BlackHaddock (5387) - 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 (3291) - 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 (5198) - 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 (109) - 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.