bikeclj (18) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Wine notes and earthy dry finish with a little nuttiness and roast
Light in body
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle. opened 12/23/12. drank with father-in-law and brother-in-law. top broke off when opening. coffee, amber pour with thin head. molasses, anise, chocolate, roasted malt aroma. wet cardboard, roasted malts, chocolate. ok. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass. Really malty and quite sweet. Quite similar to 03.03.03. A bit oxidized through the finish. Mostly just generically sweet. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
This one poured a cloudy darker orange color with a beige head. Aroma was of darker candy sugar, light spice, some dark fruit, and mild oxidation. Flavor was much the same, not quite as gone and oxidized as I was expecting. This one held up better than most.
decaturstevo (6240) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Deep amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Deep sourish fruity aroma. Brown sugar, caramel malt, and a light almost clovish close. Medium body with good carbonation. thanks Brent. Iphonephan (6949) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Intense plum jam aroma. Raisins, hints of chocolate, and dark cherries. Bitter finish. Quite nice. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma had raisins, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, hints of an earthy tone, green raisin is what really stuck out in this one. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, going into sweet raisin, plums, some slight earth, nutty notes, hints of a grass as well, finishing fairly sweet, dry, with a slight tart note in there as well. Nice. cheap (5794) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman8868 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber to brown body with a nice frothy beige head that retained as a thin ring. The nose is mostly oxidation, but there’s a little bit of a dark fruity note in there. Some light yeast and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is the best of the bunch so far, still a little too thin and oxidized to really warrant being called decent, but it’s pretty drinkable. It has actually taken on some positive oxidation qualities. Finishes with some dark fruits, light roast, a little alcohol, some minimal yeastiness. Still not resembling the commercial description by any means, but this is passable as an ’aged’ beer. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier and fuller than the previous with really nice fizzy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. I would actually be able to finish a bottle of this (though happy that I didn’t have to).