doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2007
What a dissapointment. I was so looking forward to cellaring a bunch of these until 2012. Unfortunately I’m not too optimistic. Virtuallly zero head, though good lacing. Body was clear with an anlmost black color. Not much in the way of aroma. Mostly raisin and dark cherry. Very sweet flavor with a very long finish. Maybe a bit of coffee. Texture was watery and flat carbonation. I was unimpressed. It’s not very good now so I don’t see how it will get any better. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Deep brown color. Richness is exuded from this brew. Dried fruit, yeast and alcohol dominate the nose. Easy-drinking Belgian strong. Definitely could polish off a couple bombers of this. Rich, a little soy saucy at times (in a good way). Nice bitter finish. Really enjoyable. Can’t wait a few weeks for the next release. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Poured dark brown with foamy head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, and dark fruit. Flavor the same. Medium/light body. PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark but clear rusty red. Thin light brown noodle. Great expanding aroma as it warms. I got nothing initially then the beer just open up to me, rich caramel malts, spicy bitter hop notes, sweet banana spices, and earthy alcohol bite. Nice medium body, delicate but not overbearing creaminess, chocolate notes, just wonderful soothing deep earthy musty basement notes. I found utter enjoyment while quaffing this beer over an hour period. Quite exceptional. Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Deep clear amber body with a huge creamy copper tone head that stay with it for a spell. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Burnt molasses, dark roasted coffee, candied banana, toffee, and bready yeast.
T/M: Follows the nose with some additional fruit profiles, figs, raisins, chocolate orange, smoked barley, old leather, and dark bread. Has a nice aged flavor that compliments the complex layers that develop throughout. Once warmed even more chocolate, toffe and coffee flavors arrive and add another level of complexity. Medium creamy body with clean finish of chocolate, cocoa and aged wood.
O: Wow this has everything and continues to challenge the palate with layer upon layers of flavors and complexity. With the multitude of flavors I would expect a sloppy mess but this has developed nicely and aged to perfection. This was my favorite of all the Veryical Epics. Glad I was able to try this.
Serving type: on-tap
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very dark brown mahogany with a thin tan head. Chocolate, alcohol, caramel and dark fruits in the aroma. Chocolate and caramel with some spices reminding me of soy sauce.
Better carbonated than previous beers in the series, but just a bit thin. Nice finish with raisins , dark fruit flavors and chocolate cocoa.
Very nice beer -- so far, this was my favorite of the series of the ones tasted.
uvajed (187) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Good for the style, and definitely tasty, but rather ordinary for a one-time seasonal release; this is the definition of a good ale but does not push the envelope in any way. Almost too much going on but not enough of any single not to rave about. Drinking this, I could taste nearly everything I thought of, though the chocolate and caramel tones were most obvious. A must try, and I’m saving one to go with the other ’verts, but not what I’d hoped. chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Pours dark brown with a medium-dense frothy persistant small-bubbled pumpkin colored head. Nose is fresh smelling with brown-sugar malt notes and a touch of cinnamon and cedar. Mouthfeel is medium and silky, flavor is rich, malty, spicy with a bit of ginger and cloves. An outstanding beer! BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2005
22oz: Gorgeous ruby-red and brown - as attractive a beer as I’ve seen. Not very aromatic but hints of apricot and dates. Sweet and malty up front with enough hoppy finish to keep the taste from being cloying. Very nice - I hope I have the opportunity to taste this in several years. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Transparent brown/red pour with a big tan head that didn’t stick around too long. Spicy aroma of cloves and dark fruit. Nose is banannas and a little bit of alcohol, but that is quickly covered by a dark, roasted malt finish. Has a bit of Three Philosophers dark cherry taste. Other fruit, like plums. Yeasty. There’s chocolate, some detectable hops, and a lot of other subtle flavors that I imagine will come out more with age. Still, this is impressively drinkable now.