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
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Wow! Stone does it again! I was very curious to try Stones take on a belgian brew... it turned out damn good! This beer is quite complex and offers a good fruity flavor. The head dicipated quickly, but who really cares. I will try to cellar one, but I don’t know if I can (I am very impatient!). The slightly-too-strong alcohol flavor is really the only drawback as far as flavor is concerned.
MM MM MM Good DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle pours a deep brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Strong chocolately aroma, with some raisins, roasted. Velvet smooth body, rich and luxorious. Sweet, milk chocolate flavors, overtones of tobacco, with the chewyness of brownies. Spicy at times, like pumpkin pie with gingerbread crust. A delicious beer, better aged for several months than I remember it being at its release. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin off-white head, big aroma with cherries, rich spices, grapefruit and caramel. Starts and ends bitter, with a long sweet ending and warming alcohol, full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and strong carbonation, amazingly complex. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle courtesy of santoslhalper, stored very well. Thanks, Jon! Awesome nose. Chocolate, candied prune, oak chips, alcohol, and mild Twizzler. Rich and luscious with very little bitterness from a hint of hops. Just incredible. Dark ruby-brown clear with light tan lacing head. Heavy oily body with silky carbonation and mild alcohol warming. Starts rich and just still a bit hot, with Twizzlers, plum and or prune, macerated raisins and brown sugar. Candi sugar and mild molasses. Oaky with just a hint of acidity. Really smooth and delicious.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Cellared properly. Clear purple body with a thing beige head. Super sweet caramel aroma with figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins, sugar, and bread. Mellow mellow taste. Very smooth with caramel, bread, vinous, dark fruit, molasses, honey and oak notes. Aging well, for sure.. OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
Opened May 2009, cellared four years.
APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black, but with a very subtle burgundy hue. Very Clear. Noticeably tan head.
AROMA: A very malty, caramelly smell, with a slight coffee note and with some definite alcohol notes present.
FLAVOR: Malt, malt, more malt. Wonderfully smooth, rich, and somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. Subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and (maybe) a slight coffee-ish note. Some noticeable bitterness of hops, but they were not overwhelming.
PALATE: Definitely leaning toward full-bodied, but extremely well balanced. There was a noticeable, but light, heat (of alcohol) about it. Would love to know where it was at ABV when we cracked it open.
NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer, but it would be a session beer that rendered me completely stupid drunk after two or three pints. It was full, but very enjoyable, and very rich.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Shyam. Better than expected. Nose of sweet licorice, roast, raisin, bread crust and chocolate. Color is nearly black. Flavor is very thick and full: raisin dominates, then dark chocolate, bark, roasty malt and subtle Belgian spice. Thick as hell - maybe even a little char. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Aroma of chocolate,mollasses, and a light hop presents. Wonderful lacing. Pours a brownish red with a light brown head. Wonderful beer.
ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2017
I bought this bottle back in 2005 and it’s moved with us from New Hampshire to Alabama to Massachusetts to another city in Massachusetts to Vermont to Oregon in the ensuing 12 years. Here we are, on the brink of yet another move and I decided, "Nope. I’m not moving all of my Vertical Epics yet again," so I decided to finally drink them. It poured a red so dark you’d swear you were trapped within the dankishly evil heart of an American politician. The head? Nonexistent. The aroma? Heavenly. Honey, earthy, yum yum yum. It was like liquid velvet silking across my tongue as the complex array of deeply-rooted flavors tagged along for the ride. Very easy to drink. Now I feel warm.