ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2017 JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally getting around to rating this from backlog. In a certain sense it’s a good opportunity to take stock of the series by reflecting on my impressions and notes from the past. What I mean is that, with some perspective, I might be tempted to say that this was the last beer in the initial phase of the series, the last somewhat dark beer before Stone seemed to shift to tripel/golden/hybrid beers. It had lovely sweet malts with a hint of spicy yeast and tangy malts, slight wood and autumn fruit. Perhaps one of the most interesting and age-able of the series to this point.
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. Hoprider (679) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark clear mahogony red N: light roasted malts, raisins, cigarbox T: sweet roasted malts, mineral ripe fruits, cramamel, getting bitter in the end. Very good. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of prunes, malty, chocolate and sweet liqurice. A flavor of chocolate, malty and prunes. Aged well.DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
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Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Moderately hazed semi-dried blood color. Short head that falls quickly.
3.5 S: Strong, musty "old beer" smell. Caramel, toasty, raisin. Pepper and clove spiciness. Cocoa powder, anise, and light roastiness. Overall, pretty decent - held up well.
3.5 T: Big toastiness, light roast, caramel, chocolate. Anise, pepper, clove. Tastes like a well aged beer that was pretty good fresh.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. This is pretty damn good. Very impressed.
3.5 D: Easily my favorite so far. Not bad at all.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015 tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Still yeasty. Chocolate, raisins, sour. Not too bad though. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
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corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that immediately fizzles away into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.
Slightly spicy, leathery malt aroma that makes it seems more like a barley wine than anything else at this stage. Earthy malts with hints of leather, toffee, subtle dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Faint piney nag grassy hops provide somewhat of an herbal character that’s followed by pepper anise and licorice. Not very impressive.
Fuller bodied than expecting and thankfully more interesting than the aroma suggests. Decent balance of dark malt, earthy hops and zesty spice. None of the flavors have seemed to have held up very well, however, with somewhat stale and faded character. The malt profile stands out more than in the nose but it is earthy and leathery like a barley wine and lacking in sweetness and roast. Kind of watered down as well with faded spicy, grassy hop flavor. Slightly earthy and resinous complimented by a peppery spice presence that gives off some clove and anise. As with most of the beers inths series, this beer which was interesting upon release is kind if a faded mess at this point. I wish I would have opened it few years ago. drfabulous (7941) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Fruity nose with malty banana caramel and toffee. tcon25 (848) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle pour at Bambinos Seattle, just past its prime along with not being stored properly, however it still showed a little of promise I enjoyed it nun the less, happy to be able to try this one. Dark amber pour still some foam head, little bitter, crisp almost plum flavor, solid beer. Default would be higher if not for the condition. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours cola brown with a very thin beige head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is malty cocoa, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a touch of anise. The flavor is the same, all different levels of chocolate, with some anise and added roasted bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty cocoa and bitter dark chocolate finish. madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours mahogany with a filmy tan head. Nose is big Belgian yeast, lots of dark bread maltiness, and a dark fruitiness. Taste is the same, warm alcohol with lots of yeast, cherry, raisin, dark malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.