doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Dark brown ruby color. Syrupy malty molasses roasted aroma. Very chewy palate. Malty taste with spicy complexity followed by roasted hopiness and subtle hops. High alcohol content very well hidden. onceblind (9440) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark dark brown, nearly black, with a laceful khaki head. Earthy nose with a little touch of smoked meat, classy tobacco, and bleu cheese. Nice smoked jerky flavor on the initial wave, like right after you swallow, then it gets creamy and sweet with toffee and earthy raisins, with a touch of oak and toast. Pretty sweet overall, with a big palate, and kinda boozy warm, yet complex and lovely. UncleKorm (1315) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle poured a deep brown w/ small beige head. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish from both hop and roast. Tastes are malt, barley, molasses, dark roast, licorice, anise, dark breads, and a light citrus. Full bodied, average carbonation, and a balanced mouthfeel.
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Well well, finally a beer poured for the apocalypse! This is a big beer, just judging on a first glance and the aroma. Lots of caramelized spiciness, with a very nice and well balanced malt profile, toffee and figs with some inherent yeastiness coming through reminiscent of bananas and corriander. Zesty, with some spicy herbal hoppiness coming through in the after palate. Great finish, this is a keeper! freekyp (2194) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Looks like a porter with a thick tan head, lacing to spare, and an almost opaque reddish brown body. One whiff, and you know its something altogether different. Redolent of soy sauce and clove, this brew takes a nod from the Beligians with its complex aroma and flavor. Full bodied and tart with a solid malt roasty backbone, Vertical epic tells a tale of dark fruit, soy, and sweetness, ending in a long tart chapter that finishes unlike many other stories of itís ilk.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Dark brown, very little head. Funky Belgian aroma. Big on the yeast. Very tasty stuff, some slight roasty, chocolate, spice, big malts, good stuff. Iím not gonna try to describe this any better, itís really good. Get some. TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
This was an impulse buy. It looked interesting in the display at the local beer retailer. Nice black body, big foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, maybe a little on the sweet side. That is a good beer, not too much carbonation. Very malty flavor. There is some carmal present. Very good.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Rockin this baby out of an Old Guardian glass and boy fuckin howdy it looks great. Doesnít hold a head much but oh well. Actually the aroma isnít much except for some white raisin and black charcoal. Taste is peach and plum, grape and tangerine. Smooth and sweet and could use more carbonation. I donít get clove but I do get a good Madagascar Vanilla. This ainít no Abbey Dubbel but more of a psydo-dopplebock. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2006
I about had a conniption when I realized last week that I had forgotten (after much
anticipation prior to the magic day) about the release of this yearís epic. Thanks to the
fine folks at Andyís Carryout on High St. I was able to secure a few bottles (after what
was beginning to look like a fruitless search). Exceptional nose of dried fruit, berries,
brown sugar, anise, wheat, and some smoke. The brew pours with a lovely cascade that
resolves itself into a mostly lasting stiff, creamy tan head. The brew is dark brown with
ruby highlights. Kaboom! One of a kind flavor. What else would you expect from the
twisted monkeys at Stone? The brew is mostly malty with a typical Belgian presence
however, a slight hops zing unveils itself in time for the meandering finish of bitter
flowers. The medium body is soft & creamy. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Dark brown in color with beautiful, ruby highlights and lots of fat bubbles (not typical of ale, natural carbonation) rising through the body and a moderate, but sustaining, tan head reminiscent of the head on a cup of hot chocolate. Well done spicy, bubblegummy, molasses, fruity, elderberry, milky, wheaty, and cocoa powder aroma. Just as the bottle reads, the aroma is "deep." The flavor is not as complete as the aroma on first pour. I would best describe it as "tight and shy" in the first few sips. As the beer oxidizes a while, it releases most of the aroma components into the flavor profile though they are not as distinct as in the aroma, this will most likely develop as it ages. The addition of a nice roast and and some orange fruit provide counterbalance to the sweetness in the finish. The paradox of this beer is that each taste provides a different flavor experience. Truely amazing.