User29624 (1683) - - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle, pours a clear gold with a decent white head. Aroma of pepper and spices, banana, and a little bit of the belgian yeast. A little sweet, and easy to drink. I feel like there is still a little alcohol burn to it. Overall, a decent belgian strong. I was really hoping for a little more out of the Vertical Epic though since I always have high expectations for the series. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells of citrus, hops, Belgian yeast, banana, hop juice, resin, and spices. Poured dark gold/apple juice in color with a small, fizzy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Lightly sparkling. Slightly hazy. Small lacing. Light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter flavor. Very complex. Tastes of lemon, hops, citrus, resin, alcohol, yeast, caramel, and spices. Medium body. Thickish, sticky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Sweet, hop juice finish is a little chalky. demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bomber: Aroma big on citrus hops, pine needles, some bubble gum, light fruit almost apple aroma, and really nicely spiced. Appearance is a really carbonated golden color with a hint of amber, and a medium head that is around for a slight bit and then leaves. Taste is somewhat dry hoppy texture that lingers on throughout the taste. spices intermingle nicely, and an overall fruit texture on the back end. Overall, this stuff is quality brew in my honest opinion. Cheers! radagast83 (8013) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours golden color. Aroma is a Belgian, spicy, citrus, hop flavor. The flavor is quite more hoppy than I had initally expected. As it warms it gets even better, a smooth, creamy, wonderful beer. It’s better than the 07 offering and as good as the 06 one. Alcohol presence is not very noticeable until it hits you a few minutes later - will see how it is in a few years! kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Ahhh, 8/8/08- My wife’s birthday nonetheless.. 22oz Bottle. Pours translucent, honey-golden, with a rather light wisp of carbonation clinging to the edges of my St Feuillien goblet. A spicy, zesty, belgian yeast hits the nose- primarily clove ; and as this beauty warms, the american hoppy citrus, and tropical fruitiness start to come out much much more, as well as the banana lurking in the background. The initial burst of flavor is sweet grainy malt, candy sugar, spiciness, stone fruits (ironic?), melon, rich green hop flavor, a hit of alcohol heat ( I mean it is a well hidden 8.6, anyhow) with a well described "refreshing bitterness" .. Indeed.. A very delicious complex beer, that I’d argue might just bunk the myth of aging-The freshness will best serve the hop character that is so pleasant in this year’s version.. I suppose time will tell, but alas, CHEERS to Stone for another unique, delicious offering. The hop character alone on this one deserves some stocking up.. Underrated?
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Jerc, Garthicus, GregClow, and Hogotwn Harry, Harry’s bottle. Medium to dark yellow, small white head. Nice aroma - very hoppy, lots of lemon, very fresh. Great taste! So fresh, so hoppy, solid strong refreshing Belgian. Loved it. #2300. mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden amber, with small white head. Aroma of strong hops, grass, and cloves, not reminiscent of a Belgian at all. Taste was hoppy, spicy, and a bit biting. It grew on me as I drank it. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Not bad, but you’ll only enjoy it if you like hoppy American ales. If you’re looking for a Belgian, keep looking. NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Bomber. Pours just a little hazy with a light orange hue and a good looking head. Wow, this is quite a hoppy Belgian styled ale. Not to mention the hop profile is straight up PNW style. Strong grapefruit and pineapple mix with banana esters. Other notes of pepper, cloves, and flowers are present. A decent level of sweetness is present in the flavor and this isn’t as hoppy on the palate as I’d hoped. Still, all the citrus action makes for a zippy, drying finish. There’s something that strikes me as candish about this, but it doesn’t become cloying. Hints at apricots, cloves, and banana are made. This is a pretty decent take on the style.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
[October 12, 2008]
Bomber. Pours a hazy dark gold with a bubbly head. This stuff smells great. It’s certainly hoppy, not over the top, but hoppy. Hints of apricots, pine, pepper, and grapefruit are piercing while mellower scents of banana, clove, and fruits are present. The mouthfeel is spritzy and works well. This starts with a broad flavor encompassing hints of apricots, pot, banana, sweet fruits, and finishes dry with emphasis on lingering hop sting and earthy esters. I still like this one.
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Appley malt and bubblegum ester meet a floral and citric hop character in the aroma. Candied citrus hop flavors dominate up front. Sugarly apple juice malt character peer through. Tinges of phenolic spice mark transition to the finish. Vestiges of hops combine with bubblegum and dusty yeast characters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying and hot. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bright, golden/yellow appearance with a small, off white head and spotty lacing. Subtle yeasty aroma yields to well spiced hops, Well carbonated, full bodied mouthfeel. Spicy taste takes on characteristics of pitted fruit and resinous hops. Dry, bitter, lingering finish. This may be a good one to lay down for about a year.