tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Wonderful! Rich cocoa with vanilla, raisins, and hints of orange up front. Dark chocolate and dark fruits, like prune and dark cherry, follow. Finish is charred oak, citrus rind, and earthy hop spices over more dark chocolate, a little booze, and hints of licorice. Beautifully balanced and complex. I’ve given Stone some rave reviews in my day. This will be no different. Incredible complexity; incredible balance; incredible flavors. I’m super stoked to have had this masterpiece, but just as sad to know I’ll never have it again. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate Malts, Cocoa, Mild Banana
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Dark Mildly Roasted Chocolate Malts, Mild Burnt Coffee, Mild Banana Bread
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, mildly Drying Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is deep brown with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor of licorice, anise, vanilla, toffee, and cocoa. Finish has a bit more vanilla sweetness than the body. Dry. Wactuary (6) - USA - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
Wow! In tap at gaslight. Nose is of rich chocolate malt mingle with Belgian yeast spicy and fruity aromatics. Poured a dark rich black with a thick head that could have lingered longer. Flavor is full and complex chocolate, burnt toast and coffee malts with mild citrus hop flavor and some fruity notes. Body is medium full bit on no way cloying. Overall it’s like a delicious imperial stout but with a nice Belgian character that adds and builds to the chocolaty character. Really fantastic! This example shows no negative signs of age or oxidation.
Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Dark orange-brown with tan head
S: Cocoa, chocolate orange, dairy cream, roasty malt, banana, clove, peppery spices, aged oak, timid coffee and a pinch of cayenne.
T/M: Chocolate sheet cake, cocoa powder, chocolate orange, orchard fruit, hints of vanilla bean. Creamy but grainy feel in a full body with prickly carbonation. Smooth finish of chocolate and oak.
O: Huge chocolate base with varying types and a good oak aged flavor that developed nicely. Bold flavors and one to really enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark ruby/black pour with a beige head. Aromas of vanilla and oak. Flavor is big roasty malts with notes of coffee and vanilla. I don’t get any tangerine in this at all and the chocolate character is closer to cocoa bean rather than a chocolate. Oak comes through in the finish as well. Decent, but doesn’t remind me of orange accentuated chocolates at all. Props to StFun for the bottle! BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a dark brown. Nice nose. Oak and bourbon. Dark fruits. Caramel. Very nice. HeadyDE (884) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber pour 1st of vertical 09-12..pours a dark brown slight black color..creamy tan head and nice amount of carbonation..comes across with coffee and porter like aromatic qualities..clearly getting the chocolate malt as stated via bottle..extremely smooth mouthfeel..very good stuff..best of the 09-12 series in my book.. ajnepple (7338) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into my Funkwerks glass. Black appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, licorice, banana, toasted malts, oak, Belgian yeast, fruity esters and a touch of spice. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Pretty rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Each one of these I try is better than the last. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during 06-10 VE tasting.
A: Dark, opaque, mocha head (single finger) which sticks around. Good lacing. Sticky appearence. Good looker.
S: Cocoa, malts, anise, cocoas, coffee. I would go on, but why waste my time - this is excellent!
T: Again: cocoa, malt, anise, coffee, back end vanilla from oak. Just outstanding.
M: Heavy, lower carb. Tacky. Viscous. Resonant.
D: This was the best of the bunch. Absolutely outstanding! I will be seeking more of this out.
Serving type: bottle