pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Tap at three floyds... Pours close to black with a medium frothy light beige head... Dusty chocolate aroma with citrus hop notes and even a little yeast... Chocolate and less intense roasted notes with citrus hops and mild bitterness in the finish that sticks to the mouth. Better than decent mouthfeel with a nice fluffy yahoo. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Poured dark brown/black, roasted malts, chocolate, spice, little wood, little dark fruits, slight coffee. grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a dark brown color with a small off white head. aroma is nice chocolate with some dark fruit aromas as well as some vanillia. Taste is smokey with lots of oak, chocolate, and vanillia. Burnt coffee and some real mild hops. Pretty good. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours dark opaque brown with a thick dense biege head. The nose is chocolate with saw dust. A bit of a raisin note with some peppery clovish character. I think a catch a bit of spruce or mint as well. A lot more chocolate flavor with quite a bit of heat. Full body and dry in the finish. Pretty tasty. Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Nearly black pour with a small light brown head. Malt, chocolate, coffee aromas. Flavor is exceptionally smooth with a little fruit, malt, and coffee coming through. Not as sweet as I thought it would be (hops?) and the alcohol is well hidden.
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
9/09/2009: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09... Aroma: Boozy chocolate, licorice, and char. Appearance: Opaque, chocolaty brown color; large foamy brown head, reverse cascading effect. Flavor: Intensely sharp dark fruits with undertones of chocolate and banana; quite metallic; spicy; dry, roasty and some tobacco, overly bitter, weird finish. Palate: Medium-full, velvety smooth. Overall: WTF? This is one strange brew. Smells okay, but tastes really strange. I think it needs a bit of time to meld or something... I don’t care for this beer that much at all! It is quite a disaster and doesn’t really work.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 8.9% Alc/Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #115 for this beer.
On tap at redlight. This smells more like a porter to me than a strong. Maybe a little too much hops to be a porter, but still. Very roasty chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Really like this! DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours onyx with 2-finger brown head. Nose is a complex mix of roasty dark malt, cacao, hops, figgy fruit, licorice. Tastes dark malty, with notes of dark choc, molasses, cacao, anise, vanilla, oak, and backup coffee and hops. Gets hoppier late, with a little heat. I did not get much banana or Belgian aromas or flavors from this, and seemed to get more hops. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2009
From 22oz bottle in a Trappist glass at 43°. Color is black with mellow carbonation and a tight, thick brown head. Aroma is a deep roasted scent with back tones of fruit, yeast and oak. Taste is dry, toasted and spicy. Starting with a bold medium body it goes down rich with a slightly sharp feel. Finish jumps out roasted and burnt with a bold bitterness and bitter-sweet chocolate taste, then some vanilla, orange peel and an earthy soil like taste. After taste is dry, burnt and citric that leaves you with a black coffee taste. This is an interesting brew, I don’t get any Belgian notes from it and think it should be categorized as an Imperial Porter. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Pours a deep brown mahogany with thick creamy tan head. Dark chocolate, truffle, berries, banana, vanilla, oak, hint of roasted coffee, and orange peel. I am a fan of this beer, will need to buy more.