portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours brown with a sudsy head. Aroma has roasted malt some chocolate yeast and vanilla. Taste is much the same with the vanilla and Belgian yeast showing through. Palate is thin to medium and slick with a chalky dry finish. pushkinwow (2789) - Ottawa, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
Bomber. Black with a mocha head. Chocolate, anise, some alcohol, quite smooth, some lactose, mild carbonation and moderate body, easy to drink, some vanilla sweetness but more bitter on the finish. Probably a little past its prime but still worth trying. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Pour at the Vendome Pasadena bottle share - thanks! Brown pour, clear with a little bit of tan head. A little rubber on the front end of the taste then chocolate with a hint of orange. Pretty good. bubblehouse (1527) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2016
The bottle was 7 years old but all things considering I think it held up really well. nickd717 (4682) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle, finally rating this one this time. Dark brown with a medium khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, orange, anise, oak, herbal notes. Sweet on the flavor, chocolatey with vanilla and citrus, slight Belgian-ish yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Pretty good.
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Very dark brown in color Tall slightly creamy looking aged canvas colored head. Fairly light aromas, with dark chocolate, ash, grassy to herbal hops and dark coffee. Smooth light feel. Initial sweet malt, mocha, and bit of orange juice is rather quickly displaced. MIddle is again citric, but the dark roast malt, and dark chocolate (with vanilla) come in and gradually take over. Spices noted in the finish as the acidity continues to rise. The start to finish in the brew reminds me of a pot of coffee as it seems to get more charred and bitter the long the pot sets on the burner. LInger is long and has charred malt and wood. Acidity keeps this one light on the palate, but adds to the burnt edges. Not sure how or if this one can improve, especially since I do not since a big malt depth to this one. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Super dark black with a good two inches of brown head, it looks like a stout. It smells a lot like malty chocolate and the taste is quite similar with the addition of a belgian yeastiness that saves this from being a stout in my mind. Still, maybe its a Belgian-style stout. I got not hint of orange-chocolate candy. This was very average to me, it was neither offensive nor impressive despite the uniqueness of the beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-13-2009 02:59:24 yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Pours black with tan head that is modest in size, and retains a thin layer. Nose is somewhat restrained & not so assertive as far as Stone beers go, even with allowing the ale to warm up to ideal drinking temps. Soft chocolate aromas dominate with some of the vanilla bean behind the chocolate.
Palate offers a big chocolate flavor with some of the subtle fruits in the background, and a fair amount of bitterness towards the finish and through the long aftertaste. I see where they’re going with the "artisanal chocolate orange" but it’s just mostly chocolate and bitterness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2009
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Nice dark pour, thick and graced by a big fluffy head. Strong yeasty nose at the start, but as the beer warms I’m distressed by an aroma of wet ash. Seriously, it’s ashtray and I’m not even joking (nor am I even remotely a Stone hater). Roasted malts with mild chocolate flavors, and I suppose a faint trace of the advertised fruit. Full bodied, and a pleasant tea flavor seems to be the by-product of the hops and the other ingredients. Odd, and in some ways that’s good based on the last couple years of VE. But that nose, oof. Tough to tune that out. Ernest (7694) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of gum, pepper, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
Not too bad, esp. considering the brewery...the previous two Vertical Epic beers were truly horrible, so this is a nice surprise. Aromatically pleasant, nice mix of roasty and chocolatey notes with some mild Belgian character. A bit boozy and abrasive / rough-edged in the mouth, but overall fairly decent.