DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Rich dark brown pour, frothy carbonation and an aroma of chocolate and a little sweet vanilla. Flavor is also light slightly bitter chocolate, a little vanilla and dry on the finish. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head.
4.0 S: Nose on this is quite impressive. Semi-sweet tangerine peel, oak, chocolate. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Caramel and lots of spiciness.
3.5 T: Like the nose, but not as impressive.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here.
3.5 D: Good enough. This tastes like palate fatigue.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015 luttonm (6273) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Soapy light ring, dark balsamic and cola. Light oxidation and red fruit. Bitter, chalky cocoa. Fruity oxidized body. Medium sweet. Light soy, molasses. Fair. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2009
served from a bottle
Very dark brown color with a foamy tan head, my first impression was how dry it was on the palate. I get some spiciness in the flavor along with roastiness. I’m not tasting any chocolate or orange. Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Freshly picked up from Whole Foods Chandler. Pours a viscous black with restrained tan head. Aroma is malty, spicy (think nutmeg), and surprisingly hoppy. After it airs out a bit, hops and roasted malt are about all that I can smell. Taste is somewhat fruity - orange/tangerine, with notes of chocolate and belgian yeast spiciness. Tastes kind of dirty. A surprising amount of hop bitterness. I’m really hoping that this one ages out a bit smoother than this. Too hoppy/spicy for my tastes fresh.
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 21, 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.
The color is jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is full of lag and roasted malt aromas. As you sip on it the flavor is very robust and full of barley and resin hops. The flavor does not stick in your mouth. Overall it has great carbonation and a good balance of malt and hops. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2009
(bottle). Black color. Medium tan head. Strong malt aroma with light alcohol. Strong roasted malt flavor. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish with lasting roasted flavor. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Em (102) - USA - APR 11, 2010
Very dark in color. Brown head. Very strong vanilla after taste and smell. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a dark deep purple, almost black in color. Aroma of yeast and licorice with a hint of chocolate in the taste. A malty, yeasty, alcohol taste throughout with hints of dark vanilla. A good specialty beer that my friend Jennifer brought to my house, thank Jen!!