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 (3790) - 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. 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!!
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
On tap, it was thicker and roastier, and more stout-like than a typical bsda, though it was a n easy drinker. playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours dark brown almost black, may even be black with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass. Smells like burnt coffee grounds, chocolate malt, dirty socks, and used dish water. Tastes kind of like it smells, burnt coffee, used dish water, and chocolate, leaves a milky feel in your mouth and the bitterness is in your face and lingering. I need a glass of water. JoeMcPhee (9552) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-brown pour with a thick creamy tan head. The nose is loaded with rummy spiciness. Lots of plum and spice and a kiss of vanilla. There is a lot of molasses in here as well. The body is quite lean and boozy. A little bit peppery. I’m not really a huge fan of this at all. Maybe it’ll be better in the bottle. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
22oz bottle. I can’t believe this beer has such a high score. Pours dark brown with a medium sized, creamy, light brown head with good lace. Smells very smokey with a hint of burnt rubber and a touch of malt sweetness. Tastes roasty and burned and slightly sour. Some roasty and sweet malts through the middle and more burning on the finish. Medium body, good carbonation.