jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of bananas, spices, chilies, and dark fruits. Taste of bread, spice, and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Reminds of a Dubbel . Kind of bland. Zero chilies or cinnamon in the flavor. Just OK. brigg (678) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(bottle) Chestnut body with a medium tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, lots of yeast, spice (pepper, clove), banana, bread, mild alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation. Sweet, nice roasted malt flavor, noticeable alcohol, cinnamon, a little sourness (or is it the chilies?) that stays mostly under the radar. rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap. Pours very dark with brown head. Good roasty aroma with malt, cinnamon and was hard but I got a little bit of the chilli peppers. Taste was very strong and surprising with a light bitter tone. killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
22 oz. from who-the-hell-knows. Apparently only grabbed one bottle of this stuff last, last November as it doesn’t look like I rated it at all. Well, Now it’s Feb. 2013 so I suppose I should crack it open. Very warm and fuzzy on the tongue. Caramel, sweet, licorice, and alcohol that pops in now and again. Not a whole lot of spiciness going on, though I suppose that’s because it’s been sitting around for 15 months. The different flavor profiles have all mushed together in a pleasant muddle. I haven’t tried a lot of these Vertical Epics so I can’t compare to other vintages, but this works. joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. This was a really tasty offering from Stone! Sometimes, Stone beers are too much for me to handle, but this Belgian Strong Ale has a not too heavy body with a nice black color. There are notes of root beer, sweet tobacco, leather, and a sneaky spiciness from the chiles. Really tasty sipper.
Hoprider (675) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours mahogony deep red. Light film of foam N: vinous and with hints of peppers T: sweet old ale taste. Great old Dusty caramel. Perfect spice, coffee aftertaste getting dry and slightly bitter in the finish pablo951 (671) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Had it at World of Beer in Evanston IL. Pours a deep copper hue with a firm head and uneven lacing. Smells of musty hops and taste like puntang hops. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a reddish brown with yellow hues on the outside. Thin head with good lacing. The aroma is full of typical Belgian sugars and yeast. The flavor is rather ordinary, but there are cool spices... cinnamon, maybe anise, that really make the beer pop. I found it to be more enjoyable than several others in the vertical line. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bomber poured into huge tulip glass. The aroma is much like a strong dubbel with fig chewy scents- appearance is lighter than others, clear and lighter shade of brown. Taste is crazy- I had no idea what to expect with the chillies but man they make it work! Its like a blend of malt-sweet, bitter-hop, and spicy chillies! Really a remarkably well made beer! Not something I can drink regularly but a great beer. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a dark amber with shades of ruby and a medium brown head. Aroma is yeasty with malt and spice. Flavor is yeast, malt, noticeable spicy chili notes, some cinnamon, peppery notes, and sweet alcohol on the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very good and unique brew.