aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Sweet, spicy, malty, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body. Low drinkability due to the odd flavor profile. Misstep. User37895 (3042) - - DEC 3, 2011
Pour was chestnut brown with an off white colored head. Aroma of spices and fruits and bread. Flavor was the same with strong bready bitterness amd ginger type notes finishing with definite peppers, coming off almost medicinal. Mouthfeel was moderate to full with light carbonation. Meh, not a huge stone Belgian fan, although normally liking stone! That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Poured from a tap. Very sticky head. Dark brown/reddish pour. Chilies and a weird kinda ginger, medicinal nose. No hint of cinnamon. Flavor is more medicine and weird ginger. Not sure how one would age this. Not my style. Ernest (7694) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of metal, alcohol, banana, clove, orange peel.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, metallic.
Generic, boozy, and quite metallic. SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2012
hmm.. .. Pours a deep tree copper .. . medium head, medium lacing .. . cinnamon, monkey wrench, spice, and very light pepper skin .. . way to much cinnamon, derails this completely. . . abv is masked quite well, until it hits the belly .. . probably the weakest of the vertical series, but if you like spice in beer, you might be odd enough to like this . . . . You accuse me of everything around here! "Who put slippers in the dishwasher?" "Who threw a cane at the TV?" "Who fell into the china hutch?
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Date: December 21, 2011
Appearance: clear dark red, beige head, icy lace
Aroma: big green chili pepper aroma, backed by slightly sweet caramel malt
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, balancing chili pepper spicyness, light bitterness
Overall: train wreck of disjointed flavors
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
From notes. First reviewed 11/14/2011. Served on tap at Fish Bar in a mason jar.
Vertical Epic 11.11.11 has a medium brown color with amber and ruby edges. Quite a large eggshell head sits on top when the beer comes out. I suspect this may have been an overly aggressive pour. The head retains fairly well and leaves a bit of lace down the glass.
The aroma is kind of strange. I notice cinnamon first, with toasted bread, banana esters, and a fair amount of booze. From the aroma I don’t even get a hint of chiles.
The flavor starts with slightly sweet toasted grains tinged with a bit of caramel. Then it starts to go a bit crazy. Cinnamon is really the dominating flavor here, but it somehow does not mix with the other spices. Cloves and banana notes clash with the malt and cinnamon flavors, and I only get a light sense of the chiles at the end, after the beer has turned into a medicinal ethyl alcohol bomb. I wonder if some time (like a year, a month, and a day?) would heal the distracted flavor.
Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is the real victim of the brewing process. After seemingly half a sip, my tongue feels covered in some immutable oily coating that is fairly unpleasant. Like most other Stone beers, it is properly carbonated and has a heftiness to the body, which I appreciate. Just a very soft burn in the back of my throat from the chile.
This is the second beer from Stone I have had recently that has stunned me with how bad it is. I will continue to try everything they make, but I won’t be coming back to this beer anytime soon. Overall this is just too much of a disjointed mess. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. The weakest so far in a generally unimpressive series (and, cards on table, I’m no Stone hater). Dingy reddish brown pour with a fast-fading carbonation. Nose isn’t too offensive, with a dry dusty chile note riding a cinnamon swirl. Is this like a Cali winter warmer? I mean, every so often I can get down with the spice or with the chiles but I have absolutely no idea what the base beer is supposed to be ("Belgian Strong Ale" is where specifics go to die in this series). What you got is a faintly watery, indistinct beer with booze, a spray of pepper heat, and some frosting. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
[4411-20120504] 1pt6floz bottle. Spicy paprika allspice aroma has a bit of toilet bowl cleaner. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a quick foamy off-white head. Spicy allspice cleaner flavour. Medium body. Weird, just not that into it. (6/3/5-/3-/10) 2.7
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Overheard: "Have some bottom juice." "I beg your pardon?"
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, garthicus, GregClow, jerc)
More cinnamon than chiles, but chiles definitely present in the slight bite at end of sip. This beer didn’t do much for me and was fairly unremarkable.