slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"I was semi-excited about this release going in. The VE series have (with a couple exceptions) been good, but not my favorite Stone beers, and I think the majority of the aged botles will be badly faded by now. So, I expected to split one bottle for a vertical and have one to myself, maybe a half. Then I poured it. Beautiful black liquid with a rather sizeable khaki head. Aroma of spices combined with chocolate, belgian fruity yeast and dry roasted malts is quite nice, and the flavor is nearly identical. Very decadent, and quite possibly my favorite bottle release in the Vertical Epic series. I’ll definitely down a couple more of these, though probably won’t bother aging any as it drinks really nice right now." Meilby (11783) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Motel Room, Motel 6, Kingman, AZ BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long spiced and orange finish. Medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Tap at Muddy Pig. Dark pour with a creamy tan head. Lots of gingerbread and molasses in this, sweet and spicy. Delicious. DocLock (11100) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops. allmyvinyl (11069) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottled shared with Steven - Cheers! Wow. Pours dark with a thin tan head, good tight bubbles that last. Aroma is a complex blend of sugar and spice and the merest whiff of alcohol. Taste is the same, with added fruit and perfectly judged hop bitterness. Finish goes on and on. Each returning sip is like revisiting an old friend. Wish I had more than one left.
gnoff (11042) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 First rating alexsdad06 (10938) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2014
1 pt 6 fl oz bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft. Sampled on March 1, 2013.
BB February 2015.
Black color with a tint of red at the bottom of the glass, dark brown head. Very spicy, cardamom, clove, citrus, gingerbread scent. Spicy, ginger, clove taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Cardamom aftertaste.
Loads of spices, feels like a Christmas beer to me, I like it!
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
BB feb 2015.
Black color, very dark brown head, minute lacings. Chocolate, raisin, spicy, cookies scent, alcohol as well. Bitter (like floral stems), alcohol, some raisin, bitter cocoa/dark chocolate taste, also spicy. Burnt, roasted, spicy aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to slight fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Lots of X-mas spices as well.
Enjoyed this more fresh for sure, leaving score from first rating.
Draft at Dutch’s mid December 2012. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor have cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, caramel, a hint of citrus and dark fruits. The ginger comes in at the finish, but is very mild. Medium bodied, was ready to drink immediately and s decent beer. jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-22. Very dark brown black body, small beige head. 3++ Modest aroma is pleasant, subtle spice, whispers of nutmeg. 7+ Flavour is fairly strongly spiced as well, nutmeg and allspice are both fairly prominent, cloves, sweet malt core, quite bitter in the finish, lingering bitterness and spice. 7++ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I think I enjoy it more in small quantities as the spice is quite assertive. Bottle shared by Blankboy. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
"Hey! You’re the unfriendly one, why are you licking my finger?"
Date: December 27, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy layers of lace
Aroma: sweet dark belgian aroma, dark fruits, sweet esters, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of clove, roasted malt
Flavor: big spicy flavor, sweet cinnamon, a tad too much clove, dark fruits try to balance the spices but have no sweetness to back it up, bitterness follows the spices for a spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: ** /4