finn1918 (238) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bomber bought and cellared for about a year. Pours pitch black with an enormous head of tiny brown bubbles. Aroma is caramel, spices, and some yeast. Taste is a barrage of sweet malts and complex spices. Sweet, spicy finish. Thick, satisfying mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, and was well worth the price. Jadecy (2) - Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2017 does not count
Like the conclusion of any great novel or the cliff hanger of things yet to come, the 2012 delivered as a dramatic and satisfying ending to an epic journey.
This Belgium Dark Ale starts with a noticeable nose of rose hips...a complex malty flavor gives way to a sharp clove and allspice finish. The rose hips linger on your memory and remind your taste buds that they’re still in there.
This is an Amazing Beer! (And 5 yrs old at tasting) dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2012
With All the spices this is almost a spice herb beer. Yet it isn’t anywhere close to overwhelming as most Christmas beers. really excellent. thorongil2 (3566) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent hman43 (1887) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
It pours black with a dark brown head that produces a fair amount of lacing. The cinnamon, ginger, and allspice are the first things that come through in the aroma. There is a sweet smell that is present it whiffs after that. It has a rich, yet dry flavor with the cinnamon and ginger producing a complex flavor with the allspice combination. There is also roasted malt that is present especially on the palate. Unlike many beers in this alcohol range, the alcohol is not over powering to the point where it effects the overall flavor and taste.
SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Spout’s: Turns out I will be in for a nice surprise since I had absolutely no knowledge of this beer recipe until I poured myself a glass tonight. Anyways, the beer poured a dark blackish brown color and was topped with a monstrous sizing of foam. Aroma is vivid and delivers soft delicate scents of spices such as cinnamon, dried mint, allspice, and a bit of rose water all while a sturdy base of mildly roast malt hold everything together. The smell of the yeast does have similarities to Belgian yeast but smells as though it is not an authentic strain. As for the drink, an extremely smooth velvet like palate that goes down easy which is why I awarded a perfect palate score of 5 points. The flavor is rich and robust with dark roast malts that suggest towards chocolate or light ground coffee bean but what truly makes the flavor of this beer stand out from the rest if the Belgian yeast used. It absolutely blows me away with how subtle and perfect the notes of spice actually are in this year’s Vertical Epic with all of the aforementioned spices I described in my nose. This is a well crafted dark Belgian strong style beer that i find to be balanced in full in every aspect of this recipe. Job well done Stone, you finished the Vertical Epic series with a true winner. BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 19, 2013
Dark Brown with a brown head; excellent lacing retention. Very rich smell of caramel, pumpkin pie, spice, plums, and malts. Taste is rich taste of spices, caramel, plums, piney hops and spruce; Aftertaste is a bit resiny. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild and adds quite a bit to the flavor. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had from Stone yet, and one of the best strong ales I’ve ever had jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours opaque dark brown with a thick brown head that lasts perfectly and laces. When I say opaque I mean that you can’t see through it in sunlight. Nose is apricot, apple, pumpkinspice, oranges. Quite sweet, no bitterness, full mouthfeel, nearly perfect. Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours like a deep, dark secret ... brooding and black/red and totally opaque, with a full-up head of heavy, pock-marked foam. The aroma is meaty and aggressive, and carries over a foot from the glass to my nasal passages, hinting at some rough clove and maybe a wee bit whiskey. The drink is an adventure, a gritty and slightly dirty quaff, the almost Christmas-y blend of spices taking the predominate roll. Nice way to finish off this series. (Beer #5,000!!, 5/4/2013) cancerhawk (22) - - JUN 2, 2013
Very flavorful and full bodied beer. Sweet sipping ale with plenty of spiced flavor. Me likey.