I'm preparing for my Stone Vertical Epic tasting on 12/15.
I have the 03', 05', 07'-12' years, and I'm going to continue with tasting of other beers I have in my collection. It should be a good time.
Since the amount of beer is extremly limited (and I want everyone to get a decent buzz) I'm pre-gaming the tasting.
Here's the tasting so far-
To start things off I'll probably start out with a bottle for each person of the first two beers (well, maybe close to a whole bottle...)
Staropramen - Czech Republic - ligh, mild malty flavor with honeycomb aftertaste
Leffe - Belgium- very light wheat beer with flavors of clove and banana
03' Stone VE- malty, molasses and caramel, hints of coriander, trace of grains of paradise, candy sweetness, some sherry-aged notes, tart wheat, some oxidation
05' VE- Chocolate toffee, some dried fruit, anise, chocolate roastiness, dark wheat, fig, raisin, coffee, sherry, leather
07' - Ginger, very floral, some citrus, a little botanically bitter, sweet, spices, hint of yeast
08' - Nice hop bitterness, citrus, strong spice, malt candy sweetness, tropical fruit, piney
09' - Chocolate, fruit, hints of vanilla, mild oak, orange
10'- Hops, bitterness, citrus, fruit, wine grape flavors, yeast characters (had this one a while back and it was wonderful)
11' - Chile peppers, cinnamon, malt sweetness, caramel, fruit (had this one too, but wasn't impressed)
12' - Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness
Irish Death - Iron Hose Brewery - last time I had it I was **** faced, but I remember it was great LINKY for beer info
Throw in a few Omegang beers...
last two to really finish people off
Old Guardian - Stone- It's a barley wine, so will you really be able to taste anything after all the other beers?
Stone Double Arrogant - just to **** with people
Is it too much?
btw, all Stone VE tasting notes were copied from stonebrewing.com