jb (2018) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the most impressive beers I have ever had, and it is going to get the highest number of anything I have rated. What a good finish to an up and down series, that was mostly pretty enjoyable that I am sad is ending. Beautiful, dark thick foamy head, in a really cool glass that fanned out but was short. Sweet uber spicy nose with dark fruit and malt notes. Body starts spicy, then tasted malty, then creamy, then clean. Dark roast/smoke lingers in some sips. Tingles too. As I can’t imagine how they can improve this, I am rating this quite well.
CelticJohnny (12) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz poured into tulip. Very dark brown body with two finger khaki head. Smells bit of alcohol, dark fruit, nutmeg and dominant allspice. Tastes very similar with bit of roast malt and burn from the alcohol and spices. Medium mouthfeel with smooth, dry bitter finish. Not a bad beer, very warming!
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krompt (611) - - FEB 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as good as some of the others. Holiday flavors on this one. It was still very good though.
MayorOfSudz (11) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice cinnamon orange zest at the beginning. Good wintry spices, and the dryness prevents it from getting too deep/rich or boozy. A hint of minty chocolate towards the end. Nice.
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kraddel (2323) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Vincent .
Pours black, good grey head
Smells like ’speculaas ’ , bit coffee , cloves, ...
Taste is pretty sweet , bit bitter, very spiced . some earth .
Very full taste, yet not over the top
Taste is definetly better than the smell .
skoisirius (1438) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had back in 2012. Don’t remember this one being too standoutish, but I do remember the nose catching my attention heavily. As a finish to the Epic Series, it wasn’t as banger as I wanted it to be, I really think 10/10/10 was the ish as far as I’m concerned!
BiddleBrau (861) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan head. Malty nose and sweet. Big flavor, clear dark fruit undertones hint of roast. Alcohol is evident. Fruit profile very interesting.
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. powdery cocoa and doughy if not sweetish chocolate malts, booze, intensely spicy - loads of cinnamon, tingling ginger, mint - cakey, pine, resin and grass. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, sticky, slightly harsh spicy-piney finish. thankfully, i have only tasted the last batch of swill under the vertical epic portfolio - and won’t be tasting some more ever again. DP - for all five that we were.
lusikka (5171) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Thanks roopy.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is really spicy with gingerbread, peppery spiciness, some lovely floral notes and citrus. Rich flavour of chocolate malts, nutmeg, gingerbread, mild citrusy notes, tangy citrus, floral notes and earthy peppery notes. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a spicy, malty, peppery finish. Delightful.
laiti (4789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ home Thanks roopy brothersfather!
Aroma has lots of spices and rosehip. Also some roasted tones in the background. Flavour is sweetish with fruity tones, spices, rosehip and some pepper. Also some licorice root and hints of dark chocolate. Intresting stuff, I cannot really tell if this is too spicy or not. Reminds me of Stone’s version of Special Holiday Ale.
olio (5123) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very interesting and overwhelming with spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger, some dark malts, yeast and ripe fruits also. Tastes like liquid ginger biscuit, some ripe fruits and caramel malts also, yeast and orange peel. Leaves a lingering spicy layer after. Very nice, especially on the nose.