luttonm (1763) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from tap at Brouwer’s in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Deep black-brown with coating tan foam. Dark raison-fig fruit, leather. Dark and mysterious, I’d swear this is some funky aged barley wine missing all its hops. Dark smoke and earthy, creamy body, some vanilla. Great for holidays, best beer of the day.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Beautiful black with a dense tan head. Sticky roasted malts, some chocolate and molasses. Flavor brings a burst of warmth - creamy toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and toasted oak. Packs a punch. Quite tasty - big and smooth, though it wears a bit as you get through the glass.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Chalky brown pour, looks like Westy 12 in the glass. Minimal carbonation. This pour is a little cold. Faint Belgian yeast aroma of circus peanut candy and banana. Very flavorful beer. This has held up exceptionally well. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream flavors fill the month. Creamy mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms. Impressive.
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel and candi sugar. Flavors of raisin, dates, toffee, and the off cardboard-like taste. Meduim in body with a soft texture, it also has a steady creaminess throughout the sip. Mostly it stands the test of time really well. A good straight forward Belgian dark / Dubbel Ale.
Ron (2200) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Tap and Mallet Stone’s flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours a dark brown ruby with a tinge of brown and ivory. Nose is sweet and a bit malty. Taste is a bit buttery and sharp. Not that belgian but still very nice for a 7 year old brew.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Pours a deep brune looking black. Medium carbonation, spotty lacing. Nose is barleywine all the way- strawberry candies, toffee, caramel, mint. Taste is pine, spices, red candies, mint. Comes across a bit drained and bland though. Palate aerated, thinner than expected.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) clear deep brown-ruby, lack of head. Nose of chocolate, anise, licorice, Belgian yeast. Taste is strong of anise, alcohol heat, spicy, bits of cocoa, interesting mix but not my favorite. Body is medium but the carbonation has gone.
Phillies08Champs (621) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damico’s for Vertical Epic Series. Pours murky dark brown to black with some tan colored head that lingers lightly. Nose is roasted notes and fruity aldehydes, mild phenol and very little chocolate notes. First sip is similar by less intense, finish is nice with toasted bready notes.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Avenue Pub on 12/12/12. Good timing! Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a small off-white head that settles into a tiny lasting ring. Aroma of caramel, banana esters, chocolate, sweet bread, and brown sugar-toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted caramel, dried fruits (fig, raisin), bread, milk chocolate. Leathery finish. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and a sneaky amount of carbonation that gives it a crispness. Glad I got to try it. Not bad at all, even though the age shows.
MadRobin (1437) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12.
Clear (but so dark it's nearly opaque), brown with khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of dark bready malt, chocolate, caramel and nutmeg.
Taste of toffee, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate and caramel.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation.
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