Ron (2881) - 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 (9170) - San Diego County, 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 (5725) - 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.
Macegan75 (739) - 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 (7208) - 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 (2252) - 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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dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a dark amber-brown with an off-white ring. Aroma is sweet, a bit of wood, roasted malt, dark fruits. Taste is very sweet, with lots of dark fruits, wood, cloves, still some nice hops too. Lingering sweet, woody bite. Very nice.
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared really well - thanks Tom! This has been cellared Pours murky, unclear dark brown with a nice caramel colored head. The aroma has faded to Belgian yeast, tangy and sweet malts, and some molasses - pretty decent still. The flavor brings sweet and tangy malts as well with the chocolate notes having faded unfortuntately. The body is still nice - decently full. The ending of the malts and molasses linger on the tongue.
Blairgus (2991) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-12-12, tap. Dark brown almost black. Nose is nut brown ale, maybe some licorice, faint chili. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Some lime peel, burnt toast, maybe some cinnamon. Decent. No real alcohol presence.
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craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Deep cloudy burgundy pour with thin film of lacing. Nose and flavor bring chocolate roast, deep plum, further dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, cinnamon and clove. Pretty good.