OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opened May 2009, cellared four years.
APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black, but with a very subtle burgundy hue. Very Clear. Noticeably tan head.
AROMA: A very malty, caramelly smell, with a slight coffee note and with some definite alcohol notes present.
FLAVOR: Malt, malt, more malt. Wonderfully smooth, rich, and somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. Subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and (maybe) a slight coffee-ish note. Some noticeable bitterness of hops, but they were not overwhelming.
PALATE: Definitely leaning toward full-bodied, but extremely well balanced. There was a noticeable, but light, heat (of alcohol) about it. Would love to know where it was at ABV when we cracked it open.
NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer, but it would be a session beer that rendered me completely stupid drunk after two or three pints. It was full, but very enjoyable, and very rich.
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at stone company store. Ruby/brown pour, clear with ring of khaki head. Some lacing. Aroma: figs, molasses, grains steeping on brew day; bread, banana laffy taffy, licorice. Taste: cardboard and chocolate/toffee. Actually the oxidation in this isnít bad -- more sherry than cardboard, with a backdrop of raisins. Lightly sweet up front, but otherwise pretty dry. Full- body, creamy, good carbonation. Overall: this ainít bad. It ainít bad at all.
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Sweet leaning, but not overly slow. Some signs of oxidation after 7 years, but not spoiled. Hints of clove and other Belgian-y spices going on, and some non-descript dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Definitely a gimmick to sit on these for 12 years, especially since you can make a couple car payments by selling them. Iíve never had a bottle of my own past one year, and I donít think most of the VE releases will be better than fresh after 6-12 months anyway..."
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is faint chocolate malt and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with rich cocoa and brown sugar with nice lingering dry finish.
GG (2064) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle -
The Epic Ales series have been up and down, and Iíve had several chances to try most of them at different times in their aging lives. This one really carried itself nicely and seemed much better now than when fresh. Aroma is light chocolate, musty, spicy and yeasty. Light canned fruit also creeps in after it breathes a bit. Toffee, spicy/gingery, light mint, with a nice showing of sweetness. Nice to see it holding up, while others havenít.
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Odeed. Nose is caramel, anise, black raisins, and sweetness. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, darly fruity, and small hints of bitter and licorice. Very well preserved for a nine year old beer.
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, earth, and yeast. Flavor is similar with a bit of cocoa, dark fruit, and spice added in. Awesome.
chinchill (1954) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)
Pours black and opaque, with a good head.
This slr shows obvious barrel aging effects, including a smooth feel and well blended flavors. Itís warm with an estery finish and aftertaste; otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Flavors include vanilla, toffee, dried fruit and light spicing. Semi-dry finish.
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Deep clear amber body with a huge creamy copper tone head that stay with it for a spell. Beautiful looking beer.
S: Burnt molasses, dark roasted coffee, candied banana, toffee, and bready yeast.
T/M: Follows the nose with some additional fruit profiles, figs, raisins, chocolate orange, smoked barley, old leather, and dark bread. Has a nice aged flavor that compliments the complex layers that develop throughout. Once warmed even more chocolate, toffe and coffee flavors arrive and add another level of complexity. Medium creamy body with clean finish of chocolate, cocoa and aged wood.
O: Wow this has everything and continues to challenge the palate with layer upon layers of flavors and complexity. With the multitude of flavors I would expect a sloppy mess but this has developed nicely and aged to perfection. This was my favorite of all the Veryical Epics. Glad I was able to try this.
Serving type: on-tap
NeoHippie2 (1036) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby/brown pour with no head. Lots of dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with notes of alcohol. Big sweet malt flavor with notes of plum and dates. Finish is slightly warming from the abv. Almost reminiscent of a barleywine. Very tasty. Thanks StFun for the bottle!
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of raisin, brown sugar, and molasses. Tastes sweet and full of dark fruits. Medium body and carbonation. My overall favorite of the series.