blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh why did I try to drink this by myself. Dark. Heavy. Instanly sweet yet still very palatable. Sits in your mouth like a load of bricks. I liked it.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle: Deep mohogany brown w/a lasting light beige head. Very hefe weizen like in the aroma at first. Clove spice w/ light vanilla and banana esters. Hints of roast and chocolate. Light wheat malt aroma. Well balanced @ first but bitter in the finish. Chocolatey w/a light roasted flavor, some floral hop, and peppery yeast. Wheat malt flavored finish, dry, and light herbal hop, but the aftertaste is peppery yeast and roasty. Low esters for the most part in the flavor. Some light banana, but thatís about it. Higher medium carbonation, smooth, well hidden alcohol. Not quite sure what this is supposed to be, I know what the label says, but itís more dunkel hefeweizen like than Belgian. Still a decent enough beer, but I think itís having an identity crisis! Bitterness is also a bit high for my liking.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown color with a light tan head. Very spotty lacing. Aroma has lots of fruity esters. Flavor is also fruity with some malt in the background. Smooth dry finish. Should be pretty nice in a year or so. Worth a try.
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ale with a thin off white head. A bit sweeter in aroma than 05. In mouth, more malty with definite chocolate notes, less licorice and less alcohol in mouth, still a very smooth ale. Enjoyed on tap at BCTC 2006.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and ominous appearing in the glass, the aroma clears out anything else in your mind. You contemplate the possibiliites, because they are there but theyíre young and restless. Mindful while you approach; the yeast has revelled for itís time with this battlefield and then won by a massacre. The remnants race across your toungue to deliver spicy, estery overtones. Underneath, the malt begs attention, at first it seems the secret recipe for coca cola has been breached, but then the yeast residuals return to fog that notion and you are left again thinking of future payoffs - someday, when several seasons have passed, this one will fulfill itís promise.
blankboy (6074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a deep dark ruby-brown with an average size creamy tan head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol and lots of spices. Flavour follows the aroma and is a touch boozy, but not enough to detract much from the taste. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. This is quite good, one of the best Verticals yet and a nice version of the style.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kmweaver for sharing. Seemingly clear purple-bronze body with a medium, grayish tan head. Aroma is of cloves, mild rubber, and sweet dark caramelization. Flavor adds additional elements of sweet cocoa and dates with some balancing acidity, plus medium bitterness. Decent, lingering aftertaste. This is a unique and enjoyable entry into the Vertical Epic series.
JohnnyJ (4368) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 This was very good. Pours a deep brown. Smokey belguim fruit aroma. Tastes of dark fruit, belguim yeasts, roasted malt, and sweet spices. A bit of hops too. Nice smokey finish. Delicious.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Rockin this baby out of an Old Guardian glass and boy fuckin howdy it looks great. Doesnít hold a head much but oh well. Actually the aroma isnít much except for some white raisin and black charcoal. Taste is peach and plum, grape and tangerine. Smooth and sweet and could use more carbonation. I donít get clove but I do get a good Madagascar Vanilla. This ainít no Abbey Dubbel but more of a psydo-dopplebock.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with no head. Citrusy lemony aroma. Clove peppery notes. Spicey citrusy flavor. White pepper. Full bodied. Sweet. Finish is bitter. Very nice beer. Enjoyable.