BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Rerate, 1 yr+ old and served in my NB worthy glass: The nose is still the same except for a slight oxidition. Displays fruity, smoky, grassy, and spicy vapours. No change for Apperance or Aroma. The flavor profile again has not changed much with a spicy frontend joined by some fruit and overall malty sweetness. The finish is getting even more dry but the alcohol and carbonation has seemed to die down a bit. I increased the Flavor +1, Palate +1 and overall score +1. This could be at peak right now. I canít imagine how dry this will be by 2012! (3.8)<P>
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Displays a deep brown hue topped by a large frothy beige head and moderate lacing. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of fig, prune, and currant. Additionally I discovered some smoky and chocolate malts, clove, grassy and earthy estery character. Finally a tip of the hat to some Belgian sugar components.
The flavor profile is initially spicy (clove, anise and pepper) touched by a healthy dose of bitter fruit. Depth is added by a smoked and toasty malt background, even a bit of developing yeast tone rounds out the palate. The finish is part woody dryness and moderate alcoholic astringent feel (despite what the description states). Quite lively and somewhat aggressive at this stage of development, a warming beer but never overly dominate.
The overall dryness added a complexity but I think it could end up becoming to much with aging. I gather it will peak at about one year old, will re-rate in six months, seems like a perfect beer for around Christmas time. (3.5)
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep dark brown with a thin dense and sticky tan head...smell is yeast, roasted cocoa, something smokey...not woody or meaty, just smokey...taste is spicy and slightly bitter and the bitterness builds throughout...some earthy dirty wood flavor...subtle sweetness is creeping around too...nice thick yet fizzy mouthfeel...I donít think Iím digging the burnt bitter flavor, but Iím not really too sure, and I just finished a bottle and I still donít know...
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, very little head. Funky Belgian aroma. Big on the yeast. Very tasty stuff, some slight roasty, chocolate, spice, big malts, good stuff. Iím not gonna try to describe this any better, itís really good. Get some.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Definitely one to try. Very complex with a lot of spice to it...but still very drinkable. Almost tastes like a Christmas ale or something with the clovey/pine kick they throw in, but it is still very good indeed.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot said this about the 05 05 05 version. It still applies:
"Dark ruby color, bright at sides, with a long-lasting, creamy tan head. Nice. in the nose: ah...warm, soft, fruity, rich, malty, toffeeish, enticing...delicious...alive and invigorating...much appreciated. ...and smooth and tasty on the tongue, as well. Big, fat malty taste, nary a squeak out of hops...molasses, hint of anise, caramel...richness at play on the palate. Damnably tasty! And the high abv keeps quiet, at least, so far... Iíd love it if this were a regular brew, that I could down anytime I felt. It straddles a special place between abbey dubbel and baltic porter, with a kiss of coffee/chocolate/oatmeal/nut brown stout...if you know what I mean...yummy!"
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured black with a thick head and lacing.
Aroma is sweet roast chocolate as is the flavor.
Finish is roasty and a bit tart.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Wow! It looked like a porter at first, and then when I held it up to light it looked like a really dark amber. It has a really sweet hoppy aroma and tasted like gold! This is without a doubt the best beer I have drank in a long long time.
freekyp (1871) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like a porter with a thick tan head, lacing to spare, and an almost opaque reddish brown body. One whiff, and you know its something altogether different. Redolent of soy sauce and clove, this brew takes a nod from the Beligians with its complex aroma and flavor. Full bodied and tart with a solid malt roasty backbone, Vertical epic tells a tale of dark fruit, soy, and sweetness, ending in a long tart chapter that finishes unlike many other stories of itís ilk.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours Dark brown with a very nice off white head. Aromas are banana and clove. Fruity and spicy for sure. Sugary with a touch of alcohol. Flavors were very malt drivin. Still a ton of spice. Not as fruity as the aroma, but definitly still plenty of fruit. Alcohol is not as evideint as I thought it would be from the aroma. Very Good
Dogbrick (11169) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pretty dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Thick light beige head with very good retention, and a decent sheet of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, spices and yeast. There is also a touch of peppery alcohol in the nose. Medium, spicy body with malt, clove and grassy hops flavors. Bittersweet finish of sweet malt and spicy hops. Pretty enjoyable as is, and I wonder what it will taste like in 6 years.