505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pruney, strong malts, yeasty. Flavor is relatively complex, sweet, mild alcoholic finsih, some clove. Appearence is nice dark brown. Nice full body, a pretty beastly beer, pun intended.
Lowe1983 (1500) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and spices. Flavor was mostly the same with the more subtle flavors first that give way to the alcohol and slight bitterness. The bitterness lingers a little. Absolutely wonderful brew. I think Iím going to age a bottle of this.
Zeswaft (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good belgian ale that blurs the line of dubbel and a brown ale. Lots of sweet malts and yeasty spiciness.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a lacy tan head. Aroma is dried fruit, toffee, alcohol and spice. Body is creamy smooth with prickly carbonation. Flavor is fruit filled, with dried cherries, maybe some banana, roasty malt, and a big punchy taste of cloves. Finish is lighty bitter with cloves and a little pine. This beer grabs my taste buds from start to finish.
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006
Thanks to 1FastSti for bringing this out. Now I donít have to trade for a bottle to discover that it is a good but not outstanding entry in the Vertical Epic line. Iím not sure how they expect this one to hold up for six more years unless you stick it in a fridge at just above freezing. This was the last of the Dubbels on the night.
Aroma / Appearance - My nose was able to detect a hint of sweetness in the form of toffee or molasses, combined with a vague fruitiness. There was also a subtle hint of yeast sitting underneath that only came out after I closed my eyes. The body was a deep cherry color with only a trace of head. It looked somewhat like I would imagine a Dubbel to be.
Flavor / Palate - The first sip was a little hot, but once the alcohol settled down I got hints of bananas, cherries, malt and caramelized sugar. There was some smoke or roasted flavor lurking underneath that slowly came out. The finish was dry and relatively easy on the palate. This one could do with perhaps a little bit of aging, but not too much. For a Dubbel it is acceptable; however it is not mindblowing enough to make me want to rush out and get a vertical of the other four in the series.
OldGrowth (3210) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Fruity, spicy. Dark fruits-plum, cherry, raisin etc, Clove, brown sugar, molasses. Dark reddish brown color, medium size head hat faded quickly to almost nothing with mnor lacing. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma. I get a little cardboard, little burntness or hint of grapefruit in there. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dryish finish. Tasty, somewhat familiar. Maybe itís the yeast they talk about.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Pours brown with a lazy tannish head. Smells grassy with some sugary elements. Tastes of molasses, and some fruit, but otherwise one dimensional. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat disappointing compared to their other brews.
On opening a second bottle of this one, I find it to be very green (and as such a potential aging candidate). The nose was bananas and bubblegum with some buttery elements suggesting a potential infection. Tastewise, this one was equally unbalanced and one-dimensional. While far from peaking, Iím not sure what this oneís going to gain through aging.
Update 12/16/13: Pours dark brown with a white thin head. Smells of oak, some vinouous notes, dark fruit, figs. Tastes of dark malt, spicy, boozy, some bourbon like elements, semi sweet chocolate finish. Definitely different from what it started out as. Ar: 7 Ta: 8 Ov: 15
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark, a bit red up to the light. good amount of head though itís pretty foamy. smell is totally candi sugar but i love it. in the flavor alcohol jumps at me right away. there was a whole lot going on, but i remember it also being a little too bitter. unexceptional light/medium body.
mjg74 (2988) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown color, loooks kind of like a coke color. Sweet yeasty aroma, lots of dark fruit. Very rich right up front. Thick roasted dark fruit flavors. A touch of yeastiness. Finish is hoppy bitter. Slightly sour. Alcohol is very well hidden. Fairly spicy as well. Very tasty.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is belgian yeast and spices. Silght caramel aroma as well. Taste is much the same. Sweet toasty malt and spices. Palate is light and bubbly. Easier palate than the appearance would suggest. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice.