egajdzis (5334) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Poured a deep, dark, red color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, macadamia nuts, clove, banana, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and smoked meats. Taste of more roasted malt, vanilla, light citrus fruits, with smokey, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, nougat, dried fruits, light spicy yeast, and faint alcohol, with a light bitterness in the finish as well. Best Vertical Epic iíve had yet, I like what the new guy is doing!
unclemattie (4181) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 22 oz bottle
dark, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, smells like a Belgian.
Needs to age.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hint of ruby-brown light gets through this brew, under a moderate light tan head. Spicy aroma with fruits; similar phenolic yeast notes that I associate with wheat beers. Slight medicinal touch. In the mouth, itís bitter right off the bat, with the sweet/fruit/phenol flavors overlayed. Finishes the same way it started, with alcohol warming.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black coffee in color, moderate frothy beige head, a few whisps of lacing. † Nose of molasses, brown sugar, slight anise, a touch of charred wood, and even some candle wax like aspect. † Very pale dark pitted fruit, moreso noticeable on the tongue. † Fairly sweet, yet not cloying, nearly full bodied, moderate mouthfeel. † A bit more dark pitted fruit on the exit, but otherwise moreso brown sugar, molasses, and some nutty aspects. † Not your typical Dubbel. † Warming, yet not hot. † Decent offering, just wished it had a bit more dark pitted fruit and a bit less sweetness. † Flatter than most Belgian examples too, but glad it didnít blow up when I opened the bottle. † I praise them for trying different stuff, but they still have more work to do on these Belgian styles.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2006 Rating #666: The darkest of brown with burgandy highlights, when held up to light and a small fading tan head. Aroma is spicy with dark fruit and a wiff of banana. Flavor is spicy and peppery with dark fruit and a little nuttyness finishing somewhat dry with a hint of chocolate and some banana comming through as it warmed. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Deep ruby-brown, nearly opaque, with a medium sized brown head. Heavy astringent phenol yeast aromatics, clove and some banana. Heavy clove and pineapple esters up front, melds into some bubblegum, crystal malt, and some nutty/toasty malt characters. Tinges of chalky chocolate in the finish reinforce a mild roastiness and some residual fruit esters, primarily banana. Mouthfeel is a slightly heavy medium, somewhat hot as it warms, fairly lusterous but not dry.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Very dark brown with a frothy white head which quickly diminishes. The aroma is lightly spicy, yet has some coffee notes. The body is medium at best. The flavor initially hits the tip of your tongue with some bitterness, but after that a nutty roastiness (maybe chestnuts) hits you along with flavors of chocolate and dried fruit. This should age well.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 22oz Bottle. Pours a deep dark, chocolatey brown color with a beige creamy head resting on top - fabulous retention. Loads of banana in the nose, but light and creamy like a frozen popsicle treat. Some coconut and smooth clove spice add some olfactory highlights. A mild chocolate licorice rounds out a solid malt base. Thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel without being overly heavy. This beer is going to be amazing if its already this good. The yeasty clove spice is a bit staggering as it confronts the palate at first, but it eventually gives way to some rich Belgian chocolate notes with a hint of anise. The chocolate flavors are nice and balanced without being overly dry or too sweet. Final smack of cedar cone hops and a smooth caramel maltiness. Well constructed beer with a delicious complexity as is - I will eagerly look forward to tasting this in the years to come.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably the best of the anniv. that i have had so far. Dark body, caramel and plum aroma. Taste is caramel, alcohol, a bit mettalic. Pretty good.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown to black with a lasting tan head and good lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and spice, most notably clove. Flavors are similar to what the aroma would lead you to, especially with an overpowering clove character. The clove really dominates the entire flavor profile from beginning to end. Some sweet roastiness and hop flavor try to compete. I must say that I am a little disappointed with this one.