ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle . . pours dark brown/black with a small brownish head that disapates . . aroma is dark, roasted malts, raisin, dry fruits, sweet . . flavor is smooth but you can taste the alcohol . . roasted malts deffiinetly shine through . . almost like biting into an unripe cherry . . slightly sweet and bitter cherry finish that ends clean . . not too bad . .
Tybalt (203) - 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.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color, thinnish tan head that went away quickly after an aggressive pour. Belgian yeast aroma with lemon, fig, a hint of coffee malt. Taste is similar with some very smooth malt, spicy, dry finish, some alcohol, almost no astringency but leaves the throat tingling nevertheless.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good slow sipper. The focus is on bitter flavors--dark espresso, hops, wood, and cloves. A little bit of roundness with milk chocolate and prunes. Balanced caramel sweetness. Tastes more like a stout than a Belgian ale. Not complex except at the back of the tongue. A good but not great beer.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer came across somewhat green. I was disappointed because I went out of my way to get this. Has a sweetness to it that just hasn’t seemed to develop. I’m going to put my other bottles away and see what happens.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very dark brown, almost black with a nice wispy head. Dark fruit and licorice in the aroma. Cherry, plums and roasted malts with undertones of licorice and anise. More full bodied and carbonated than previous beers in the series. Hint of a weak coffee finish.
Very complex and heavy beer. More of a sipping beer than the others in the series, and unlike some of the previous editions, should hold up very well to time.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown. Full body mouth feel. Aroma: Malty, raisins. Flavor: Malty and fruity with roasted finish.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at Rattle n Hum pours a dark carmel color with a small head. the smell is dark carmel with some sour lactic notes. the taste is bland oxidized dark carmel with some fruity esters mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol to feel i could not drink more than 2 sips of this pint. thanks for the opportunity though
DCJack (181) - 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... I’d 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!"
Hopswagger (177) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.
S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.
T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.
O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.
Serving type: bottle