pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For those with a predilection for imperial stouts, pleasure will ensue from this edition of the Vertical Epic line. For those like myself, however--those who find imperial stouts favorable only on certain occasions and moods--the response will vary. I find it rather typical of the imperial stout genre. Given its similarity to the likes of Old Rasputin and other microbrew styled imperial stouts, there’s not much that significantly differentiates it from other offerings. Of course there’s a perceptible difference, but to what end? Any difference is nominal, at best. To me, it seems like an inferior version of Old Rasputin, slightly watered down with excess toasted malts. The flavor is reminiscent of the scrapings from burnt toast; the only difference is that the alcohol goads one into consuming the entirety of the offering, despite the initial distaste.
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured nice and dark into a glass. A lot of bubble action that kept up till i finished drinking my share. The head was thin but did not vanish after a few mintues. The aroma had a nice complex of a sweetness and nice roasted malts. The taste was a mix of a fruity/hoppy/spicy taste. It was very smooth, while it is low on my favorite types of beers, this one pulled through and kicked ass.
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah, I know that I"m jumping the gun on this one. Really, really dark for a dubbel- not that that’s a bad thing. Like victory says, lots of cloves in it. A bit unbalanced for my taste- hopefully it’ll be better in a few years. Rating may change then. We’ll see.
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know i’m not supposed to drink it now, so we got a second to save. Lots of clove in the flavor roasted malt gives it is smooth flavor and color, which is very dark for a dubbel.. Love to see how the second one does.
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Approprately enough, this poured a deep dark blood red. The aromas were carmel, scotch, and peaty. The alcohol was very noticeable in the flavor, which reminded me a bit of cough syrup. The palate was syrupy, unless you accidently inhaled it. In that case it started out fizzy, but would burn your nostrils for the next couple hours.
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this for my 35th birthday. Beer is nearly opaque, very dark warm brown with an average-sized, beige, frothy, mostly diminishing head. First impression is that of balance and richness. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate; Yeasty with moderate notes of cellar; Moderate note of spicy alcohol, light notes of top soil and cola. The flavor is moderate-to-heavily sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. Alcohol is well hidden. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one on tap at the Blind Tiger VSK event. Great beer! Nice sweet malts with some tartness.
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a decent, tan head. Aroma is spicy, licorice, and alcoholic. Medium-bodied with a creamy/foamy mouthfeel. Malty, sweet, roasty, and spicy. Hops are in the background, more obvious at the finish. Very tasty and complex.
TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Lager? Thats what it tasted like to me. Maybe I shoulda aged it. Either way, I was unimpressed. Bottle, pours a gentle black with amber hues. Little head and lace. Aroma of raisens and roasted malts. Dark amlt fills the flavor and a gentle alcohol finish. Not a bad brew, just tasted like some Black Lagers I’ve had, including Heavyweights Black Ocean. Not something I plan to have in the near future.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark, "root beer" brown, with wonderful, thick tan head. Intense clove, banana, smoke and honey aroma. Initial flavor is of molasas, black licorice, with a funky (in a good way) Belgian yeast fruity character. Quite drinkable, with the 8.6% alcohol very well hidden.. This will be a very interesting one once it ages out a bit more.. A unique bend of styles, but very enjoyable..