jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber with a two-finger white head. Very spicy, musty aroma with a good amount of peach-apricot. Faint herbal hops and bitter rind. Flavor is sweeter, with a blast of pale malt to start things off. This is joined by a deep, almost cloying, fruitiness that gives way only at the very end to pepper and a light hop bite. The sweetness sticks at the back of the throat. A bigger yeast presence would have been an improvement, but good stuff nonetheless.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Pours bright amber into a tulip. Fluffy off-white head with good retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Candi, banana, caramel and alcohol aromas. Sweet spritzy caramel upfront with a chewy fruit (orange, lemon and ginger) center and lasting finish that turns to an alcohol hop bite after a few seconds. Eventually leaves an unpleasant taste that lasts after the brew is finished.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle via Rothís. Pours a clearn amber with small off-white head. Nose is candy and spice. Taste is molasses, cardomom, ginger, orange, apricot, pineapple. pepper, earthy hops. There is a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, although it isnít hot. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found a bottle before 7/7/7, but so did 67 other people. 13 months have passed and Iím immediately struck by the mellow nature of this yearís beer. Nothing about it is particularily strong, although now that I see the ingredient list I can understand why it seemed hard to grasp. VERY pretty beer, and very palatable.
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks and smells like apple cider- with a very large foamy head. Just a hint of hops in the aroma. Equally fruity flavor, with lots of plum and pear as well as apple. Rather smooth going down. This is quite good.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep tawny color with a gobby creamy head. Notes of banana found in some German Weiss brews. Fruity hops in the nose, too. Complex spice flavor that lingers and transforms as beer warms up. Citrus rinds and ginger quite evident in flavor. Usually I ainít too fond of American brewersí attempts at Belgian beer, but this one is prime! Yummy!
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle....aroma: dark fruits, sugar with quite a bit of spice that included some ginger and pepper, some yeast as well....appearance: dark amber-brown pour with an light sand colored head....taste: sweet malts, yeasty, and spiced up with some ginger, cinammon, and pepper. itís pretty sweet and sugary overall but i thought it was more than drinkable.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled. Pours amber/copper with a small comapact off-white head. Aroma of spices, lemon, citrus, slight fruitiness, and belgian yeast. The flavor is sweet, spices, fruit, lemon, and finishes with a light bitterness. Good brew.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle.
Deep golden with a spritzy head.
Aroma is fruity, apple, banana, peppery, ginger. Light notes of cardamom spice.
Ginger and cardamom are prominent in the flavor with light notes of citrus peel.
Finishes a bit sweet, and the ginger and cardamom are a bit heavy for my liking right now, weíll see how it ages out.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of yeast, light apple, banana, alcohol, pepper, and a hint of flowers. It pours a bright transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor is rather light overall. It starts yeasty with some watered down apple flavors. The finish has some hints of banana, alcohol, spice, and floral bitterness. Medium bodied with some lively carbonation that can be a tad prickly at times. Iíd have verify previous ratings, but Iím pretty confident that so far this is my least favorite Vertical Epic.