Pailhead (5348) - 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. I’d have verify previous ratings, but I’m pretty confident that so far this is my least favorite Vertical Epic.
dmac (4444) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer. Poured a clear orangey/copper color with a small whiteish head and some visible sediment. Aroma was yeasty and spicy with a strong mint like odor as well. Palate was dry and the flavor was light yeast and some spice. This is one of my least favorite styles and this beer did nothing to change my mind, average at best.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a coppery clear with mild carbonation and a thin white head, some lacing. Aroma is overbearing with cardamon, some ginger, and hints of citrus peels in the background- lightly yeasty and phenolic- too much cardamon. More citrus and grapefruit peel come through in the flavor, luckily the cardamon dies down a little bit as well. Hints of saison--like yeast- peppery and phenolic but it is too faint and all the "extra crap" gets in the way. A little dirty and not very dry like I was hoping/expecting? Meh.
Sregnar35 (1004) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my fav. Pours a thick golden brown with a good thick head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is like cherry cough syrup, but finishes with cinnamon and sweet malt, strange and average.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour. perfect head. perfect opacity and colouring. lots of spices. taste very holiday. wish i had the patience to let it sit a little longer than 15 seconds before consuming.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber with a one finger white head. Very spicy and and sweet one the nose. Taste of tons of spice, including, ginger, orange, lemon and maybe coriander? Finish is spicy and sweet. Not crazy about this one.
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty amber pour. Nose is huge spice notes, peppery mostly, soft ginger, lemon tartness and flowers. Soft fruit notes as well. Taste is lemon-ginger soda with peppery spices, flowers, soft hops, and big Belgian yeast notes. Light malts and a soft bitterness throughout this one. Body is effervescent with a light-medium to medium feel. Finishes with more ginger and lemon, soft peppery spices, fresh cut flowers, Belgian yeast notes and mild malt flavors. Belgian Strong Ale, indeed!
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is yeasts, slightly nutty, and alcohol. Flavor is light alcohol, lemony sweet, and a candy-like fruitiness to it. Finish is spicey hops. Body is light, and a little bit of an oily feel in the finish as well. Some ageing would do this well. Maybe someday ill invest in a cellar.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a foggy copper color, thin white head. Aroma is yeasty, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel. Taste is much like the aroma, very sweet, then with the spices. This one might actually be ok in 2012 because it’s so sweet.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head that quickly fades. Brown sugar and chewy esters in the aroma, slightly dry and spicy. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: esters and plenty of warm spices (white pepper, coriander) and candy sugar; a bit too sweet right now, and unsettled; this should balance out with some age (one would hope). Lengthy, sugary and brown sugar finish.