cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle aged in my cellar. Poured with quite a bit of head, as expected. This really mellowed out nicely. Funky aroma, though more subdued, more balanced. Taste was funky, bready, aged saison-type goodness. I thought this was a lot better aged 2 years than fresh. Wish I had another one.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didnít happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Murky, light orange color. Not much of a head formed.
3.5 S: A pineapple entered the fighting ring, got beat up, put on a bunch of band aids, and jumped into the fermenter. Super fruity with mango, orange, and papaya backing up the pineapple. Peppery spiciness. Despite the band aids, itís not bad. It smells like an old tripel.
3.5 T: Like the nose. Stale pineapple with all the other fruits mentioned. Peppery spiciness, light banana, and peach. Lots of fruits and quite spicy.
3.5 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Nice here.
3.0 D: Reasonably tasty. Not bad for an old beer.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015
jandd1983 (3575) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. It poured a deep copper color with a white head. The aroma was of yeasty spices, ginger, cinnamon and sweet caramel maltiness. The taste was similar to the aroma with more spices, ginger, some fruitiness and yeastiness. Good stuff.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like the Saisan flavor. Lemony, peppery, slight belgian banana, honey. Pretty good shit.
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Wombata (606) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Intense, concentrated bouquet of candied ginger and herbs, orange and orange peel.
Palate: Full body
Flavor: Honeyed ginger, herb--cardamon, floral citrus, more honey. Long, long finish.
Comment: Great integration and full flavor and mouth feel, Though I have never tried a young version of this, I imagine that the fruit and sweetness has dried out considerable and it a good way.
ryanfolty (2320) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 5, 2015 - bottle via trade. Brownish orange pour with nice amount of head that lasted a bit. Aroma was fruity, spicy, yeast and malt. Taste was fruity and sweet initially and then moves to the yeast and spice. Finish was a touch dry and maybe a splash of alcohol as well.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle: Thanks Jeff. Over 5 years old. Murky, swampy brown sludge, strange jaundice yellow tint. Opaque. Looks like ass. Big, bubble eggshell cap. Aroma is... fucken weird. Tomato juice, bubblegum, spicy Belgian yeast, vinegar, hefty ginger, sour cardamom, cooked vegetables. Like a fucked up, spiced V-8 Splash. Smells gross, tastes nearly as bad. Heavy vegetal flavors, tomato, celery, ginger, strange sourness, heavy handed cardamom, mild toasted bread, clove, orange peel in the finish. Very tough to finish. Pretty damn wretched.
fraternie (972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shows freshness at this old age, but borders on cloyingly sweet and shows heavy alcohol. Thereís some tart grapefruit and lemon citrus that add a sour hint and subtle spice is still present, but this isnít the best Vertical Epic offering.
tcon25 (486) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at Stone library station. Amazing beer. Golden pour, sweet aroma, 7 years of age and it still taste fresh.
tia (1538) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Caramel with floaters. Smells like butt out of the bottle, smells sweet in the glass. A little harsh and sour.
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Light gold pour. Sort of a menthol and pine cone character to this. Ginger spice or something like that. taste of apple sauce and light ginger. Some paper, drain water. A muddled representation of what probably used to be a great beer. Medium body, soft carbonation.