adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh wow, What a great complex beer! Chocolate and spice dominated the aroma. The beer poured a thick creamy black. The taste was very chocolatey and fruity but that gave way to the strong wood character and vanilla finish. A very satisfying beer.
GothGargoyle (1422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a good beige head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, wood, raisins. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, well balanced on the palate, touch of booze on the finish. Taste is chocolate, raisins, bourbon, oak.
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Musty nose, chocolate malts and some bitter flavors. Petty good.
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zvikar (3768) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black with a nice beige head, aroma of honey, plums, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, chocolate liquor, wood, roast, flavor of coffee, chocolate, honey, brandy, wood, honey, some oranges, medium to full bodied
Dogbrick (8688) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Brews Cafe. Pours motor oil black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of earthy malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sour fruit and oak. The finish is oaky with a tart fruit aftertaste. Did not have this one when it came out, but still pretty enjoyable.
wchesser (1246) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Chocolate nose with some baking spices. Foamy almost nitro looking cascading carbonation. Rich dark roast and sweet malt flavors with chocolate. Vanilla and citrus are very subtle. More complex than the wine barrel version that I had. Probably my favorite of the vertical.
tricyclist (858) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Healthy tulip pour of deep dark with finger and a half khaki head. Nose is sweet and malty, noticeable chocolate and mild spice. Thank god for mild spice. Flavor is rich and smooth, somewhat velvety, plenty of chocolate and sweetness, mild spice, which is really pleasant. I’m really surprised by this one. I didn’t think I’d dig it, not being a fan of Belgian yeast, but the spice wasn’t overbearing and really enjoyable. I guess a couple years on this one was the right call.
bwa5879 (710) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI.
Aroma: Maple syrup and malt, salted caramel
Appearance: dark brown or black. Trace of light brown suds were temporarily on top.
Taste: Average Carbonation. Sour taste with smokiness and sudsy soap texture. An overall oily chocolate with citrus zest flavor.
Finish: Bitter soapy finish. More sour tartness too.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color, almost opaque with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring and splotchy lace.
S: Roasted malts with some light chocolate undertones and a little anise. There’s some earthy greeness to it as well.
T: Dark fruit, prunes and some roast. A light chocolate is noticeable, but unfortunately this one is slightly oxidized as well. Light cardboard with some woody oak and dirty earthiness.
M: Medium heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasted and dry finish.
O: There was an odd earthiness to it and the French oak didn’t mesh well. Slight oxidation detracted from the overall "enjoyment" as well.
Serving type: bottle
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was tough to throw into a particular Belgian style. It smelled like a Dubbel with bread and malts. It looked like a strong ale with a deep brown with a purple tint. Very minimal head, a ring really. However, the carbonation held up well. Medium body and weight. Nice strong flavors that mixed well, more malts, roastiness, maybe some chocolate as the bottle suggests but not upfront or sweet. Slight hops bitterness on some sips but missing with others. Overall, worth the wait.