DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours dark black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is belgian yeast, citrus, coco powder...Flavor is lots of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla beans and a little bit of citrus. For me the dark chocolate lingers a little bit to long. A tad bit on the thin side.
hopscotch (9893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is of charcoal, espresso, chocolate, light clove and a rumor of campfire smoke. Full-bodied and very silky with medium carbonation. The flavor is roasty, burnt and bitter with hints of spicy Belgian phenols. Reminiscent of a weizen bock. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish.
dchmela (2739) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Sweet malt, sugary fruit aroma with some hop popping through. Taste is bitter hop, dry fruity citrus, lot of flavors popping through. I wish I had more time to let it warm and get more into the complex flavors. good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2585) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Redlight. Very dark purple brown, essentially opaque. Smooth with flavors all over the place. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a citrus peel note emerging. Vinous and tannic at the finish, also a touch dry. Cacophonous is the word here, it seems.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a small layer of froth atop.
Aroma: Unsweetened cocoa, light rosemary, fresh bread, bit of fruitiness and a new pair of leather shoes.
Taste: Roasted malts,burnt malts, chocolate covered fruits (dried pineapple and orange), wood and smoke notes, and melted caramel. I could go on forever.
Overall: Incredible. I try not to buy into the market speak printed on the bottle, but much of it is spot on. It’s a very luxurious beer, that gets even better as it warms up. While some of the lighter Vertical Epic beers don’t seem like they will get “awesomer”, this beer just might be destined for greatness, with a bit of age on it.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 5 Points. Weird brew. Musty cardboard, chocolate, metallic, oak, and vanilla. A jumbled mess.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. from Greens on Ponce De Leon. Oh sure, you want me to be cliche and drink this on 9-9-09, but you know what, it isn’t going to happen!!! I am going to have this right now. A Belgian Ale, and this poured like a friggin nice imperial stout!? Whoa, what a good looking beer. Nice black/opaque appearance. An interesting aroma...nice chocolate malts but there is that Belgian aroma as well. To tell you the truth the chocolate/roast/coffee aromas dominate. Not as pungent as I thought it would be. Wow, what an interesting flavor. I get that Belgian flavor at first, and then I get that roast/bitter/coffee flavor at the end. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I can’t believe someone mixed the Belgian and Stout variety. I am fairly intoxicated, but I know this is something new for me. The spice, banana, fruit, and other stuff they mention is soooo subtle I don’t notice it. I just know this is a lovely beer that has me confused; very smooth.
SSSteve (3891) - - SEP 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an almost opaque black. the head forms a beige colored ring around the outside of the glass. aroma suggests stout with lots of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. flavor brings forth toast, chocolate, bitter black coffee, burnt caramel, citrus hops,. not really getting the vanilla thing here. dry, chalky, almost grassy bitter finish with a bit of heat from the alcohol.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours black with a brown tinge and creamy tan head, some lacing. Nose is chocolate orange, with some caramel and restrained Belgian yeast character. Flavor is chocolate, roast, yeastiness, more orange/citrus, a little spice, some alcohol towards the end of the glass and a long bitter hop finish that isn’t telegraphed elsewhere. It sounded a little kitchen sink, but this is balance and executed well.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Draft at Redlight. pours a deep mahogany color. Aroma is roast, some dark fruit notes, and a nice yeasty component. Flavor more assertive than i expected, with a nice hoppy bitterness coming through. very well done.