craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Murky mahogany with small bubbly head. Nose and flavor marked with sweet vinous nectar fruit, bright melon, white plum, and light tart tannin character. Sweet to start but dry finish. Very good.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers for 12-12-12... Poured deep, ruby/reddish, quite cloudy with a moderate, khaki head. This was nice. Full mouthfeel, not totally drying or anything. Notes of tart, rip fruit with wood and a hint of yeast spice. Not totally funky, but certainly a tartness in there that was pleasant. Also some dark sugars and malt. Not too oxidized or anything. Showed its age quite nicely.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, hazy yellow-golden pour with white head, aroma has very nice notes of slight brown sugar, vanilla, oak, raisin, tannic notes as well, pretty nice. Taste is a nice mix of oak, vanilla, toffee, nice lemony notes from the oak, hints of earth, finishing fairly dry, tannic, slightly sweet. This is very nice tasting.
Travlr (20303) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy variegated golden brown color. Aroma of vanilla, light spice, herbs. Taste is full bodied spiced straw. Very nice.
MadRobin (2728) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12.
Hazy, dark copper-orange with thin off-white head and fair lacing.
Aroma of cloves, spice, yeast, tropical fruit and caramel.
Taste of cloves, spices, caramel, yeast, and tropical fruit.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
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GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Thanks to Travlr for the share. Pours a clear, deeper amber to red in the light. Weak head with spotty lace. Nose is lemon, herbal, big vanilla. Taste is oily vanilla bean, sugar, tart lime, sweet and sour playoff. Lactic, tart finish. Quenching palate. Probably picked up a benign infection for the better here. Yum!
Ratman197 (12826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bread, grapes, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, biscuit and light grape with a crisp dry lingering oak finish.
mcberko (12998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out loads of musty grape skins, grape juice, Belgian yeast and light white wine. Flavour is similarly complex, with grape skins upfront, quite a bit of vinous notes, and light grape juice. The barrel aging is really done well here. Wasn’t a huge fan of the 09.09.09 base beer, but the barrel aging has transformed this into something great.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Brown body with creamy off white head.
S: Predominately oak and cardboard.
T/M: Heavy coffee creamer, figs coated with melted butter, apricots, honey and nice oak flavors. Dry finish in a syrupy body.
O: Not a huge difference in the original but develops a nice buttery oak taste.
Serving type: on-tap
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft notes from Capone’s. Poured dark brown and hazy with tan head. Nose was oak, bourbon, citrus fruit, raisins. Tasted dark malty, with notes of heavy oak and bourbon, some vanilla, prune, hops, figgy fruit, and a complex palate.