Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, grapes, bread and spicy hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, caramel, faint floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Very handsome pour, a deep burnished gold getting close to the copper end of the spectrum. Crisp carbonation, thinnish head, but that seems appropriate for the style. Digging the nose, which suggests a dry-hopped beer with some substantial candi malts and floral additions. The grapes are faintly present in the nose, and the subtlety is appreciated. Problem is, it tastes like a wreck. Muscat grapes clash mightily with the hops and flowers, rendered dank by the sweet malts. I sincerely hope that ageing does this beer some good, but I wonder.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, light, gold with a thick, bubbly, white head and light trickles of lace. aroma is very nice with sweet belgian yeast, light spice notes of coriander and lavender, and oakey, white wine notes with hints pf peach and floral esters. flavor is great with the sweet yet slightly tart white grape and oakey wine notes coming through early backed by notes of pear juice, clove, and juicy-fruit gum with a light, dry, grassy note on the finish. palate is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a light, dry finish. overall, another tast addition to the vertical epic series.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber btl. Pours clear darker golden with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation a good triple appearance. Has an aroma of yeast and white grape. Crisp super refreshing mouthfeel. Crisp all the way through with a spicy and mildly dry finish. A subtle floralness that compliments the wine grapes well. A nicely done beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to OSCF for sharing! Another VE beer that tries to be memorable but isn’t. MEh
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with a strong note of lavender, other notes of gum, pepper, lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I have two major gripes with this: first, the addition of flowers is overdone, and second, the fruit juice sourness is unpleasant (as if there’s a big squeeze of grapefruit juice in every glass). This is one of those cases where "throwing too much stuff" into the pot ruined the beer. Without the lavender or chamomile or whatever, and presumably without the grape juice, this might have been a pretty decent beer...mentally erasing those aspects is hard to do, but what remains at least ^seems^ like it would have been quite solid. Oh well.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Eureka Burger. Rating# 92. Dark gold with a thin white head. Light, sweet fruity aroma, grapes for one thing. Sweet flavor as well. More light fruits, grape juice, pretty good.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not quite the beast I thought it would be,,,, pours like a well oaked chardonnay, some sediment, nose is pears, white peach juice, some malt character coming through, taste is somewhere between a beer and a wine, part of me wishes there was a bit more of that fine grape character showing through although there is a great balance between malty sweet, sour, and bitter. Reminiscent of some belgian trippels, a lot more delicate than any other stone brew Ive tasted and I guess thats why im thrown off guard.
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very small soapy head. Huge amount of carbonation, which looks like a soda pop. Dark yellow color. Crystal clear. Aroma of peaches and white grapes. Perhaps a slight amount of rubber. Flavor reminds me of a Tej (mead w/hops) than a Belgian Strong Ale. I think that perhaps the chamomile had something to do with that. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the watery side. Not much of an aftertaste. Just not feeling it for this one.
DocLock (7865) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Capone’s, fresh off the truck. Pours deep gold toard canary with 2-finger clingy white head. Nose is rock sugary pale malty, a bit caro syrupy, with florals, slight dank funky yeasty esters, and some hops. Tastes rich, rock sugary malty, with some funky, floral, chardonnay, apricot, and spicy hop notes. Very complex, and this one has well hidden alcohol, and evolves to become drier as it warms, becoming very saisony late.