HeadyDE (729) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pour 3rd in 09-12 series..medium crimson like hue..aroma is showing the chilies and cinnamon..quite smooth and enjoyable..good carbonation..enjoyable..
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with khaki head, aroma is strong belgian yeast and a bit of cinnamon, no chiles, the yeast is spicy in aroma. Taste is complex, semi sweet with a deep rich flavor, nice belgian spice from the yeast, some heat from the chilies and a dash of cinnamon, abv is masked well, very good, would love to see how this ages
Thechasm442 (703) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I canít wait to try it in a year.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i was scared to buy this, but the outlandish things added to this beer really turned out to be balanced into a nice amber malt and belgian yeast strain. a good beer...
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber worth beige ish head. The aroma is musty and grainy with a light yeasty fruit. The taste is rich and heavy on barley with a light Belgian strong ale character. There is an up front chili spice with an intense cinnamon to cover the strong grainy beer. There is a little Belgian fruity taste, apples and sort of a cherry tint. Overall interesting, not amazing but unique.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draught poured into snifter. smelled weak but poured almost reddish colour. tasted spices and spicey decent alot of flavor but nothing special
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer is clear medium brown with a light tan head. Aromas are sweet banana and spicy from the cinnamon. Taste is sweet Belgian yeast and cinnamon on the front end, but as the flavor lingers some warmth from the chilies, and some vegetable taste. The bitterness also comes in on the back end. Body is medium. ABV is disguised well. A good one in this great series.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. † Pours dark brown with thick tan head. †Aroma of bananas, spices, chilies, and dark fruits. †Taste of bread, spice, and Belgian yeast. †Medium mouthfeel. †Reminds of a Dubbel . †Kind of bland. †Zero chilies or cinnamon in the flavor. †Just OK.
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours very dark with brown head. Good roasty aroma with malt, cinnamon and was hard but I got a little bit of the chilli peppers. Taste was very strong and surprising with a light bitter tone.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. from who-the-hell-knows. Apparently only grabbed one bottle of this stuff last, last November as it doesnít look like I rated it at all. Well, Now itís Feb. 2013 so I suppose I should crack it open. Very warm and fuzzy on the tongue. Caramel, sweet, licorice, and alcohol that pops in now and again. Not a whole lot of spiciness going on, though I suppose thatís because itís been sitting around for 15 months. The different flavor profiles have all mushed together in a pleasant muddle. I havenít tried a lot of these Vertical Epics so I canít compare to other vintages, but this works.