otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep dark woods buried under a tan head which fades into a thick collar bordering a thin head. Swirls with little change.
Nose: sweet spiced woodsy and oaky with apricots, peaches, and plums. Spiced apples with a melted toffee glaze.
Palate: booze and spice drenched apricots, peaches, plums, and apples. Rustic along the sides with cinnamon sticks and wood. Bourbon vanillin and caramel sweetness mingles with firm rye spice.
Final Thoughts: not my favorite of the Vertical Epic beers from Stone Brewing but by all means, still a very happy quaff. Having embraced the wide world of craft beer quite a few years after Stone started their Vertical Epic series, it was even longer after that their beers were available in Florida. I am happy to have the more recent releases even as I covet all the earlier releases I am missing. C’est la vie.
Hopmaestro (322) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of this beast is sweet malts with cloves and cinnamon. There’s a yeasty tone in here but not overwhelming. The taste is like a big plate of figs, prunes, raisins and other dark fruits. Actually, I catch a kind of marzipan untertone also. The cinnamon is there a little bit, but the chili that’s supposed to be in here is long gone. I would have loved to try this one when fresh for comparison, but that’s impossible so I’ll have to stay true to what I know from this one.
SlackerMads (1891) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light hazy brown with a large beige head. Spicy and earthy nose. The chilies take a lot of place in the flavour, but no heat. No cinnamon. So basically there is a pretty soft and pleasant malt base with some caramel, brown sugar, light dark bread and on top of that the chilli flavours. Some dusty cocoa, wood and earth and light over ripe banana. Big bodied, soft carbonation, well balanced. Pretty mellow and soft, integrates the alcohol well.
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma was malty with caramel, cinnamon and had a hint of peppers. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, toffee, yeast, cinnamon and some subtle chili peppers. Medium body, low carbonation, warming dry finish.
Martinus (3438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, mint, malts, spicy, some cinnamon. Sweet malty flavour, cinnamon, hint of chili. Spicy finish, light pepper, caramel, light lingering cinnamon
(from 66cL bottle @ Camping RateBeers. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from some bottle shop out in the middle if nowhere. Poured dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma sweet candy citrus fruity spices. Light carb med bod. Taste starts to show the cinnamon and chili pepper still sweet
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours hazy orange/amber with an average off-white head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is full of malty caramel with some chili pepper and cinnamon underlying. The flavor is sweet caramel malt up front, moving to cinnamon and chili pepper spice, pretty simple. The body is full and sticky with average carbonation and a long sweet caramel and spicy chili finish.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Oh dear, this beer didn’t work for me. Over a cloudy amber body, nose is green bell pepper, jalapeno, light strawberry, some fruity yeast and dough. Flavor is awash with simple Belgian amber notes with that lingering green jalapeno waxiness. It lacks a pleasing balance of flavors.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium beige head atop murky copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cinnamon, some chile pepper, light candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, some orange, cinnamon, light pepper. Butterscotch creeps in as it warms. Medium body, low carbonation, alcohol fairly well masked.
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated based on notes taken 27 Dec 2011 -- Very good. Much better than the description lead me to believe.
SpringsLicker (3213) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy medium brown body with an average off-white head.
The aroma is malty, peppery, spicy.
The flavor is sweet, bready, spicy, peppery.