JStax (5476) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured on draft. Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head of foam. Aroma is boiled potpourri over top a bowl of anise soup. Taste is a huge spice bomb. Really unpleasant overall. Definitely not my favorite Vertical Epic.
TimsRatings (421) - - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz bottle.
Being a fan of stouts and porters, this beer's almost black appearance with dark cream head earned it my first 5 in appearance.
Very subtle aroma that I cannot identify. Slight coffee taste that sits on the back of the tongue, reappearing with every exhale.
Need to try other year's versions.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown black with a 1 finger head which stays as a cap throughout the beer. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, banana bread and gingerbread. Flavor is similar, starts out on the sweeter side with the clove and banana and finishes with a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, pretty nice complex flavors despite not being a style that I typically love.
adamah (214) - California, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was decent but it’ll probably needs to mellow out a little bit with time. All the spices came through beautifully on the nose but it was a little bit too much all at once on the palate. I guess the best way to describe it is like eating a gingerbread cookie. I do look forward to coming back to this in a few years and seeing how it ages though, hopefully it mellows a bit.
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled shared with Steven - Cheers! Wow. Pours dark with a thin tan head, good tight bubbles that last. Aroma is a complex blend of sugar and spice and the merest whiff of alcohol. Taste is the same, with added fruit and perfectly judged hop bitterness. Finish goes on and on. Each returning sip is like revisiting an old friend. Wish I had more than one left.
jrodooo5 (1509) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is different! Almost a minty chocolate stout. An awesome dark pour with a big mocha head. Very unique taste & a velvety smooth texture. I love the originality.
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle, pours deep brown black with a small foamy brown head. Cloves, cloves, cloves & allspice, dates & berries. Well rounded beer with a trademark Stone bitter finish. Very nice indeed.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[750ml bottle, Jake’s Place, Edinburgh] Big thanks to Laurie at Jake’s for this. Pours a deep, dark russet brown with a small peaky head, that reduces to a mere lacing fairly quickly. The aroma is deep, tannic bitterness, dark fruit, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. On the palate, the same, it’s rare in a beer with so much inside that you can pick out so many of the constituents, but you can. Nutmeg one moment, orange peel the next. Tastes like what I remember Anchor Christmas beer to be, before I had so many they all faded into one (very nice) memory. Stronger than those beers, of course – the 12.12.12 finishes warm and tingling. Very nice indeed 
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Large tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour cherry, caramel, some cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, cinnamon, cocoa, some cherry. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely epic. This has a nose full of spices, and pours dark as night. The flavor is full of spice, but not nearly as spiced as a lot of typical winter beers. Bit of sweetness, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Overall a very fine beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone