OmegaX (1369) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first VE beer I’ve had. As soon as I popped the top on this brew, I could smell cinnamon wafting out of the bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all very discernible as well as some Belgian yeast. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Looks like a serious impy stout. Taste is raw spices all over with some faint hints at a lightly fruity dubbel. Not bad. I’d love to age one so the spices didn’t seem so raw and in your face. Might be good with some pumpkin pie or a Thanksgiving meal.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber - thanks Jordan
Appearance - Motor oil, tan lacing
Aroma -Toast, Belgian yeast, cinnamon
Taste - Cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, hops
Thanks Jordan for the share. This beer was spicy... full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just great although I would see the need for aging.
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ The Trappist, Oakland, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy aroma with weak hints of chocolate and caramel. Roasted malty spicy cinnamon and clove flavor with hints of chocolate. has a roasted malty spicy finish.
HeadyDE (698) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a thick brown head that lasts perfectly and laces. When I say opaque I mean that you can’t see through it in sunlight. Nose is apricot, apple, pumpkinspice, oranges. Quite sweet, no bitterness, full mouthfeel, nearly perfect.
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - this is the first I’ve had of the Vertical Epic series, not too bad, but not enough to make me wish I’d been in on this series from the start.
SudsMcDuff (7732) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft @ Nobi .. . pours a deep black brown .. . medium foam .. . quite a bit of spice, tar and sweet chewy charcoal .. . medium finish .. . pretty good but only a snifter for me .. . . no fate but what we make.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flat black pour. Leeching dryness on the the tongue. Allspice and cloves with some roasted high-cacao chocolate. Hits me with a Cincinnati Cincinnati Chili flavor. Rare combo of a round, malty mouthfeel - with a dry finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Zymurgeist2 (1644) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Massive spices of pumpkin pie with slight floral. Black with a brown head that lingers. Spices slightly more restrained in the flavor with malt backbone in support. Bitter finish and some bready yeast.
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at work at mermaid juice
i hate to lead off my restarting of my beer reviews with something i’m so apathetic about... it smells a little medicinal to me, unlike the official description i get a lot of clove in the nose. the darkness will definitely fool the uninitiated - no coffee or roast to speak of on this particular keg. but it is getting toward the end... definitely that batch of allspice and clove that i expect in spiced belgian styles... i opened a stone 13th anniversary last night from 09 and it was better. does that help?