Block (1319) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour. Oily. Aroma is of dark chocolate, hint of coffee, and caramel. Flavor is bold, some alcohol comes through. Heavy mouth feel. A good beer but about a bottle is enough.
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black, opaque with tan wave. Spicy - clove, nutmeg, some allspice and burnt aroma, dry and very mildly bitter in the mouth. Full body, some fizz.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour. Nose of sweet, roasted malts, spice and dark fruits. Flavors similar- spicy, cooked fruits, Belgian fruity yeast, dark malts. Finished w/ a strong, dry hop bitterness.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours like crude oil with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Sweet notes of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, alcohol, sweet malt. Thick and creamy with a roasted maltiness up front, some dark chocolate, some winter ale spices, fading to an earthy maltiness with distinctive alcohol flavors. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that makes you want another gulp. A very fine beer.
PhatB420 (613) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber into a 16.9oz stemmed belgian glass while super storm Nemo wrecks the east coast. Pours a stout dark black, likeness to mild tar and pleasant carcoal. Thick and foamy medium head the covers the liquid nicely and then separates and glisens around the top. Taste is tart cherry, cinnamon, fig pie, dark cherry candies/dinner mints, and sugared peppermint.. Outstanding in the depths that the flavours mesh together while masking the abv wonderfully. My first take on the vertical series, its unfortunate I missed out on the rest. Pepper hits the noes constantly as this one goes down as well. Full bodied, with a dry begining countered by a balanced spice attack. Fulfilling, genuine, and tasty. Glad I picked this one up.
roxtersoxter (259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black color with large off white head. Very sweet smell and taste. I can tell a lot of spices went into this beer. Overall a good beer.
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tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of caramel and toffee malt, ripe fruit, spices, cinnamon. The appearance is deep brown, deep tan head, like an impy stout. The flavor is a bit spicier, bread dough, rye bread, fruit. The aroma was better. Nice thick body, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is spices, cinamon, orange peel. spices start off nice and subtle in the aroma, a bit overpowering in the flavor, and over the top on the finish. Still, nice beer, nice looking, with a nice thick body.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Super spicy aroma, Christmas cloves in my face. Hmm, way too heavy on the spices in the aroma & taste. Booze at the end. Bleh.
BlowOffTube (435) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great looking beer, jet black with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Smell of Thanksgiving spice pumpkin pie. Was hoping the taste was there but too much spice in my opinion. Dry and thick with an aftertaste of cinnamon and allspice that overpowers. Not my thing.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian Christmas ale from Stone anyone? Big body, fruity, sweet, slight roast, and a big sweet, dry finish. Good stuff, does not need to age, CONSUME!