ThreeCats (297) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie.
Jesterdeal (1052) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of crazy gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Pours deep brown with a good film. Taste is great with roast, dry rub rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. Great great vertical.
portableparty (1598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a big foamy soapy khaki/tan head that slowly fades to a film and lacing. Aroma has licorice molasses and cardamon along with cinnamon canned pumpkin. Taste has much more of the above with cardamon cinnamon and canned pumpkin with roasted malt and a little heat in the finish. Palate is medium and finishes chalky and dry. Enjoyable and rather intriguing.
Boutip (3979) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves are quite strong with some light roasted malt notes and some light residuals sugar notes. Taste is also a good mix of roasted malt with some cinnamon and cloves and some residual sugar. Light spicy ginger notes are also distinguishable. Body is full with light creamy texture and good carbonation. Interesting mix of spices with solid malt backbone. I would have liked this better with some toned down roasted malt.
TheJestersBeer (1667) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head.
Roasted, very spicy aroma, malt, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, loads of ginger, coffee, earth, licorice.
Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid to high bitterness,creamy CO2.
Intensely spicy taste, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, ashes, hops, caramel, tobacco.
I’m awfully divided about this beer. On the one hand, it’s a beautifully crafted beer in the background, with a solid backbone and silky, smooth malt structures. On the other hand, it’s spiced to oblivion and beyond, and then some. I would like the spices to be more subdued and balanced. Maybe that will happen over time, but at the moment it’s verging on undrinkable, regardless of the top quality. (2013-04-27)
rlgk (7470) - Skövde, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Systembolaget, thanks to Dazz3. Dark brown beer with a quite rich beige head. Heavy cinnamon and soap aroma, clove, malty, vanilla notes. Spicy flavor, cinnamon, clove, ginger, soapy notes. This beer is more or less destroyed by all the spices. Why?
Jorn69 (48) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Havregatan. Glögg, kryddnejlika i apelsin och jul, jul, jul. Hade jag druckit den i december hade den förmodligen fått ett något högre betyg, men nu blev jag faktiskt lite besviken.
mjs (3617) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.65 l, from Systembolaget, 20130426) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had roasted malts, spices - especially clove and some Belgian style yeast. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were dark fruits, clove, other spices, yeast, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste had dark fruits, ash, roasted malts and bitter. Very complex and a bit too spiced beer but the drinkability was still good.
JStax (1673) - 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 (83) - - 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