dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a rather nice looking dark black body with an average sized dense frothy deep beige head. Aroma of chocolate under lots of "Christmas" spices, ginger, allspice, cloves, wet dark brown toast, old oranges hint of nutmeg. Fuller bodied with soft but apparent carbonation and a chalky milky finish that has some lingering spices. Flavor comes off a bit more spicey than the aroma, notes of ginger and clove dominate along with cinamon and allspice over bad chocolate and some old rotting citrus fruits. This would make one hell of a winter warmer, maybe I will grab that 3 liter bottle after all.
EvanFriend (364) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the only Vertical Epic I’ve had, and after tasting it I regret missing all the other years. Pours jet black, tastes like pumpkin pie. This is what every pumpkin ale I’ve ever had ought to taste like. Delicious.
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is loaded with black pepper, dark fruits, molasses and caramel. Amazing.
The taste is dark... molasses sweetness, black licorice, plum and grapefruit bitterness. Quite complex with some bold flavors.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and a heavier body.
It’s a sipper.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) The final of the epics. Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Aroma is pretty much loaded with spices and dark fruits. Cinnamon, plum, clove and yeast. Flavor is kind of the same. Cinnamon and clove dominate the beginning of the flavor with a mild touch of yeast spice and a little chocolate malt at the end of it. Standard Christmas Ale. A bit disappointed that it was the last of a really big series.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler, pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium tan head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smells of cloves, allspice, plums, and belgian yeast. Tastes or clove, allspice, raisins, vanilla, plums, and Belgian yeast with a pretty good hop bite for a dark beer. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with light carbonation. Overall this was a well balanced beer that was full of flavor and one of the best I’ve had of the vertical epic series and one of the best Belgian darks I’ve had ever.
bulletts (1) - North Adams, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had in both bottle and on tap. The bottle does not do it justice. Seemed darker on tap too.
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smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, orange peel, plums and raisins. Similar flavors. Medium body with average carbonation.
PorterPounder (5972) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Jet black pour with medium thick mocha colored head that sticks around a while. Aroma has a touch of licorice, some Carbona cleaner, a hint of coffee. Flavor is bold and big with some licorice accents, a touch of nutmeg, some cloves, a hint of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Slick and thick mouthfeel. Nice nightcap.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n’ Hum. Pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, moderate lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is raisins, cloves, roasted malt, brown sugar, allspice. Medium body, creamy and has good carbonation. Decent brew.
DrnkMcDermott (2873) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Tap House Grill, Westmont. Hard to pick out the nose with my sniffles, but I mostly get a note of licorice, Certainly nothing that they list as having been added to the beer. Thick legs in the glass, with a thin note of foam. I still say it has one of the most pronouced licorice tastes that I’ve found in a good beer, as in not enough to put me off. Okay, so it’s just the other spices working together, like in a root beer. Add to that roasty malts for a taste of coffee on the side, a viscous mouthfeel to make a big, syrupy beer. Glad to have had this taste; I have one bottle at home with just some 10.10.10 and 11.11.11 for company, and even that’s too much for me to have a mini-vertical. Any helpers?