Scubatrip (605) - 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 (738) - 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 (358) - 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 (3025) - 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 (1314) - 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 (501) - 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 (1127) - 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!
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown-colored with a beige head. Aroma of winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and more), malt, caramel and some vegetal notes. Sweetish flavor of malt, caramel, candi sugar, spices, a bit of alcohol and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Really not my thing.
dmac (4849) - 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 (441) - 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.