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 (2880) - 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?
stevencon (506) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft and bottle. Black tan head. Aroma of ginger bread. Taste of ginger bread and finishes with an off medicinal flavor. Kind of all over the place. Maybe needs time to settle.
beernbourbon (1370) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a brown head - very stoutish. Aroma is very spicy and clean with loads of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, jerk chicken, and many more coupled with lightly roasted malt. Think jerk chicken rub. Flavor is big with lots of Christmas spice and more Carribean Jerk chicken flavors. More notes of fruit and chocolate come out as it warms. This is a bit over the top - which i love when it is pulled off this well. Totally worth a try.
cards04 (2153) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love this brewery. No such thing as normal. Pours black with tan head...looks stoutish. Aromas are yeasty and spicy...but the flavours are crazy...like someone had their way with the spice rack. Massive clove and allspice flavours. Bitter chocolate malts at the end. Tastes like christmas in a glass....Stone-style. Memorable beer.
zizzybalubba (1591) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours almost black with a frothy brown head reminiscent of an imperial stout. The aroma is heavy on the licorice with light dark fruits, ginger, and allspice. The taste is heavy on the spices (ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice). Some dark roasted malt leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Really unlike anything I can recall trying before and one of the better beers (if not the best) I have had in this series.
jcos (1664) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.
Appearance: Pours a dark black.
Aroma: Aroma of spice, wheat, , dark malt.
Taste: Similar to the nose - wheat,spices - cinnamon, allspice, clove, dark malt.
Summary: A nice finish to the VE series, this one seems very winter oriented which makes sense as most people are enjoying it now since the final release. Have one more bottle I’ll enjoy soon.
ben4321 (4545) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/26/13
Aroma: It has lots of Christmas-style spice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc., and some dark malts
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a small beige head and light lace
Flavor: Tastes spicy, pretty much just like the nose, lightish malt sweetness and minimal bitterness
Palate: This one has a medium body, average carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
This one is a big time spice beer. Lots of Christmas spice. Pretty tasty stuff, but if you don’t like those Christmas spice I would definitely stay away, as they dominate this beer.
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma is very spicy. Ginger might be the stand out. Xmas beer. Full bodied. Flavor is very spicy indeed. Ginger and allspice stand out. Lots of flavor in this ale. Finishes quite dry, somehow, and a little ashy/earthy. Finally I get a cinnamon note. Quite the experience.
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Downtown Wine & Spirits. Pours a very dark, rich black with a small tan head. Looks like a stout, really. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Bubblegum cuts through with orange, chocolate, and a fruity bouquet. The flavor is pretty roasty, which is a little different for the style. It starts candyish but actually finishes kind of dry. The flavor packs some cinnamon and floral spices with a complex fruitiness. Though the spices are strong, they are not overbearing like some of the past vertical epics. I suppose since this one is meant to be consumed fresh, that would stand to reason.