SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Spout’s: Turns out I will be in for a nice surprise since I had absolutely no knowledge of this beer recipe until I poured myself a glass tonight. Anyways, the beer poured a dark blackish brown color and was topped with a monstrous sizing of foam. Aroma is vivid and delivers soft delicate scents of spices such as cinnamon, dried mint, allspice, and a bit of rose water all while a sturdy base of mildly roast malt hold everything together. The smell of the yeast does have similarities to Belgian yeast but smells as though it is not an authentic strain. As for the drink, an extremely smooth velvet like palate that goes down easy which is why I awarded a perfect palate score of 5 points. The flavor is rich and robust with dark roast malts that suggest towards chocolate or light ground coffee bean but what truly makes the flavor of this beer stand out from the rest if the Belgian yeast used. It absolutely blows me away with how subtle and perfect the notes of spice actually are in this year’s Vertical Epic with all of the aforementioned spices I described in my nose. This is a well crafted dark Belgian strong style beer that i find to be balanced in full in every aspect of this recipe. Job well done Stone, you finished the Vertical Epic series with a true winner.
Johnsense (799) - - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, a thumbs worth of pillowy tan head. Aroma of Christmas - roasted malt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Spicy up front, Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, Nutmeg, Molasses, Slight ginger, roasted malt, Raisin. Lower carbonation, smooth body. Nice winter beer.
joshmcg000 (320) - Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with dark pillowy head. Aroma is very spicy, cinnamon and ginger mostly. Slick mouthfeel, creamy texture. Very spicy, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin spice. Almost to spicy for me. With dark roasty malts and a bitter piney hop finish. Pretty unique stuff, and it hides the alcohol % well.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a two finger dark mocha colored head that dissipates with no lacing. The description says it’s an Abbey ale but this pours more like a stoit. Aroma is just a medley of spices a hint of belgian yeast, along wirh a faint trace of vanilla. Taste has those elements but does finish a bit astringent from the hops which goes back to my stout comparison. Overall nicely balanced beer that I’m sure would mellow out with some aging
Gachupines (901) - USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is heavily spiced, I noticed nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a strong spice presence with the above mentioned flavors. Also present is a substantial licorice flavor which is not entirely unpleasant but is a bit overwhelming. Decent, this might be a little better if it had time to mellow though.
mcberko (6443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, burnt caramel, and molasses. Flavour of burnt molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and some slight nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Very ful-bodied and dominated by the burnt molasses and caramel. Surprisingly delicious stuff.
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a massive surprise. Pours our thick black and dark tan head. The abundance of spices leap out. Flavors of cinnamon and allspice, balanced handily with rich roasted malts and chocolate, plus a healthy dose of hops. The best way that I could describe this is as an imperial pumpkin/spice stout. Freaking delicious and dangerously drinkable.
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.
sonnycheeba (3559) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours deep, dark brown with faint ruby highlights and thick, fizzy tan head; good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy cloves, roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, dates, raisins, pine, and floral hops. Flavor is ash, cloves, bitter earthy hops, spice, roast malt, and faint dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served in a Vertical Epic glass. Really heavy on the spice. Like a bad gingerbread cookie without any sweetness.