puboflyons (2479) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The look is very dark brown to nearly black with a small head that fizzles into a ring and sticks around. The aroma is quite versatile with dark malts, a little dark fruit and a whole lot of black licorice. The body is full. On the taste there is this notable black licorice thing going on and something reminds me of potpourri for lack of a better description. Complex and lingering.
Mdsurveyor (46) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very complex. The aroma has a hint of many of the spices from the label. The taste is also equal full of many spices, but the bite overpowers the experience. Well crafted, but not to my personal taste.
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Dorwart (2431) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very large dark brown head of dense and creamy bubbles. Cellar temp so the head is about 3+ inches thick. Lots of spices in the aroma with some ginger, nutmeg, cocoa powder, dark roasted malts and a bit of sweet molasses. Color is a very dark brown. Flavor is soft malts more ginger, roasted grains, dark chocolate and a noticable bitterness. A little bit heavy on the spices though as they kind of overpower the other flavors. Very drinkable for such a dark and rich brew. Lingering chocolate and pine in the flavor with more spices (cinnamon to provide a little heat). A decent belgian style brew.
drsordr (1484) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Candy apple on the nose. Taste like a smoked Belgian strong. Candy sugar followed by roasted malt.
jhbeer (43) - - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lost my tasting notes on this, so I’m going from memory.
Pours a dark, brownish color with a nice tan head. Scent is complex, lots of spice and citrus, some yeasty earthy tones as well. Flavor is nice and sweet, up front. Raisins, gingerbread, earthiness followed by a nice balance of bitter hops in the end. Medium bodied with a nice, smooth finish.
Stone finished off their Vertical Epics with a great one.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a tullip glas. It pours a nice dark color with a tan head that lasts an average while. Arome is nice and spicy of cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol but there are also some nice estery and toasted notes. Flavor is very sweet with a little bitterness at the end. There are notes of raisins, sweet malt, esters, and spices. It finishes dry with some of the alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is decent. Overall a delicious beer.
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber into glass, dark black pour with brown head.. Aroma is hard to explain, some spice, weird..maybe licorice.... Taste is odd also, et hopps, some faint oranvge expresso, and weird to say but small hints of fish, dnt think i like it.. :/
kassner (1424) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well I don’t know what to say. This beer is so balanced as to defy definition. Great looks with dark brown color, nice head modest malt aromas, and plenty of body. Not really Hoppy but sufficient and clean at the finish, a really well made ESB if it needs a definition.
baraciisch (2289) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with tan head... Aroma of cinnamon and spices... Belgian malts, brown sugar with West Coast hops... Still slightly dry on the finish... Belgium meets West... Delicious
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ccex (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown/black with a decent tan had and lacing. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and chocolate, with lots of other stuff going on. Tastes sweet with a slightly drier finish. Body is full with a wonderful velvety smooth mouthfeel Alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a delight of a dessert beer. I’m glad to have tried it and regret not having tried earlier years’ versions.