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 (2169) - 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 (1408) - 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 (2220) - 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
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ccex (1022) - 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.
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.
flatmatt (1211) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Ginger, cinnamon, clove, yeasty aromas hinting at cocoa. Flavor mixes dry roasty coffee with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, and some kind of eggy/creamy sensation that makes it reminiscent of an egg nog or an alfredo. It works really well, actually. Very good stuff.
SDalkoholic (2206) - 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 (935) - - 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 (369) - 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.