Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is cinnamon, clove, other spices. Pours deep brown. You can taste all of the spices, but strangely very separately from each other. You are left with a very floral taste that was difficult to name until I read it...rose-hips...eh. Not my taste.
DuffMan (9499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark brown, generous head. Spicy chocolate, lightly yeasty, spicy bitterness. I was initially surprised to find no heat, but I see now that peppers were left out of the equation for this one. Another solid special release by Stone, and yet more proof that they are capable of making something other than a bitter bomb. Loved it.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy mocha head. The aroma features plenty of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange zest, caramel maltiness, and touches of zesty citrus way off in the background. Medium to full-bodied on the way down. A remarkable taste of fresh gingersnap cookies! Caramel maltiness upfront taste-wise. Molasses. Plenty of cloves and cinnamon follow. Kinda roasty. Touches of chocolate and smoke. The alcohol is well-hidden.
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good effort here. Black with great lacing. Aromas of yeast, banana, booze and some crisp ya or something. Aftertaste has florals and a bit of bitter. Reminds me of La Terrible a little. Some potpourri in aroma as well. On tap at Hopcat.
conway (2210) - - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby with little head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste is much of the same. Not much to it.
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BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan head. Taste is almost exclusively cloves and cinnamon. Would probably taste better if it aged.
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ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany pour with a moderate tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit with spices. Flavor is strong raisin, brown sugar & some coriander. Finishes soft, slight alcohol presence, moderately soft mouthfeel. Good ending to the Epic series.
---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Dark blackish pour w/a moderate tan head. Spiced/pine aroma. Dark belgian flavor w/a lot of spice, Ginger, allspice, some pine tar/pitch, & cloves. Smooth & easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden. Long spicy finish, a good ending for this series!
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Finally a spice ale where I can actually taste the spice. Very black, thick, smooth, and luxurious. Well done!!
puboflyons (3065) - 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.