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 (1030) - 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 (8496) - 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 (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (780) - 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 (4103) - 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 (5016) - , 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.
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spice aroma predominantly cinnamon. Slight fruity esters. Peppery and clove flavor on top of the cinnamon. Finishes slightly dry and tart.
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pete4999 (1179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, basically opaque dark brown. Lots of head on it, dark coffee-brown. Raisin, cinnamon in the smell. Has a nice light fizzy feel, bot quite what I expected from it. Pretty good, a decent sweetness to it. Perhaps a little too sweet.
badwhale (391) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to glass mug. Pours an opaque black with a brown head that stays. Clove is the dominant flavor with a black coffee background. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Tons of stuff going on here. Says it’s a belgian, but you couldn’t convice me. Its more imperial stout.