BiddleBrau (915) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan head. Malty nose and sweet. Big flavor, clear dark fruit undertones hint of roast. Alcohol is evident. Fruit profile very interesting.
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. powdery cocoa and doughy if not sweetish chocolate malts, booze, intensely spicy - loads of cinnamon, tingling ginger, mint - cakey, pine, resin and grass. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, sticky, slightly harsh spicy-piney finish. thankfully, i have only tasted the last batch of swill under the vertical epic portfolio - and won’t be tasting some more ever again. DP - for all five that we were.
lusikka (5955) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Thanks roopy.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is really spicy with gingerbread, peppery spiciness, some lovely floral notes and citrus. Rich flavour of chocolate malts, nutmeg, gingerbread, mild citrusy notes, tangy citrus, floral notes and earthy peppery notes. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a spicy, malty, peppery finish. Delightful.
laiti (5439) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home. Thanks roopy brothersfather!
Aroma has lots of spices and rosehip. Also some roasted tones in the background. Flavour is sweetish with fruity tones, spices, rosehip and some pepper. Also some licorice root and hints of dark chocolate. Intresting stuff, I cannot really tell if this is too spicy or not. Reminds me of Stone’s version of Special Holiday Ale.
olio (5856) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very interesting and overwhelming with spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger, some dark malts, yeast and ripe fruits also. Tastes like liquid ginger biscuit, some ripe fruits and caramel malts also, yeast and orange peel. Leaves a lingering spicy layer after. Very nice, especially on the nose.
tiong (3615) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from Systembolaget, thanks mto
Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of spices, cinnamon, ginger, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is spicy and roasty with notes of cinnamon, ginger, orange peel and earthy yeasty notes. Finish is smooth, slightly roasty and spicy with some dark chocolate and earthy notes. Quite well balanced and spicy ale.
crazyvin (1901) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice black body with a tan head that had beautiful lacing. Aroma had a strong dark, dried fruit presence upfront. There were notes of bread and banana. Some spices and a slight citrus note to it. There was a hint of sweetness to it too. Flavor had strong raisin flavors initially malts were bread like but there was a slight toasted element. Alcohol was a warming presence through out. The carbonation seemed restrained and the beer drank very smooth. Really enjoyed this one.
bconch (265) - - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color. Cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Taste is lots of cinnamon with a lot of layers of flavor. Finish is dry with minimal carbonation.
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought @ systembolaget. Pours hazy blackish brown with a frothy blackish beige head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is heavy spicy with roasted malts, raisin brans, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, lemon peal, burnt wood, alcohol, overripe apples and dark bread. Taste is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, caramelized apples, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peal, lemon peal, shichuan pepper, black pepper corns, burnt wood and hints of cardamon spiced dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is round, soft, heavy spicy astringent and medium bodied. finish is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, coffee, mixed christmas spices, burnt wood, hay, orange peal and soot. Way way way too spicy for me...
Hopswagger (196) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Celebrating The Final Chapter of the Verical Epic Series
And review # 200
P: Deep black abyss with foamy dark head.
S: Christmas time...Allspice, Chinese 5 spice, fruity banana esters, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon.
T/M: Intense cinnamon, mace, dark roasted coffe, nutmeg, allspice and bananas. Citrus bitterness, roasted dry malts, and a super dry molasses finish. Body is full, not overly sweet and great prickly carbonation.
O: A super bold and intense flavorful beer to end the 11 year series. What a tremendous ride I took tasting all these terrific beers. This is a surely fantastic was to end the final chapter. I grabbed another bottle to enjoy later. Cheers!