Iphonephan (2220) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Spicy clove aroma. Pumpkin pie spices dominate, with some orange zest sneaking through. Bitter spice finish.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber on 12.12.12. Pours dark chocolate with a copper tan head. A little spice bite in the aroma, and taste of sweetness with clove, cinammon and other spices. Finishes nicely. I really enjoyed this last of the Vertical Epic series.
pilgrimoutlaw (641) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours opaque brownish black with thin oily head. Roast, toffee, coffee, allspice, cinnamon. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied and crisp. A tad acidic. This is classified as a Belgian, but it reminds me of certain imperial stouts, albeit with some spices.
HopandSoul (3) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and crisp. Not too overpowering. Thick tannish brown after pour and finishes strong.
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MadRobin (1399) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12.
Opaque, black-brown with thin tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of Christmas spices, dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, molasses, dark fruit and smoked peat.
Taste of sweet toffee quickly followed by dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, smoked peat and Christmas spices.
Full/medium body and low/medium carbonation.
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Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on 12/12/12. Hazy brown color. Aroma of herbs and coffee grounds. Taste is a jumble of an off mix of herbs, plus some brown bread.
dalekliz (809) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma has a lot of roastyness, chocolate malt, nuts, spices, rather dry. Taste is very spicy, with a lot of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, with roasted malt, wood. Lingering dry spiciness. Different, tasty beer. Good ending to the series.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/12/12.
Very dark brown, with a tight tan head.
Aroma is loaded with spices, allspice and clove dominate, but cinnamon and ginger, black pepper, and maybe nutmeg are there too. In addition to the spice there are wisps of chocolate and coffee. On aroma alone I’m thinking this is going to be a nice winter warmer.
Spice also dominates the flavor, clove up front, with some cinnamon and allspice layered underneath. Molasses shows up as it warms, but never gets too sweet. Finish is dry.
9% abv only shows up as a gentle warming in the belly.
Stone saved the best for last.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black with medium brown head. Somewhat malty but muted nose. Flavor is a bit rough, some roast, some esters, a little smokey, but doesnt blend all that well.
skmikeg (615) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown-black with a small tan head which fades to lacing on the edges. Aroma is of spice (cinnamon, cloves, and some ginger) roasted malts, banana, Belgian yeast, some some coffee notes. Taste is of roasted malts, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bitter orange peel. coco, coffee, and some Belgian yeast notes. Has a medium full body with slightly creamy mouthfeel and slightly spicy, slightly boozy finish. overall, a pretty nice Belgian Strong Ale and probably one of the better beers of the vertical epic series.