arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma has lots of ginger, clove, allspice, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits, and a slight hint of toffee and earthy tones. Taste is a bit overspiced, some nice sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit, leading into spicy ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon, some slight banana, finishing spicy and slightly sweet.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black pour, slight tan head. Smells great, tons of spices but none dominating. Cinnamon and ginger mostly with some citrus and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is smooth and balanced - spiced but not overpowering.
SHIG (4525) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: poured a deep black with a one finger tan to light brown head. Aroma is rich roasted malts and coriander. Taste is full of spices, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.
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jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with an average beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. Taste is of cinnamon, ginger, toast, roasted malts, and coffee.
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The look is dark, tan decent head, and black in color. The smell is spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some yeast, allspice, dried fruit, and ok. The taste is spices, allspice, fruit, some hops, and good.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich spices. Warm and delicious. Aging one and drinking one now. Perfect winter brew. Gorgeous in glass
Mulletreeve (18) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 from a bomber, poured straight in a Chimay glass. This is what I look for in a winter holiday beer. It's a dark ale or almost a porter with holiday spices. Beautiful dark color, quickly disappearing espresso head, smooth body, very little carbonation, with notes of chocolate, molasses, nutmeg.
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Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on Christmas Eve 2012 with Kristen. Clear dark mahogany with ample light tan head. Nose of sweet orange citrus, light roast. Flavor is more like ginger, honey, clove, allspice, roast - Reminds me a great deal of Hardywood GBS -but not quite as sweet. This is actually quite tasty, and might be one of my favorites of the series. Interested to see how it develops
johnnnniee (3743) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.
jredmond (7408) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at pony bar with Linh Christmas eve 2012. Pours a deep brownish black with chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is super spicy, ton of banana, and a lot of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium, super spicy, ton of clove, funky banana, light cinnamon and booze. Not my thing.