Padron4KM (535) - 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 (872) - 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 (882) - 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.
Blairgus (2593) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-12-12, tap. Black with thin frothy head. Nose smells like an orange with cloves stuck in it. More cloves than orange. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Not a fan. Tastes like sucking on a whole clove. Very drying and bitter. Smells great for a Christmas beer. Not a big fan though.
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robforbes (2072) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a jet black with a medium fluffy khaki head, and excellent lacing.
smell is of spice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, some roasted malt, and some vanilla.
taste is smooth, spice, nutmeg and ginger are dominate, touch of clove, burnt toffee, malt, a few hops hiding in the back, and a wee bit of sweetness. ends roasty and very spicy.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugar, lots of spices including allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, with a bit of citrus peel, Belgian yeast, and some booze.
T - Starts out with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with a touch of chocolate and some dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon, and some light citrus peel. Through the middle, some more spices come through with some clove, ginger, and herbs, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with lots of spices, dark fruits, some citrus peels, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, sweet, and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big BSDA but just a touch too spice heavy. Good complexity.
larryLSB (418) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.
Phillies08Champs (687) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a dark roast finish. Medium- Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, interesting brew!
tricyclist (723) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sniffer pour, deep dark brown with full finger khaki head. Nose is quite spiced, ginger, cloves and all that stuff I never go big on. Flavor is similar, quite spiced, sharp... Smooth body, not too heavy.