GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was a few fingers high and brown. It reduced over a minute or so to a thin lasting film. Clove, ginger, anise, brown sugar, and roasty malt. Medium to full bodied and delicately sweet with a bit of warming alcohol. Chocolate liqueur, a dash of espresso, and layered spices, particularly clove.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a fine head of biege. Smells like Santa: cloves, anise, coffee, and brown sugar. Smooth body, with a balanced array of delights: clove, black pepper, anise, stone fruits, ginger, a bit of burnt sugar/toffee and a long finish of coffee and spice. If I may call this a Christmas beers it’s one of the finest I’ve tasted and few I’ve enjoyed. The spices really meld well without overpowering eachother.
BMackin (1) - - DEC 6, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a light head. Big nose of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with hints of roasted malts. Taste is very similar, with dark fruits and roasted character common with most Christmas ales I’ve had. A nice seasonal selection and a fitting if not unusual choice for the final enry of the Vertical Epic series, a series that can only be typified as unusual....
Lukaduke (2067) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep umber black color with a two finger khaki foam that disappears instantly. On the nose Im getting gingerbread, burnt sugar and some yeasty goodness... lots of the same on the palate. Great silky mouthfeel with primary flavors being gingerbread, roasted malts and some light touches of citrus and dark fruit on the late palate as it leads into a brisk dry finish ! Perfect beer for the holidays.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I bought a bottle of 12.12.12 today and had to try it. This is very tasty beer. It pours dark brown with a generous tan head. The aroma and flavor are a complexity of spices. It goes down smoothly with a dry finish. Loved it.
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Day one release! Poured on draft at Stone Oceanside. Pours coffee black with thick brown head. Aromas of clove, nutmeg, dark fruits and cinnamon. Taste is dark roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, raisins, a little hoppy bitterness and subtle sugar sweetness. Finish is rather dry for how rich the beer is and has a lingering aftertaste.