nearbeer (4917) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. Opaque chocolate with a film of creamy bubbles. Spicy-sweet nose of allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a hint of dirty banana and chocolate. Taste is clove, allspice, bubblegum, wheat, charred brown sugar, ginger, lemon zest, merlot, and hints of smoky sulfur and oak. Medium-heavy body is slightly to the sweet side, but finishes well balanced and has light carbonation. Kind of tastes like a dark pumpkin ale. Normally the spiced beers are a bit overdone for my tastes, but this one strikes a nice balance.
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with a slight tan head that fades to a halo. Aroma is very christmas spicy. Overall kind of a typical christmas ale, which is typical with the latest Vertical Epics. the booze definitely comes through on this one with a slight burn on the end.
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Fat Heads Pittsburgh. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and allspice primarily with a touch of ginger. Flavor cinnamon (but more fiery, like those cinnamon fire ball candies), ginger, clove, and sweet malt. This is a spice-dominated beer and the Belgiany notes are well hidden. Still it’s pretty good, probably one of the better ones if my memory serves me accurately.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Sort of mixed feelings about the end of the vertical epic. Great concept. Some of the beers were worthy of the concept. Others, perhaps not. But at least now I don’t feel like I have to run out and buy two of any beer for a while. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. Aroma is pumpkin spice and faint chocolate. Flavor is a match. The clove doesn’t overwhelm, but it is definitely there. The allspice and cinnamon definitely show. A bit of a bread, chocolate malt backbone, dry on the finish. Just a bit too spiced for my tastes. It might fall down some over time, but I think that since it does finish dry, it may not be quite the good ager that some Belgian abbey beers are. I wish they had ended on something that was really truly meant to be consumed on the spot as the end of the epic as opposed to one that was more of a setting down brew. RERATE: Screaming clove. Really a poutpourri blast for me.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Dchmela. A full bodied beer bursting with clove roasty malt and barley. I bet this pairs well with a nice steak!
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin off white head. Huge nose of clove and cinnamon as well as roasted grains. Smooth malt with lots of chocolate, cinnamon and roasted grain in the taste. Really amazing beer.
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, nearly black pour, beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice. Tastes just like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and a very pleasant dark roastiness. Enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice kickoff to our VE tasting.
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from citrus heights bevmo. Aroma is cinnamon ans spices. Color is black with brown head. Taste is hot cinnamon and ginger bread cookie.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle. So this is how this ends, huh? Black pour. Thick tan head. Aroma of clove, all spice, some cinnamon and ginger. Maybe a touch of tar. Flavor is basically just clove, tons of other spice, maybe a bit of dirt. This is just so mediocre. The body is thin with blah carbonation. I’m not even sure what else to say about this.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.