crazyvin (1951) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice black body with a tan head that had beautiful lacing. Aroma had a strong dark, dried fruit presence upfront. There were notes of bread and banana. Some spices and a slight citrus note to it. There was a hint of sweetness to it too. Flavor had strong raisin flavors initially malts were bread like but there was a slight toasted element. Alcohol was a warming presence through out. The carbonation seemed restrained and the beer drank very smooth. Really enjoyed this one.
bconch (290) - - FEB 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color. Cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Taste is lots of cinnamon with a lot of layers of flavor. Finish is dry with minimal carbonation.
_angst_ (2799) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought @ systembolaget. Pours hazy blackish brown with a frothy blackish beige head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is heavy spicy with roasted malts, raisin brans, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, lemon peal, burnt wood, alcohol, overripe apples and dark bread. Taste is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, caramelized apples, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peal, lemon peal, shichuan pepper, black pepper corns, burnt wood and hints of cardamon spiced dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is round, soft, heavy spicy astringent and medium bodied. finish is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, coffee, mixed christmas spices, burnt wood, hay, orange peal and soot. Way way way too spicy for me...
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Celebrating The Final Chapter of the Verical Epic Series
And review # 200
P: Deep black abyss with foamy dark head.
S: Christmas time...Allspice, Chinese 5 spice, fruity banana esters, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon.
T/M: Intense cinnamon, mace, dark roasted coffe, nutmeg, allspice and bananas. Citrus bitterness, roasted dry malts, and a super dry molasses finish. Body is full, not overly sweet and great prickly carbonation.
O: A super bold and intense flavorful beer to end the 11 year series. What a tremendous ride I took tasting all these terrific beers. This is a surely fantastic was to end the final chapter. I grabbed another bottle to enjoy later. Cheers!
vlan1 (198) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Pours black with a tan/beige head. Nose of Cinnamon and Ginger. Taste? Holy Spice Rack batman. Way to much allspice and clove. Sweet malty base but way to much clove going on for it to be drinkable.
NeoHippie2 (1015) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour with a small beige head. This is a spice bomb, tons of clove, anise, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is similar but drier than you might expect. This was my least favorite in the series, just spice overload. The roasted malts come out in the finish which is a little bitter. This one needs a few more years in the cellar.
nakedwhendrunk (2184) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark black body yielding a one finger tan foamy head, light slightly foamy lacing.
The smell is an extremely powerful spicy/sweet aromas Ive ever smelled in any beers - clove, ginger, allspice to the chocolate, malt, and sugar, if this isnt complex, then nothing is.
The taste is mainly sweet becomes spicy through all previously mentioned flavors.
The palate is about a medium to almost heavy, eh - sessionable - maybe - perhaps, chocolatey aftertaste, smooth finish.
Overall, wow, I wasn’t expecting this beer to be this good, very complex in all aspects - perhaps had it at the right time, I would have this one again in a heartbeat.
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Could not place the aroma except for soapy until I read their description and it talked of how little clove they use and that was it ... blech. Nearly black body with a nice thick medium brown head. Initial flavor impression was of root beer ... until I saw the clove and that was it. Not a fan, but they’ve built more than enough good will!
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Better than 11 VE Ale, but come on, enough with the spice for Pete’s sake. Interesting, complex, yes, but the Christmas pudding like flavor is just too much for me.