kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a small tan head.
Aroma of molasses, prune, alcohol, and spice.
Sweet and spicy flavor. not nearly as complex as the aroma hinted at.
N3lson1 (587) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank out of a large bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark beer with nice beige head. Smells slighly of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Has a nice smooth flavor, slightly bitter, a decent beer.
Bkcaldwell (36) - - AUG 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I let this one age. Very strong taste. Sweet aroma that was surpassed by the taste. Cloyingly sweet. It was like drinking a very spicy Holiday cake. Taken in moderation pleasant. Taken too large an amount it becomes difficult to enjoy. A sipping beer to be shared with friends. Enough of them to limit the amount to 5-6 ounces. Much more and you will go into sugar shock.
UncleKorm (1100) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opened 1-Aug-15, bottle poured a black hue with large frothy tan head slowly diminishing to a thin cap. Moderate to bold spiced aromas predominantly orange and cloves. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are dark toast, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orange peel, clove and lemon. Full bodied and a warm finish.
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larsniclas (6189) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bortled from Systembolaget
Black with a large, beige head.
Spicy aroma; cinnamon, ginger.
Very spicy flavour; Manila cinnamon and ginger hete aswell. Too spicy for me!
TattooJack (325) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bomber, jet black with a very small tan collar, all I smelled was sweet & black liquorice. The taste is way less sweet than I was expecting (great). I missed out on the whole vertical epic experience, but I’m glad I was able to jump in at the end and get a taste of what’s been going on.
55x11 (37) - - MAY 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a fantastic belgian strong ale! On tap from stone liberty station. Pleasantly surprised. Pours black with tan head. Full head but quickly thinning. Spicy aroma of allspice ginger cinnamon. Maybe even gingerbread. Makes me think of Christmas. Taste of all spices above with a hint of chocolate.
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Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aromas of licorice malt chocolate gingerbread and spice. Taste is awesome full rich mouth feel with a nice lingering hop finish.
fonefan (39783) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ As Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, spicy, clove, cinnamon, light roasted, light to moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, spicy, spicy bitter, chocoÃ¦ate, cinamom, clove. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
AskForJenny (1043) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz cellared - Nice and big and chewy. Layered wonderfulness of hop, malt, and spice.