mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - this is the first I’ve had of the Vertical Epic series, not too bad, but not enough to make me wish I’d been in on this series from the start.
Oscbert (941) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
~Strong aroma of clove, licorice, pepper and ginger. Reminds me of the holidays. Love the smell, but not getting any malt or hops.
~Pours pitch black with small brown bubbly head.
~Strong clove flavor with same spices that were found in aroma along with cinnamon. Spices are overwhelming and make this hard to drink.
~medium full bodied with medium CO2, lingering bitter clove finish.
~The spices are too much on this. Loved the aroma, but my palate was assaulted by a spice cabinet. Needs sweetness for balance or less spices. Bummer. I was really looking forward to this.
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summit’s. Dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is cereals, caramel, cinnamon, and dates. Sweet, with a very dry finish. Medium to heavy body, velvety, grainy, and astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer; thick, dry, and fairly difficult to drink, but tasty nonetheless.
cmonster (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.
Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours very dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is very spicy, like cinnamon and ginger snap cookies, warm and nice.
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pete4999 (932) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, basically opaque dark brown. Lots of head on it, dark coffee-brown. Raisin, cinnamon in the smell. Has a nice light fizzy feel, bot quite what I expected from it. Pretty good, a decent sweetness to it. Perhaps a little too sweet.
HighWine (926) - 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.
thorongil2 (915) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent
rarbring (911) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Smelling of bread, dates, clove and ginger.
Appearance: A dark black colored beer. A brown head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting deep of roasted malt, grape-fruit peel, strong coffee and minced pie.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a very dry finish.
Overall: Extremely potent, a very stout beer. Many complex spices. Nearly too much ... but not in a bad way.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2013-05-19.
Itzjerm (905) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cinnamon and nutmeg this is the beer you are drinking. Stone always ensures good mouthfeel. But the rest is cinnamon and nutmeg. Not my thing but the best version out there. Sweet with a tea flavor. I can't say it's bad.
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