zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head an aroma of spices and cloves. Taste is of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice with a bittersweet, long finish. Delicious beer, unique and great tasting for a Belgain
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.5 A: Black color. Small frothy light brown head.
4.5 S: Wonderfully spicy. Loads of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. Smooth chocolatety base with caramel, peel, and light malty backbone. Light roast.
4.0 T: Same as nose.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Lightly creamy.
4.0 D: Very tasty. Best of the night.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dk black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, some cinnamon. Taste is creamy, dry, clove, nutmeg, nice anf herbal. Nice lacing.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ink black pour, massive tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is chocolate, fruity esters, cinnamon, clove, spice, roast. Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, roast. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, spicy finish. Odd beer; enjoyable.
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Massive spices of pumpkin pie with slight floral. Black with a brown head that lingers. Spices slightly more restrained in the flavor with malt backbone in support. Bitter finish and some bready yeast.
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.
andyhwcinc (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the last week of the NFL regular season watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a robust dark tan head that is slightly bubbly. Aroma has a lot going on, notes of chocolate, cinnamon, Belgian ale yeast, flower pedals, ginger, roasted malt, and raisins. Smells outstanding and rich but delicate. Taste goes down nice and smooth and retains the complexity found in the aroma, with the addition of nutmeg. It also packs a punch without being abrasive. Really great brew to round out this great series.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.
MaBeer1972 (1826) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.
Foxbush (1820) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle The Epic poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small brown head. This is a very different ale. The nose picks up cloves and cinnamon. The ale is medium bodied with soft carbonation. There are flavors of caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. I also noted some dark chocolate. The finish lingers in your mouth with the dominate cloves. This is definitely an interesting beverage, but the spices obscure beer like flavors.