VALIS (210) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very spicy, clove in particular, also a little cinnamon, nutmeg, black licorice. And clove. Did I mention clove? Because there’s a lot of it here. The spices actually mellow out as the beer warms to room temperature, or my tastebuds were just blown by that point. Sounds like I didn’t like it and that’s not true, but you really need to be in the mood for a liquid spice cabinet.
Sikash (208) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a tullip glas. It pours a nice dark color with a tan head that lasts an average while. Arome is nice and spicy of cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol but there are also some nice estery and toasted notes. Flavor is very sweet with a little bitterness at the end. There are notes of raisins, sweet malt, esters, and spices. It finishes dry with some of the alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is decent. Overall a delicious beer.
BierFiend (205) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Smells of spices, bitter, malts, and nutmeg. Tastes of spices, bitter, malts, and nutmeg. Very pleasant spice left on the tongue and light bitter.
BazookaJoe (202) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan head. Taste is almost exclusively cloves and cinnamon. Would probably taste better if it aged.
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dlihcsnatas (199) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured up a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate malts and spice. The taste is mostly spice with some hints at the malts used. Seemed that the ginger and allspice dominated but letting it sit on the tongue a while could kind of pick out some of the others. Very good brew. This is the first time I have seen Vertical Epic on the shelves and now I am wishing my local stores had been on top of this so I could have tried the others. Oh well at least I got to check this one out.
EvanFriend (197) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the only Vertical Epic I’ve had, and after tasting it I regret missing all the other years. Pours jet black, tastes like pumpkin pie. This is what every pumpkin ale I’ve ever had ought to taste like. Delicious.
roxtersoxter (192) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black color with large off white head. Very sweet smell and taste. I can tell a lot of spices went into this beer. Overall a good beer.
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tobias (188) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle: upon opening the bottle I could smell the sweet spice. It was very pleasant and not overpowering. The pour was much darker than I was expecting from a Belgian stong ale. Much more stout like in appearance. The aroma is of malt and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. hints of roastiness. The flavor is a amazing blend of toasty, roasty, spice, chocolate and malt. Spice is not overbearing and less sweet than I was expecting. It’s like a Belgian spiced stout. I think spice beers can get out of control/balance really quick, but this is a great example of what an world class brewery can create.
Fantomasus (187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange cat... Aroma is overwhelmed with spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, etc... There are undertones of burnt orange and... metal? Taste is weighted towards bitter with some light sweet/sour/salt. Palate is a low point... thick, oily, bitter, and too much clover in the nose. Fascinating brew but won’t buy again.
reberiii (186) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, black pour, opaque, with three fingers of caramel foam. Slightly Belgian nose, bitter roast finish. As this beer warms, the dark fruit nose becomes more and more apparent, and the full malt body covers the burnt roast bitter. When at appropriate temp, this beer is very well rounded.