Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is probably just a matter of personal spice preferences since I have never had the slightest issue with Stone before, but this felt very heavy-handed with nutmeg, and it really brought the entire experience down for me. Still, it was very different from any other beer I've had and is worth a shot.
DarkSong (282) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.
Doofgoblin (281) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, dark bliss. Aroma really punches your nose: lots of spices, clove, sweetness, malt, and faintly herbal. It tastes like a meal: plenty of spices, thick and chewy, with a garnish of herbs. The finish begs for another go...he summons me for food...my cat thinks he’s a god.
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Banana, cherry, and bubblegum on the aroma and palate. Instense aroma. Tan fizzy, creamy head. Well balanced.
chimpgibbon (277) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Black with tan head. Gorgeous Xmas cake aroma with big nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is a little astringent however, particularly on the end. Good front end of boozy pudding giving way to some hop bitterness, but this all falls at the last fence with an unsatisfying acrid quality both in taste and on the palate.
Evolutionary (270) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from giant eagle. Wanted to try before the run was over. Bright clean nose with just a little bite. Medium nut brown pour. Medium body and nutmeg upfront with hints of roasted malt and mixed spice. Pretty tasty overall and a great holiday style spiced ale.
---Rated via my mouth
dlihcsnatas (266) - 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.
bconch (265) - - 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.
roxtersoxter (259) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and well-rounded chocolate and mild clove/cinnamon. Sweet and a bit cloying as it warms. Finishes with earthy spices and dark sugars. Excellent. Shame it was a one-off.