jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Toasted malty spicy flavor with a quick finish.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour. Nose of sweet, roasted malts, spice and dark fruits. Flavors similar- spicy, cooked fruits, Belgian fruity yeast, dark malts. Finished w/ a strong, dry hop bitterness.
maxwelldeux (4082) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose is very fragrant and spicy, with cinnamon and cloves dominating. Taste is spicy and very slightly sweet underneath. Interesting...
merc7186 (2423) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Anise, Cinnamon, Mild Cappuccino
Appearance: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Hue, Mild Lacing
Taste: Cinnamon, Anise, Mild Bourbon
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Spicy, Mildly Drying
Joakgust (1075) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of cloves, caramel spices and cola. Flavor is malty with notes of cloves, dried fruit and caramel. High potential, although at this point it isn’t really quite finished maturing.
Danyel (1282) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma of smoke, tons of spices, fennel, anise, allspice, ginger, just a ton of random spices. Taste is way over cloved, whoa clove....medium to full bodied, a lil flat. Overall, way overspiced.
scoth (576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours inky dark brown with a thin tan head, very fine lacing, moderate retention. Spicy aroma, allspiece, ginger, clove, toast, chocolate, oak, and grass. Medium full body, low carbonation. Lightly sweet, a hint of citrus, gentle bitter finish with some lingering spicy flavors. Too over-spiced in my opinion.
Blairgus (2991) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-12-12, tap. Black with thin frothy head. Nose smells like an orange with cloves stuck in it. More cloves than orange. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Not a fan. Tastes like sucking on a whole clove. Very drying and bitter. Smells great for a Christmas beer. Not a big fan though.
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Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Sort of mixed feelings about the end of the vertical epic. Great concept. Some of the beers were worthy of the concept. Others, perhaps not. But at least now I don’t feel like I have to run out and buy two of any beer for a while. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. Aroma is pumpkin spice and faint chocolate. Flavor is a match. The clove doesn’t overwhelm, but it is definitely there. The allspice and cinnamon definitely show. A bit of a bread, chocolate malt backbone, dry on the finish. Just a bit too spiced for my tastes. It might fall down some over time, but I think that since it does finish dry, it may not be quite the good ager that some Belgian abbey beers are. I wish they had ended on something that was really truly meant to be consumed on the spot as the end of the epic as opposed to one that was more of a setting down brew. RERATE: Screaming clove. Really a poutpourri blast for me.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
opened on 12-12-12. Thicker black pour than I’d have thought. Nose is all spices, somewhat indistinguishable. Harsh spices cover the palate, and a finishing spicy bitterness. Not the best from this series, but still decent.