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Tree Vertical Winter Ale

Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: English Strong Ale
Kelowna, Canada


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (3638) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2015
Copper color. Malty and kinda flavorless. Some toffee notes. Very boring beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (1958) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
355 ml can, Calgary, AB, Canada via coop. Artificial vanilla aroma. Better flavour, a bit mild with some caramel and vanilla. Medium finish with a slight hint of hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
BeerAndPonies (80) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
355 ml can from Tree’s sampler 12-pack from Sobeys Liquor, served in my Dr. Whooves shaker pint glass. Pours a pleasant, clear, medium amber shade, with a creamy tan head leaving partial rings of lace. Aroma is strong and precisely like iced vanilla cupcakes ("...so sweet and tasty..." - Pinkie Pie), with banana and a middling scent of floral hop. The flavor made me grimace, being akin to drinking a potion containing artificial vanilla extract; bitter and syrupy and ersatz and just plain nasty. The touch of natural vanilla found in, say, Innis & Gunn offerings (my favorite in sweet, dessert-like beers) I find delightful, but not this gustatory kick in the goolies...my stomach is starting to revolt. Little carbonation to speak of and medium-bodied, and the ugly vanilla sticks for an uncomfortable stretch to the tastebuds. A previous taster said that if you don’t like cream soda, this isn’t for you; I don’t like cream soda, but couldn’t simply pick the three cans of Vertical out of my case, and felt I should give it an honest appraisal. Sorry, Tree Brewing...as with your Beach lager, I would suggest you retool Vertical into a much more palatable seasonal brew. Not recommended, not for being merely foul across the board like Minhas, but for being a failed experiment. I need some Pepto now...and a gargle...and a nap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RhetoricalAns (465) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle. Amber pour with a thin white fizzy white head. Vanilla aroma with some spicy notes. Malty taste with a hint of nuttiness, more vanilla. Thin body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dfinney23 (2053) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours dark amber with a thin tan cap. Aroma is nothing but vanilla. Taste adds some nuts and a somewhat metallic finish. It probably doesn’t help that it’s well past winter now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (375) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Pours dark copper, minimal head. Aroma of cotton candy, vanilla, caramel. Taste is slightly sweeter than I like, heavyish, caramel, ends with a passing hint of vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (600) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber pour with an off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, candy and light citrus. Flavour is candy, caramel, vanilla and spices. Not one of the better winter ales I've tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Vanilla smell in this beer is a the strongest thing you’ll notice. It also has a nutty flavour mixed with brown sugar. Some bubble gum at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
piscator34 (2034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottled sample. Pale copper in colour with medium carbonation. Aroma is of florals and sweet caramel. Flavours are heavy on vanilla, backed by whole wheat toast, pudding, and white pepper. Lightsh bodied and oddly astringent. A strange one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MarkQ (83) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
If you like cream soda, you’ll love this beer. If you don’t like cream soda, you’ll hate this beer. I don’t like cream soda.

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