pictoman (843) - British Columbia, - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 330mL bottle. Clear copper brown with small off-white head. Vanilla, malt, toffee nose. Buttery vanilla cookie taste to start that transforms into mild hoppy taste. No finish. Fairly thin. Buy again? Maybe.
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2016 Copper color. Malty and kinda flavorless. Some toffee notes. Very boring beer. Re-rate on tap at brewery at it is worse. Some weird nutty chemical flavors are going on. Cloying. Pass
markas101 (2174) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BeerAndPonies (140) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
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.
RhetoricalAns (731) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
dfinney23 (2531) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
simonblaine (534) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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ljthiessen (973) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
exeter (488) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
piscator34 (2198) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
MarkQ (83) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.