DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle pours a deep brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Strong chocolately aroma, with some raisins, roasted. Velvet smooth body, rich and luxorious. Sweet, milk chocolate flavors, overtones of tobacco, with the chewyness of brownies. Spicy at times, like pumpkin pie with gingerbread crust. A delicious beer, better aged for several months than I remember it being at its release. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin off-white head, big aroma with cherries, rich spices, grapefruit and caramel. Starts and ends bitter, with a long sweet ending and warming alcohol, full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and strong carbonation, amazingly complex. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle courtesy of santoslhalper, stored very well. Thanks, Jon! Awesome nose. Chocolate, candied prune, oak chips, alcohol, and mild Twizzler. Rich and luscious with very little bitterness from a hint of hops. Just incredible. Dark ruby-brown clear with light tan lacing head. Heavy oily body with silky carbonation and mild alcohol warming. Starts rich and just still a bit hot, with Twizzlers, plum and or prune, macerated raisins and brown sugar. Candi sugar and mild molasses. Oaky with just a hint of acidity. Really smooth and delicious. santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Cellared properly. Clear purple body with a thing beige head. Super sweet caramel aroma with figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins, sugar, and bread. Mellow mellow taste. Very smooth with caramel, bread, vinous, dark fruit, molasses, honey and oak notes. Aging well, for sure.. OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
Opened May 2009, cellared four years.
APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black, but with a very subtle burgundy hue. Very Clear. Noticeably tan head.
AROMA: A very malty, caramelly smell, with a slight coffee note and with some definite alcohol notes present.
FLAVOR: Malt, malt, more malt. Wonderfully smooth, rich, and somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. Subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and (maybe) a slight coffee-ish note. Some noticeable bitterness of hops, but they were not overwhelming.
PALATE: Definitely leaning toward full-bodied, but extremely well balanced. There was a noticeable, but light, heat (of alcohol) about it. Would love to know where it was at ABV when we cracked it open.
NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer, but it would be a session beer that rendered me completely stupid drunk after two or three pints. It was full, but very enjoyable, and very rich.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Shyam. Better than expected. Nose of sweet licorice, roast, raisin, bread crust and chocolate. Color is nearly black. Flavor is very thick and full: raisin dominates, then dark chocolate, bark, roasty malt and subtle Belgian spice. Thick as hell - maybe even a little char. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Aroma of chocolate,mollasses, and a light hop presents. Wonderful lacing. Pours a brownish red with a light brown head. Wonderful beer.
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2017
I bought this bottle back in 2005 and it’s moved with us from New Hampshire to Alabama to Massachusetts to another city in Massachusetts to Vermont to Oregon in the ensuing 12 years. Here we are, on the brink of yet another move and I decided, "Nope. I’m not moving all of my Vertical Epics yet again," so I decided to finally drink them. It poured a red so dark you’d swear you were trapped within the dankishly evil heart of an American politician. The head? Nonexistent. The aroma? Heavenly. Honey, earthy, yum yum yum. It was like liquid velvet silking across my tongue as the complex array of deeply-rooted flavors tagged along for the ride. Very easy to drink. Now I feel warm. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
22 oz. bottle from Mr. Liquor. Poured deep ruby with a decent tan head that lasted for most of the glass. Lacing throughout. Aromas of spice and dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt. Flavors were similar with alcohol worked in as well. Maybe a bit too carbonated, but I am sure that will mellow out by the time this is actually supposed to be consumed. A sweet and hoppy finish. I am looking forward to trying it again in a few years. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Dark brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is banana, cherries and chocolate. A medium to full bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of fruit flavors, banana, cloves, and cherries dominate. Nice bright yeasts. Very smooth taste. A nice sipping beer. There are a lot of complex flavors going on in this one,some bottle aging will make this one awesome. It is very different for the rest of the verticals. Seems more in the ‘traditional’ Belgian style. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.