BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I have been anxiously waiting for this one all year. I was a bit disapointed because I loved the past Verticals so much, but that’s not to say it’s bad at all.
This steps away a bit from the Belgian style of the past Verticals. This has an undeniable stout undertone. Tastes of coffee and bitter chocolate and alcohol dominated for me. This should really settle down into a great beer with age though. I look forward to it. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
I was hoping this would have some kind of cinco de mayo spin, but it didn’t. The beer is darker then I rememer 03 and 04 being. More of a ruby color with a nice cream colored head. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and alcohol with the aroma, dry cocoa also. Taste is rather bland with a backbone of cinnamon, and other spices with a slight alcohol taste at the end. Actually pretty dissapointing, but neverless a decent brew. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle from eyedrinkale. Pours a dark amber/ruby with a off white head. Very smooth with a slight tingle. Some cocoa and cinnamon and a small alcohol hint Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle: Amber fading into orange in color, bigger fuller foamy head, low carbonation. Spicy sweet aroma with pronounced cinnamon, bakery notes, and light milk chocolate. Flavors of spicy hops stand out with smaller flavors of alcohol and malts. Feels flat in the mouth, could be a bit more livelier. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Deep ruby hue with medium head of large, foamy bubbles - aroma is mostly clove and the ever so familiar belgian yeast with hints of fruity esters - flavor is an odd mixture of chocolate, liquorice, light spice and lingering hoppiness - most of these flavors should work well together, but don’t - each struggles for dominance instead of existing in harmony - perhaps when 12.12.12. comes around this will be more balanced - for now it is just so so.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2005
22 oz bottle, fresh: thin off tan head quickly dies into a thin ring. Transparent yellow gold edges with a deep, clear mahogany body. Bready yeast aromatics with hints of banana, coconut, rye, and lightly charred toast. Sort of like a blackened triple…Clove phenols wrap the tongue and combine with a dull, yet strangely spicy bit of star anise. The palate is a little young, needs some development in the carbonation – it almost seems hollow…dark roasted malts and a dusty cocoa powder linger at the back of the throat, while an odd piney hop bitterness tingles the side of the mouth. This one seems to fall along the lines of (2) surpassing the usual or ordinary…we’ll see how it develops, but right now may be my least favourite. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Although this is a tasty and enjoyable brew, it strikes me as being fairly one dimensional. (Methinks SB buys into their own hype too heavily.) A rich brown color with a short-lived fizzy head, the aroma is sweet malts and candy sugar. The tastes are sweet malts, candy sugar, and alcohol. There is some mild spiciness to it, as well, but nothing that exciting. The finish is sticky sweet and full of alcohol.mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - JUN 27, 2005
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bottled, huge aroma of fruit and malt w/ belgian lace. full bodied, malty and tasty w/ a hint of alcohol, slightly hoppy in the after taste. Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Thin brown head of fine bubbles. Reduces slowly to a soapy looking head. Light carbonation. Rich and roasty aroma with molasses, plums and raisins. Little brown sugar also. Quite yummy. Color is a dark crimson brown. Color is darker than I expected. Rich and roasty flavor. Little bit of sweetness. Spicey and yeasty. Actually the sweetness is a little strong and unsettling in the stomach. Lots of sweet syrupy malts with a little bit of alcohol presence. This brew is not flying with me. Little bit of coffee at the finish. Dry and slightly bitter. Strange. Has a weird sweetness with a dry dirt kind of flavor. I don’t know, maybe it is just me. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours a medium-dark brown with a light brown head. Nose of malts, yeast, and a bit of fruit. Mostly Raisin’s and plums.