RussianDragon (578) - - MAY 12, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown with an uneven thin espresso head. Aroma is smooth - roasty chocolate, spiciness from yeast. This beer seems to not be in a specific style, but reminds me of a "light quadrupel". Flavor is raisins, honey and thick chocolate. Notes from Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09. Macegan75 (845) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Damico’s. Pours dark brown with slight soapy looking head, aroma is anise, unmalted barley, roasted chicory, coco, aldehydes and spicy finish. first sip is very similar with a dry finish of unsweeted chocolate. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are both heavily oxidized - dull metal, belgian spice, caramel, and sourdough. It’s strange that this was the only year with oxidation after so long. Plovmand (8304) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark ruby brown with a small to medium creamy beige head. The aroma is slightly oxidized but has great ripe fruity notes. Some nuts and fig. Rye biscuits. Deep malty flavor with ripe berry notes. Light cherry. Nuts and toasted caramel. Great condition after almost 8 years.
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Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.
S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.
T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.
O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark brown pour. Very herbal aroma to this one with lots of anise and notes of cedar. Flavor is sweet malt with notes of chocolate. Slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced. Thanks StFun for the bottle! JStax (6482) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has roast, vanilla, and some spice. Tastes of a dark sweetness and has a bit of roast coming through as well. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours dark brown. Caramel and spice. Brown sugar. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Had during a tasting of 06-10 VE’s.
Poured to NB globe.
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly perfectly opaque ale. Single finger light tan head dissipates quickly. Little lacing here.
S: Molasses, molasses, molasses, anise, mineralic qualities. Very complex, dark malts with belgian yeast greets the nose with dark fruits which are quite subdued by the original approach of molasses feel. Cocoas dance here as well.
T: The molasses and dark fruits continue here. Malts, anise, cocoas. Wow, delicioso!
M: Heavy, viscous with low carbonation. Great feel for this beer. Sticky, resonant, smooth.
D: This beer was second only to 09.09.09 on the lineup. It was fantastic! I wish I had more of this beer around to drink for sure.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2011 UncleKorm (1319) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle poured a deep brown w/ small beige head. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish from both hop and roast. Tastes are malt, barley, molasses, dark roast, licorice, anise, dark breads, and a light citrus. Full bodied, average carbonation, and a balanced mouthfeel.
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