Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Dark brown with a tannish head. Good lacing. Nice looking. Very spicy aroma. Coriander and cloves, almost minty. There is quite a bit of fruitiness there. The malts are a touch roasty, not too aggressive though. The flavor is loaded with fruits and spice. Roasted malts. Yeasty notes, slightly bready. It ends with a bitter spicy touch. The mouthfeel is heavy and leaves you with a tingly, numb tongue. railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2006
this was better than i was expecting. spicy fruit and malty reminded me of rabbid rabbit from fff very good and will enjoy in future.i would not pass up BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 This was good, but I think it will get better with some age. Roasted malt, candi sugar, spices and fruit re all in the flavor. Had the Stone hop finish makes it a little odd after the sweet! But it’s a good beer, and I look forward to aging some. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Purchased this 22oz bottle at Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. From when I opened the bottle to the pour, i could smell the fruit. Banana’s come to mind. Figs and vanilla. Nice taste as well. Same as the aroma, except creamy. A nice beer for the Vertical Epic series. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
This abbey double pours a deep dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, banana, cloves, dried fruit and vanilla. A med to full bodied double. Malts are dark fruit, brown sugar and molasses, lots of vanilla and chocolate as well. Sweet, but not cloying. Big beer. I think this one will age very well. Hides the alcohol nicely. Much more like the 03 vertical without some of the spiciness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with red hues around the edges. A nice light tan head slowly fades out and leaves streaks of lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is of candy sugar, Belgian Chimay yeast, cocoa, light wood, mild caramel, light banana, and hints of fruit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild smack of vanilla in there.
Mouthfeel is sugary, complex, and a bit yeasty.
This one will age well egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Poured a deep, dark, red color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, macadamia nuts, clove, banana, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and smoked meats. Taste of more roasted malt, vanilla, light citrus fruits, with smokey, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, nougat, dried fruits, light spicy yeast, and faint alcohol, with a light bitterness in the finish as well. Best Vertical Epic i’ve had yet, I like what the new guy is doing! unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 22 oz bottle
dark, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, smells like a Belgian.
Needs to age. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A hint of ruby-brown light gets through this brew, under a moderate light tan head. Spicy aroma with fruits; similar phenolic yeast notes that I associate with wheat beers. Slight medicinal touch. In the mouth, it’s bitter right off the bat, with the sweet/fruit/phenol flavors overlayed. Finishes the same way it started, with alcohol warming. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle: Black coffee in color, moderate frothy beige head, a few whisps of lacing. Nose of molasses, brown sugar, slight anise, a touch of charred wood, and even some candle wax like aspect. Very pale dark pitted fruit, moreso noticeable on the tongue. Fairly sweet, yet not cloying, nearly full bodied, moderate mouthfeel. A bit more dark pitted fruit on the exit, but otherwise moreso brown sugar, molasses, and some nutty aspects. Not your typical Dubbel. Warming, yet not hot. Decent offering, just wished it had a bit more dark pitted fruit and a bit less sweetness. Flatter than most Belgian examples too, but glad it didn’t blow up when I opened the bottle. I praise them for trying different stuff, but they still have more work to do on these Belgian styles.