lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Dark brown color with medium tan head. Aroma is a bit of a potpourri... dark fruits, chocolate, spice, roastiness, caramel and butter. Flavor is not very well-balanced... the dark fruit flavors are very dominating. Sweetness is a little overwhelming. Interesting brew that should be even more interesting in a few years. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is belgian yeast and spices. Silght caramel aroma as well. Taste is much the same. Sweet toasty malt and spices. Palate is light and bubbly. Easier palate than the appearance would suggest. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice. Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Definitely one to try. Very complex with a lot of spice to it...but still very drinkable. Almost tastes like a Christmas ale or something with the clovey/pine kick they throw in, but it is still very good indeed. ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
bottle . . pours dark brown/black with a small brownish head that disapates . . aroma is dark, roasted malts, raisin, dry fruits, sweet . . flavor is smooth but you can taste the alcohol . . roasted malts deffiinetly shine through . . almost like biting into an unripe cherry . . slightly sweet and bitter cherry finish that ends clean . . not too bad . . brstp (201) - - MAR 30, 2007
Very dark brown color, thinnish tan head that went away quickly after an aggressive pour. Belgian yeast aroma with lemon, fig, a hint of coffee malt. Taste is similar with some very smooth malt, spicy, dry finish, some alcohol, almost no astringency but leaves the throat tingling nevertheless.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
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
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Good slow sipper. The focus is on bitter flavors--dark espresso, hops, wood, and cloves. A little bit of roundness with milk chocolate and prunes. Balanced caramel sweetness. Tastes more like a stout than a Belgian ale. Not complex except at the back of the tongue. A good but not great beer. luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This beer came across somewhat green. I was disappointed because I went out of my way to get this. Has a sweetness to it that just hasn’t seemed to develop. I’m going to put my other bottles away and see what happens. chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very dark brown, almost black with a nice wispy head. Dark fruit and licorice in the aroma. Cherry, plums and roasted malts with undertones of licorice and anise. More full bodied and carbonated than previous beers in the series. Hint of a weak coffee finish.
Very complex and heavy beer. More of a sipping beer than the others in the series, and unlike some of the previous editions, should hold up very well to time.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Dark red-brown. Full body mouth feel. Aroma: Malty, raisins. Flavor: Malty and fruity with roasted finish.