DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of a little dark cherry & malt. Flavor is slightly oxidized anise and heavy wheat. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle from John’s Market.
A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.
N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.
T: Oxidized, but it’s not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and there’s a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.
M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells a little boozy and astringent and roasty. Tastes a little roasty too. Dry. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of chocolate, dark malt, prunes and weak liqurice. A flavor of liqurice, chocolate, prunes and roasted malt.1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Thanks IrishBoy. The beer pours to a very dark brown body. Thin fizzy off-white head. Red hue to the body. The aroma is sweet candi sugar, green raisins, dark brown sugar. The flavor is very dark sugar. Notes of bubblegum, dark malt. The palate is tart. Medium bodied.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. This one may be to complex. Very bubblegummy. Strong aroma with malt character and yeast standing out in the smell. Very dark color with thin head. First taste was pretty good, not sure what to say. After it warmed it seemed to get worse with an apparant cough syrup taste in the last few sips. Terrible palate near the end. I think this ale was better served cold than at room temperature. I don’t know if 6 years of aging would make this any better. chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 22oz bottle, bought in Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg VA. Consumed September 2006. This poured very dark red-brown and was quite floral, estery and spicy on the nose. I definitely picked up violets and maybe cloves. Sweetish palate with deep, sticky malt to the fore but, at the same time, the body was fairly light. Some hops kick in late but they seemed rather harsh and the whole didn’t seem perfectly integrated to me. Not my favourite Vertical Epic by a long way. Tasted as if it could do with more bottle age. Also, I’m not sure that carting it around in the back of a car for a couple of weeks helped too much. I’ll pick up another bottle next time I’m in the US if I can and re-rate.
Sledutah (7789) - Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle shared by footbalm at his cellar cleaning/going away party, thanks dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and no lacing
Aroma: Roasty, raisins and citrus
Taste: Toasted malts, dark fruits and cardboard
Good, maybe past its prime
Probably waited too long for this one. It was interesting, with flavors of sweet chocolate, toffee, and some sort of astringency, but overall it was a mess. Clearly over the hill. Wish I knew what it was like fresh and whether or not this is how it was intended to be. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) deep ruby with hints of brown, ring Of tan bubbles. Nose of anise, raisin, caramel, chocolate. Taste is heavy anise, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, ginger, wheat. Carbonation had held up, string anise linger that takes away from the palate finish.