OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet, yeasty. Chocolate, clove. Dark orangy brown color, good head that faded quick spotty lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Pretty tasty. End of the epic... NachlamSie (3597) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bomber from Downtown Wine & Spirits. Pours a very dark, rich black with a small tan head. Looks like a stout, really. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Bubblegum cuts through with orange, chocolate, and a fruity bouquet. The flavor is pretty roasty, which is a little different for the style. It starts candyish but actually finishes kind of dry. The flavor packs some cinnamon and floral spices with a complex fruitiness. Though the spices are strong, they are not overbearing like some of the past vertical epics. I suppose since this one is meant to be consumed fresh, that would stand to reason. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/26/13
DrnkMcDermott (3175) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aroma: It has lots of Christmas-style spice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc., and some dark malts
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a small beige head and light lace
Flavor: Tastes spicy, pretty much just like the nose, lightish malt sweetness and minimal bitterness
Palate: This one has a medium body, average carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
This one is a big time spice beer. Lots of Christmas spice. Pretty tasty stuff, but if you don’t like those Christmas spice I would definitely stay away, as they dominate this beer.
Draft sample at Tap House Grill, Westmont. Hard to pick out the nose with my sniffles, but I mostly get a note of licorice, Certainly nothing that they list as having been added to the beer. Thick legs in the glass, with a thin note of foam. I still say it has one of the most pronouced licorice tastes that I’ve found in a good beer, as in not enough to put me off. Okay, so it’s just the other spices working together, like in a root beer. Add to that roasty malts for a taste of coffee on the side, a viscous mouthfeel to make a big, syrupy beer. Glad to have had this taste; I have one bottle at home with just some 10.10.10 and 11.11.11 for company, and even that’s too much for me to have a mini-vertical. Any helpers? jrgratz (117) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Tap at Rattle n’ Hum. Pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, moderate lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is raisins, cloves, roasted malt, brown sugar, allspice. Medium body, creamy and has good carbonation. Decent brew.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Glass at RHSG. Dark brown/black medium beige head. Aroma: nutmeg, raisins and chocolate. Taste: Sweet and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, full body, dry finish. Overall a better than average Belgian strong ale. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a brown color with a one and a half finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Has that pumpkin spice aroma. Flavor is spice, dark esters, and chocolate malt. Finish is fairly dry. Medium body. It’s better than the last couple VE beers. yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 From tap at The Porter. Pours pitch black with a small chocolate brown head. Aroma is apiced and roasted malty. Chocolate. Bitter and herbal. Dry and spiced. Roasted malty. Lingering nutmeg spicedand herbal. Dry finish. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours nearly black with a flourishing tan head of creamy foam. Dwindled slowly to a cap and ring that never faded and left some great lace. Inviting and dark almost bewitching. Nose is a mix of spices and fruit. I smell cloves cinnamon, is that ginger? and nutmeg. As it warms it opens up to some yeast, orange and a fruit smell that I couldn’t quite pin down is rose hips. The toasted malt gives it a breaddy cookie like quality. There’s a breath of alcohol and a marvelous hint of chocolate. It’s a Xmas cookie in a glass. One of the most complex spice profiles I’ve encountered.
Taste is lighter than it smells and not as sweet as it smells either. Smooth, burnt around the edges with plenty of bread underneath it all. Not too fruity. A little alcohol to taste is really nice in this. Hops finally come up bitter to take it into the long dry finish. It even has a charred quality that’s not disagreeable. Warming and very festive.
This is a hard to describe strong dark ale that really surprised me. Far from overly sweet it’s one I would have again. I wonder how it ages? Tjoxen (173) - SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
Pours black with brown creamy head. Aroma of christmas like ginger , chocolate, dried fruit. Taste of lots of spices and herbs, chocolate.
This was released totally off season. The taste is great though.