Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel
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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Our Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale proved to be an eccentric diversion from our previous lineup of innovative Belgian-inspired brews. And considering we’re Stone, that’s really saying something. This unprecedented beer was brewed with cinnamon sticks and Anaheim green chilies, giving it an amazing flavor profile unlike anything that came before it. It certainly didn’t need any enhancement, but we just don’t know when to leave well enough alone (and we’ve demonstrated before that you can, indeed, improve upon perfection). So we decided to tinker with it a bit and laid a small portion to rest in wine barrels. Not wanting to limit our experiment to only red or white wine barrels, we choose both. Treat yourself to a bottle of each and compare. All in the name of science, of course...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23007) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2013
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Cloudy copper colour. Rich red wine and caramel. Mid sweet with medium with rounded mouthfeel.cinnamon and lime, some oak. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty red wine aroma. Fruity malty woody spicy flavor with hints of red wine and weak dark fruit hints. Has a fruity malty spicy woody red wine finish with hints of dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
17th May 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy deep amber beer, big vibrant cream - tan coloured head. Palate is light and dry with fine carbonation. Thin creamy malt. Quite a distinct herbal taste with a subtle pinch of cinnamon. Some bitterness in the late mid. Nice red wine tang in the semi dry finish. Herbal bitter aftertaste. Unusual!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Big thanks to Kenny. Pours lightly hazy ruby with a fine, creamy off-white head. Certainly some cinnamon on the nose, sweet bread, gingerbread. Medium sweet flavor, dry and fairly boozy, some tang wood, subtle spices, toasty bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, tangy and somewhat dry wood, a bit of bitter earth, soft spices. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
On tap at the Stone 17th anniversary festival. More or less clear, amber in color, with an off-white head. Vinous notes, oak hints, caramel, dried fruits and some alcohol on the nose. The flavor pretty much the same, quite vinous. Full, lightly warming. Nice carbonation. Warming finish with caramel, red wine notes, oak and a fruityness. A bit much red wine and grapes I think. 130817

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (15635) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Murky amber pour with a small off-white head. Nose is chili pepper, oak, wine, and sugar. Somewhat grassy, quite sweet, cinnamon, black pepper, and caramel. Weird flavor to this. Chili pepper, lots of wood, cinnamon, black pepper, and very sweet sugar. A bit of toasted bread, grass, and moderate amount of red wine. Not a big fan of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14613) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle thanks to Ramy at tasting at my place. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste are heavy red wine forward with everything else pretty much delegated to the background - grain, oak and dark fruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13853) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle c&c from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s the guy to watch for good beer. Pours dark ruddy copper with a transient beige/tan head. Aromas of chilies and red wine. Med + body. Flavor of chili, chocolate, and oaky red berry. Very nice. Nicely muddled flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
500mL bottle, pours an opaque reddish amber with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out strong notes of red wine, booze and Belgian yeast. Flavour brings out prominent notes of red wine, red fruits, booze, a touch of candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Better suited for the base beer than the white wine version, with less booziness. Easier drinking and flavourful, with a vinous finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt, tannic wood and chilli peppers aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted tannic, sweet & hot flavor with a medium to heavy hot & sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectation where exceeded.

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