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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale Aged in Red Wine Barrels
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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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 weíre Stone, thatís 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 didnít need any enhancement, but we just donít know when to leave well enough alone (and weíve 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...


Leighton's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10868) - London, Greater London, - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle at Bruceís, 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle... Hazy caramel pour with a small, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is vinous, tangy and loaded with caramel. Full-bodied with stinging carbonation. The flavor is an intermingling of caramel, red wine, tanginess, oak and alcohol. Finishes tannicly bitter with a comforting alcohol warmth. I got neither chilies nor cinnamon out of this. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
500ml bottle. Aged in red wine barrels. I thought this was a step up form the base beer, nice peppery flavor that melds with the tannins of the barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1140) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
500 mL bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, served in a stem glass alongside the base and 12-12-12 at a tasting at Danís. Pours slightly reddish caramel with a medium tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big red wine and oak notes along with toffee, caramel, flowers, banana and subtle notes of pepper and cinnamon. The flavour is medium sweet with red grapes, banana, toffee and flowers along with subtle pepper and cinnamon. The finish is long and malty with toffee, red grapes, banana and subtle pepper-spice. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, a truly great brew that marries discordant flavours of pepper and red wine in a harmonious whole. Truly excellent. 2014-06-07

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1061) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
500ml bottle pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Chili and cinnamon aroma. Taste is the same with an oak wine finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
todd_aka_rhino (10) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
This beer aged very well. It also had a great aroma and flavor profile. Cinnamon, chiles and the red wine barrels combine for a tremendous taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Poured an amber red color with aromas of grain, spice, some light fruit, wine and some oak. Flat or are the same but dominated by the red wine flavors decent beer but wonít need to have again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2364) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Murky amber brown color, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is barrel dominated with notes of caramel, cookie, spice, cinnamon. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. Barrel flavor dominates and comes close to overpowering the rest but doesnít completely override what else is here. Pretty decent but at $40/bottle????????

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
500ml bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Hazy amber-red color. Thin khaki head, with good retention. Dots of lace. Vinous, tannic, sort of tart nose, some dark fruit. Tart, kind of spicy aroma. Some herbal, indian-style spices. Very interesting, potent aroma. Bigger body. Smooth, soft lighter carbonation and dry finish. Sweet taste, moderate bitter, light warmth in the finish. Toffee. Solid, interesting barrel-aged strong ale. Much more complex and bitter than expected. Clove, and dry wood tannic notes. Glad for the chance to have tried this, exceeded expectations.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamah (214) - - NOV 17, 2013
oooh! Much better than the normal version. The aroma is like a spicy wine. it looks a reddish mud with some small white head. The taste is slightly sweet throughout, a little tart and has some some very light spice. Cinnamon, jalapenos, minty herbs and wine round out the flavor. The tannic finish on this beer is amazing and totally makes the beer. Itís medium bodied and has a soft mouth feel. Overall quite good and a huge improvement from the astringent normal version.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Clear dark amber with an earthy rustic malt undertone with some red wine oak tones and a wee bit of raisin. The flavor is dry and earthy with some mellow red wine undertones and a touch of earthy oak, smooth and balanced though a bit 2-dimensional. I think the red wine barrel kinda flattens out the complexity of it and makes it a touch simplistic. A bit earthy and rustic, little else.


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