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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4904) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bomber. Nose is sweet with some yeast to start but really takes on the shape of fresh, meaty green chillies. Some mild toffee/caramel malt character, approaching a dubbel. Deep orange brown that settles into a murky chestnut brown, a large rocky and creamy tan head, oily on the sides of the glass and collapses much more quickly than expected. Taste lightly sweet, not really bitter at all, slightly-built toffee and yeast character as mentioned before, with mild Anaheim chillies that don’t burn in the mouth and are only felt in the chest if one moves too rashly. A very interesting combination of flavors, and not really clashing at all, as I had expected; aided by restraint in chili proportioning, and that the flavor they give is really hearty/delicious. Full but flattish body, malt character goes down straight, hops are as hidden as the (impressively hidden) alcohol. Brown sugar? Aftertaste smacks of sticky Munich with extra melanoidin development. Smooth, clean. On the whole, this is a little bland compared to its brothers, or perhaps overly mild, but dignified and drinks dangerously easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (714) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
Brownish-red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, a distinct green pepper aroma from the Anaheims. Taste is medium sweet, mild bitter, and quite vegetal, with some spice and more of the Anaheim peppers. Finish is dry with more pepper coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (2183) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip. Amber and hazy with a small head. Aroma and flavor of light pepper, cinnamon, veggie, fruity esters, yeast, toasted malts and spices. It was OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
high_on_hops (621) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pours a hazy reddish brown with an off white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of chiles, cinnamon, raisin and other dark fruit notes. The flavor is spicy chiles and sweet malt up front leading to a spicy sweet finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2269) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
11.11.2013. 22 oz. bottle opened 2 years after release. Pours deep copper with a small tan head. Sweet fruity aromas with malt and spice. The peppers still show though, but the cinnamon is gone which is great in my book. For a beer this old, mine held up pretty good and not as flat as I had expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2068) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2013
Happy 11.11, the time has come to clear space in my cellar & drink this bottle of Stone’s Vertical Epic 11.11 I got it from Asahiya, 9.4%. Served in a Trappist glass, a beautiful mellow amber brown pour with a beige head. The aroma is malty sweet with some fruity notes of figs & chili heat. The taste is malty, nutty, sweet, figs, plums & a mild chili heat in the finish. This was made with cinnamon but I don’t pick up on that at all. A nice Belgian with some heat from the booze & the Anaheim chilies! I think I agree with others, it isn’t aging that well but is still ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
tap. brown with small head. this is an odd brew. subtle spice from the peppers. light cinnamon. malt and fruit. there’s a lot of flavors going on, but i’m not sure they all go together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - this was aged, but it has completely lost the chile heat or cinnamon character. I agree with the brother, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3408) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Brusin’ Ales. Pours brown wih a thin khaki head. Has a slight pepper note on the note. Has some roasted pepper notes on the tongue but they’re faint. Hides its alcohol well. Did not exactly benefit by aging. Eh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1834) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle. I had this in 10/13 so it had been cellared properly for a while. I was not a huge fan of this brew. The chiles gave it an off flavor i think.

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