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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bronze colored and mostly clear, 1.5 finger head, smooth and rich, with good lacing. Smell is heavily Belgian with caramel malt, bread, yeast, clove, and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose pretty close, very spicy with lots of clove, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, great caramel malt. The chilis are moderately notable, and the cinnamon is barely there, which I don’t like cinnamon in beverages much so that’s a good thing. Body is medium and tangy going down. Alcohol and presumably the chilis are notably warming but not overpowering. Overall it’s a very fine beer and certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Kind of a mess. Strong and fruity without balance. Sticky and heavy. Kind of a Belgian dubble but it just doesn’t work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Copper color with beige head. Aroma is belgian yeast, caramel malt and light cinnamon. Flavor is the same, caramel malt and belgian yeast are a little strange together, but the mouthfeel is creamy and nice. Some hops in the finish. I am not sure I taste the chiles, unless it is just a mild bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
From the 22oz bomber. Pours a hazy deep amber with a thick light tan head. Chile’s are the first thing noticed in the aroma, fresh but not overbrearing with hints of the cinnamon poking through. Smooth malty body, caramel malt, residual sweetness with the bite of the chile’s mixing with earthy hop bitterness. Light notes of Belgian yeast. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (8727) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
65 cl bottle @ Konttori, Tampere.
Pours clear ruby red colour with small head. Aroma of chili, dish water, spices, herbs, malts and some red wine notes. Flavour of spices, mild chili notes, caramel and mild malts. An odd mesh of vegetables and chilis with

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7873) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
66 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori
Aroma has vegetable-like jalopenos with hints of peppery-like spices. Flavour has jalopenos, vegetables and sone sweetish malt. Not my cup of tea, too much vegegtables.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ration (2086) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours nice amber red. Aroma strong in spices, hops. Slight chili taste with some sweetness. Not Bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5086) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
On tap at the 1 for the road. Now this is my first ever vertical epic anything and knowing what I know about most big beers, I was already biased against it. Nice looking darker beer. Creamy thin head Smell is a little sweeter than anticipated. First taste is quite strong of course, beind at 9%. It does not even attempt to hide the alky content. Nice lacing, looks like lingerie. Now a hint of vanilla and spice er sumthin. Bitterness eventually sets and and continues to build. Overall medicinal in nature. Not real impressed but I guess for an american strong ale its on style. Not as refined as a belgian strong ale should be, just my humble opinion. No hot pepper spice effects detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3723) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22oz bottle 12/29/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Trappist Glass-Pours a medium to dark copper with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of malt, chiles, slight cinnamon, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more sweetness and the chiles coming thru on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5842) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
660ml bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio

Pours dark reddish orange with a foamy head. Strong spicy and bready aroma with notes of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and hops. Tastes like a spicy Belgian ale with a lot of spices, ginger and cinnamon. Finish is quite bitter and dry with spicy and warming notes. Okay, but slightly unbalanced.

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