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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours amber with off-white foam. Smells slightly spicy of peppers. Tastes slightly sweet with hints of spices and ends with a slight twinge of spiciness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2011
bottle... light mostly clear amber, decent light tan head, a bit creamy, leaves a finger cap... cinnamon, lots of a spice, pepper finish, no clue who thought that was good combo... taste isnít as horrible as I imagined, it nicely shows off the cinnamon and chili in distinct and unique, but again this is not a combination that should have been even done... pass

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured a amber with no head. aroma cinnamon, spices, hops.jalapeno. flavor the same. didnít care for this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4979) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Deep copper/amber pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of some dried fruit and a hinto abv. Flavor is dried fruit, abv warmth, and a good bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A pretty nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle. Translucent fiery orange-red body, thick puffy cream head. The nose is a pleasant blend of aromatic chiles, cinnamon, and clove. Lots of cinnamon in the initial sip with some vegetal pepper heat; also toast and spice. Hints of alcohol. The pepper heat is mainly evident on the lips. Interesting.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zizzybalubba (1407) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brownish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine with cinnamon and nutmeg spices and brown sugary sweetness. Cinnamon permeates through every other flavor so any citrus detected at first in the aroma is completely overtaken. Oh, there is the chile flavor that I did not detect at all on the first sip but now overpowers even the cinnamon. The chile really provides just an interesting flavor but does not seem to provide any heat at first. It seems like the heat does build some momentum as I drink more of this one. I donít hate it but I would hardly recommend this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Deep amber, hint of red, clear. Aroma is caramel and unidentified spice. Flavor is caramel accented malts, Belgian yeast notes, slightly of dark apricot fruit, and a spicy finish, presumably from the chiles and cinnamon, although these notes arenít identifiable to themselves. Clearly spiced, but much more subtle than I had expected/feared. A nice dubbelish sort of ale. Not great, but solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2003) - USA - DEC 17, 2011
Very sweet start to this - maple syrup-like taste followed by a very noticeable shift to a drying, bitter, hop tingle. An interesting and hard-to-categorize brew (like a lot of other beers Iíve been seeing lately). There is a bit of chili that becomes more noticeable on the palate as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle.
Pours a rich brown with a nose of earthy jalepeno and light cocoa. Flavor is a quick rush of chocolate quickly tempered by an organic pepper and dirt essence that leaves a leafy aftertaste. Average mouthfeel. Intentions were good but it misses the mark.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours mahogany bronze with a light tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, hot peppers, black pepper, cinnamon, toasted bread, earthy Belgian yeast and some caramel. Medium / full body with a viscous body and semi-sharp subdued carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet malt, brown sugar, dark toffee, earthy yeast, woodiness, cinnamon, some meaty peppers and a bit of smoke. This is pretty nice, but the melding of flavors is not a good as Iíd hoped. The sweet Belgian traits donít seem to work with the peppers as well as some drier styles. The finish has more meaty peppers and spiciness. Things dry out a bit more on the finish. Nice and interesting.


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