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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14173) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Bottled 0,66 ltr (Beer Hunters)
Rating #9000
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Berryish, banana and cinnamon aroma. Medium-bodied. Sweetish (US-)Belgian yeasty, fruity flavor has banana, cinnamon and clove - Christmasy taste! Mild chilli burn in the aftertaste, just tickling a bit and then even less when you have drinked more. Ok package, but wouldnít order another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6957) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Belgian yeasty aroma, with light tropical fruits, some spices, and a hint of chili pepper. The flavor is more restrained and balanced than I anticipated. Belgian yeast, obviously, with light fruity notes, a little bit of chili pepper heat, and some cinnamon-like spices. Solid, not to sweet, and easy to drink. I liked it better than I thought I would based on the description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1371) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a high, pillowy, mashed-potato head. Nose is roast, toast, dried chiles, a touch of spice, and some dark fruit richness -- no sweetness, though. This is a first: a chile beer where the chile seems to be the central rather than an afterthought. Definite green chile notes, laced nicely with cinnamon; the beer has some heat to it. Still a little disjointed, though; I suspect this will age nicely. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (5320) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2011
(Bottle, 0.65 l, at Pikkulintu, 20111228) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had aniseed, pepper, Belgian style yeast and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were pepper, Belgian style yeast, malts, spices and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, spicy and bitter. Finally a non-burning chilli beer with pepper flavour. I liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Clear reddish hue, good head fornmation. Dominant belgian yeasty clove aroma, mild peppery spice and toast. Sweet clove up front turns to banana bread with good amount of peppery spice, slightly roasted peppery chili as opposed to the mildness I expected from an Anaheim chili. Still not a big fan of chili beers but this one is definitely more than drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Clear reddish copper pour with ample offwhite head. Smells like Chile meat, but not hot like other chili beers Iíve had. Flavor is similar, in that the full flavor of the chili comes through but without the spiciness. Some honey and vanilla. The cinnamon is more on the tail. Malty bomb. Iím enjoying this more as it grows on me, but it is really not my cup of tea. Interesting, but I Donít care for this very much at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1256) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Dark red pour some head. Aroma was sweet malt initially but belgian notes struggle to show with hints of candy bannana or bubblegum but is more of a dry minerally carmel malt aroma almost dusty but in a good way.I gues the chocolate has a cinimin with the chili making it seem dusty like with all of it going. Yeah as it warms the chili and cinnimin take over. Flavor is carmel malt vanilla then a strange cinimin chil combo,giving it a dusty earthy like taste , pretty smooth, with toasted malt, light chocolate, with a grassy bittering and lingering flavors of cinnimon and chili. There is some citrus towards the end also maybe before the bittering.The finish is a bit harsh maybe from the cinnimin or bittering.Pretty shure its the cinnimon,its like if you added to much cinnamon that kind of harsh taste,but isnt overflavored with cinnimon by any means. The belgian also becomes more noticable as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Dark brown/red color with a small head. Light peppery aroma with banana notes. Very raw pepper flavor, like drinking a non-spicy pepper puree. Light caramel malt. Fairly yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Draught. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of cinnamon, clove, bananas. Tastes of cinnamon, some bite from the chilis, caramel, some spicy elements and more cinnamon on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1143) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
~Bready banana aroma and perfumy clove spiciness, light green chilies ~Pours a murky reddish brown with small lasting yellowish head. ~Can taste the chili flavor, but it isnít hot. Peppery spiciness, clove, Yeast phenolics are fairly strong. ~Med body, med high CO2, harsh spicy finish, bitter lingering is not pleasant. ~Not really a fan of the yeast on this one. Too spicy and some harshness. Interesting beer. On border of being something good and something I donít like..

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