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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ration (2048) - 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 (4751) - 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 (3578) - 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 (5395) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone, Kuopio.
Pours an amber copper colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, chili and some light spices. Flavour of caramel malts, grass, chili (somewhat similar to Cave Creek Chili Beer actually with the raw jalapeno-like notes), light spices such as cinnamon and toffee. Christmassy flavours and chili doesn’t burn. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a long, warming and quite spicy finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14784) - 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 wouldn’t order another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7342) - 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 (1483) - 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 (5615) - 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.

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