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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap. Pours a dark golden color with a persisting white foamy head. Notes of baking spices, honey, chili powder, and grass. Thick mouthfeel, medium to long length finish. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPAís. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours dark amber with a khaki head. Aroma is cinnamon, caramel and spice. Flavor starts sweet with cinnamon, then becomes earthy and bitter with a little spice, finishing with a little heat you can feel in the back of you throat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2728) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, off white, lasting head, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is cinnamon, light dried fruits (raisin, cherry), hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is sharp vegetal chili, with lighter cinnamon, touch of toffee/caramel, light sweetness throughout, finishing bitter....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation high. This is a beer that does not quite work. The aromas promise much, but the flavors fall down. The malt back bone is complex, and the light cinnamon is a pleasant addition. The chiles, while hidden compared to many a "chili beer", are a detraction rather than an addition to the composition. The result is a mishmash of aromas and flavors that comes close, but doesnít quite work. BJCP 7/3/10/4/6

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nikiel (878) - 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 (3483) - 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 (1067) - 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 (5203) - 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 (3179) - 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 (1497) - 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.


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