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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 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. RERATE: Lots of pepper. Everything fell off except the peppers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2155) - 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.

   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
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4499) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1613) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap at Exit 6 in Cottleville, MO Served a clear mahogany color with a small head with some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and spice with a trace of sweetness. Very enticing aroma. Nice flavor of cinnamon, bit of spice and trace of fruity sweetness. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, very smooth and clean. There is no hint of the alcohol, just a pleasant warming feeling. Excellent balance. One of the best beers I have had this year. Canít beat fresh on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1149) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap. Definitely for fans of Belgians. Just a hint of spice from the chiles that blends with the cinnamon really well. Dark amber in color with a substantial, tight bubbled khaki head. Itís a very good looking beer in the glass. A nice treat, but certainly not an all-the-time kind of drinker. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a deep amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly sweet with some caramel, Belgian yeast esters, figs, earth, and a light vegetal pepper. Some banana and bubble-gum, a light biscuit, and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Some caramel sweetness and a slightly bready malt up front with a good amount of earth that is somewhat bitter. A good amount of chile pepper becomes noticeable and seems to go well with the earthiness while offering no heat. Some Belgian yeast esters with a light banana as well as some raisins and figs before some cinnamon comes out in the end. Finishes somewhat sweet, but fairly earthy, yeasty, and dry with a light bitterness and a nice, vegetal chile pepper flavor. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a unique and enjoyable beer. This has a nice malt sweetness, but is fairly earthy and yeasty with a good amount of chile pepper. The pepper isnít really hot, which seems to work with this. A light cinnamon adds a nice complexity as well. I liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2203) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
I am yet to be disappointed from Stoneís Vertical Epic series... Beer is dark mahogany with spicy aroma... Flavor is slightly spicy from the chilies with nice cinnamon sweet backbone... Well done...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at one of the myriad of places around here that I forget. Fuck. Stone brewed another Belgian ale. This has obnoxious sweet, super estery mutant bananarama yeast notes in the nose. There might be a little peppery spiciness, but Iím not sure if I would have picked that up without a prior hint. Not much else here. Filtered, transparent orange-amber body with a small, quickly dissipating off-yellow head. Starts quite sweet and sugary, before some of the fruity banana-like yeast esters take over. It then becomes a little spicy with just a tiny touch of heat, Finishes very dry and almost burnt. Warming with some ethanol present as well. Itís an interesting and unique beer. Not as bad as I had expected, but still nothing world-class, either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany red with a short lived off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Flavor is big and malty with a spicy background with just the right bite. The finish leaves a little burn in the throat from the chiles. This would go well with flame grilled red meat (especially bison). TIP: Let this beer warm a little after pouring to bring out the full flavors.

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