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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bomber. Pours a lovely reddish copper with a foamy head and aromas that are sweet (fruity) and have a little edge of vegetation, maybe even chiles if Iím feeling generous. Flavor is a fairly interesting mix of fruity sweetness (orange blossom and honey with some peach or something similar) with just the faintest hint of heat from the peppers. Iím lost trying to pick out the cinnamon, however. It borders on cloying at times and is a little bit of a sugar bomb at times.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HstoutNH (7) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
A nice peppery cinnamon aroma. A red brown color with a tan colored head. A medium bitter with a sweet finish. A oily texture with the carbonation coming off soft. Overall pleasantly suppressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Clear ruby amber, frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, nut, toffee, clove, spiced bread, not much cinnamon or pepper, and thatís a good thing. Taste is sweet fruit, molasses, lots of Belgian yeast flavor, much more normal that I was expecting from a Stone Pepper/Cinnamon/Belgian beer, earthy, woody bitter finish. I was thinking this was going to be more of a novelty, but it is just a well made Belgian beer with light notes/almost no notes of novelty items. Glad to see they can do something mellow and still unique.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor comes through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didnít do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didnít really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a maple color with a trim beige head. Smells of green chilies and sweet malts. Tastes of cinnamon, caramel, bananas, and candy sugar. A bit too sweet.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
jaybo99 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
After three samples on different nights, Iím disappointed. Ruby-amber color, with minimal head. Spicy aroma with cloves and banana, but no cinnamon. Taste is medicinal, surprisingly unpleasant, sweet but without any balance from hops. Itís the only beer from Stone that I havenít liked.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (4414) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Dark ruby pour with tan head. Banana pepper, cinnamon dominated aromas. Cinnamon forward and spices with pepper flavor. Pepper dominates for one who doesnít like red pepper.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (1649) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Dark amber pour. Nice hoppy aroma and potent flavor. Smells kind of juicy. The alcohol is definitely felt but masked really well. I canít really detect the cinnamon. The spice is pretty mild, just a very slight amount of heat at the finish, probably in combination with the alcohol. Overall its a solid beer, just not exactly what I was expecting after reading the description.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin head, aroma of spices and candied sugar, taste is spicy, dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a light brown with a thin white head. Aroma of chile powder, Belgian yeast, sweet fruits and malt. Flavor of chile powder, raisin, sweet malt. Odd tasting and just not very good. The chile is bland, I donít get any of the cinnamon, and the malt is also bland. An interesting concept for a beer, but didnít work out. 6/4/6/3/12 [3.1/5]


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