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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (1920) - 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 can’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (848) - New York, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3581) - 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 don’t get any of the cinnamon, and the malt is also bland. An interesting concept for a beer, but didn’t work out. 6/4/6/3/12 [3.1/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6341) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Poured a medium dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malts, roasted chilies, yeast, notes of alcohol. Maybe a ginger taste, or just a smiliar one to ginger? The chilies are pretty nice in this one. I don’t know how well those are going to stick out as this ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
This red pour smells of chili powder. Tastes of spice from cinnamon and pepper. Spicy lingering after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Dark reddish-brown with a medium tan head. Smells of the peppers and clove. Taste is nice. The heat of the cinnamon and pepper don?t overpower the rest of the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Glad to find this in MN after passing it up on a recent trip to California. Rich, roasted malt aroma with some sweetness and hint of alcohol. Murky, reddish brown. Thin off white head. Strong alochol flavor. Hint of cherries. Drier than it smells. I had heard this brew wasn’t up to snuff compared to other vertical epic brews from prior years. I think I’d have to agree. Not bad, just not particularly distinguished.Alcohol is pretty hot and overwhelms any complexities that lie underneath. We’ll see if it improves with warmth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Poured on a Trappist glass. the aroma its very quite, very little notes of cinnamon, clove and some alcohol but not much going on. Small white head, brown gold appearance to a very clean and clear body. Up front the cinnamon its the first guest and an even stronger sour taste of the flanders yeast and at the back strong clove. I think the mouth feel its the best about this beer its solid, and oily. Over all a bit better than expected I was a bit disappointed with the lack of aroma on this one but the overall mouth feel gain some of my respect for it but considering that kind of beer and the $$$ for it not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
The pour is a hazy, crimson ruby color with a moderate, off-white, pillowy head which settles to a thin layer and leaves drippy, Belgian lace. The nose is very faintly cinnamon, very mild chile peppers, a thyme or rosemary herb note, light esters, and some bready yeast. The flavor is very similar with chile pepper notes and mild cinnamon, still a prominent rosemary note, estery, bready, and subtle toasted caramel. The palate is lively, more than medium, and velvety. The finish is herbal with a peppery bitterness, rosemary still, and cinnamon on the tongue. I guess it is something I have not tried yet which is always something to expect from Stone but fairly boring for Stone standards. The ABV was almost negligible for a nearly 10% beer. I expect more from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7244) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that leaves sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with cinammon and spice. Medium mouthfeel with a sugary malt with light spice and cinammon with a nice lingering sweet finish. A good Belgian strong ale from Stone.

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