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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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - DEC 4, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6Vx_nhxIc4

Appearance: Transparent dark amber, 1-finger head dissipates to ring, above-average lacing

Aroma: Jalapeno spice, banana pepper, clover, cinnamon

Flavor: Full body, clove, cinnamon, jalapeno, banana peppers, sweet spiciness, plum, raisin, banana esters, black pepper, spiciness +cherry layers, creamy + smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation, drinkable

Pairings: Asian, sushi, Indian, Thai (panang curry, pad thai)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3332) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap; poured a very dark auburn color with a khaki head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cinnamon, fruit, earth and peppers. Flavor definitely had a pepper note to it, but not over the top. Not spicy hot. Some cinnamon notes, alcohol, Belgian yeast, and caramel/fruit. A touch of sweetness. Ok overall, but probably not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1406) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The cinnamon is very noticeable in the aroma of the beer, overpowering anything else. It pours a clear dark amber, with a full tan head. Interesting blend of flavors, with a chewy malt backbone (seemingly based on a brown ale), with the cinnamon and chiles complementing each other. There’s a touch of heat, which quickly fades, and works well with the earthy notes from the cinnamon. I’m very interested to see what aging does to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana phenols, some clove, caramel, cinnamon, and alcohol. Taste of banana, clove, cinnamon, light caramel, and a spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottled, orange cognac color with no head, aroma is sweet , bananas and green pepper, flavor is bananas, green chilies, some yeast notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split many ways, pours a dark reddish amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and some spices (cinnamon, coriander, and some other undetectable ones). Flavour is quite spicy and sweet, with a melange of spices, sweet, candied sugar / caramel malt, toasted nuts, with burnt sugar / cloying sweetness on the finish. Nasty medicinal finish. Not impressed with this series, least of all this latest installment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Decent sized light tan head fo fine bubbles with minimal carbonation. Strange mottled aroma with some chilli peppers, dill pickles, roasted grains and tea leaves. Color is a dark orangish brown. Again, the flavor is all over the place and is quite complex. More peppers, sweet malts, cinnamon, some raisins and a bit of dry herbal hops. Only a slight alcohol presence and the peppers are rather subdued unlike some brews where all you can taste is the peppers. A pretty good balance. Still retains the stong malty and yeasty characteristics of a belgian strong ale. A little bit dry and chalky at the finish. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (973) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Deep red brown, light brown medium head. Aroma is dried fruits and malt. Flavor is sweet malt and, as advertised, chiles! Spicy! Quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22ox bottle. Clear brown color with a medium head that leaves some nice lace. Earthy, spicy aroma with some russet potato skin and candied yams with cinnamon on them. Banana floats in and out of the background, accompanied by a strawberry or two. Nice balance of flavors with fruit, spice, and lightly toasty malt coming together well. Lingering tangy fruit in the finish and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied whit soft carbonation. Sweet cinnamon covered anaheims? Seems to work. Definitely a little earthy fruit from the chiles or otherwise. The yeast character blends well with the spicing. Alcohol is well integrated on the whole. I can see some people not digging the spice here, even if there is pretty much zero heat from the chiles (anaheim is a very mild pepper), but this is a well made beer on the whole. Kudos to Stone for pulling this unlikely marriage off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (1016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Crimson red pour with hardly any head. Smell is sweet with a slight smell of chili peppers. Taste has a banana flavor to it. The cinnamon really burns in your mouth a bit and makes this appear to have way more alcohol than it does. If you let this warm up a bit, the taste of the chilies really come out. This was interesting, but not the best I’ve had.

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