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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of chilies, malt, slight cinnamon, pepper, and slight Belgian yeast. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear but slightly cloudy. Full of tiny particles throughout. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly spicy. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, slight caramel, and a hint of chili. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, Belgian yeast, slight cinnamon, hint of chili finish. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Poured a nice amber colour with a slightly khaki head. Pleasent nose of cinnamon and malt. No hint of the chiles, but a very nice drink, with alcohol completely hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Found a bottle at a local liquor store. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Deep copper color with a small head. The cinnamon really comes out in the aroma as well as some heat from the mixture of chilis and alcohol. Taste is a little bit sweet with almost a ginger bread flavor. I could only taste the chilis after eating some spicy food but even still they’re very subdued. Mouthfeel was nice and silky making it a pleasure to drink. Going to purchase another bottle and age it for a year or so, this one definitely needs to mature. All around very good, definitely prefer it to the 10-10-10, but definitely needs to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caveslug (3) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2011 does not count
I was leary of this brew, and of this review. Its complicated, and this is my first. I am biased in that I know Stone makes some good stuff, and but I am sceptical of adjuncts. Also, by reading the label I know this beer is green - best after 12/12/12. Well, I saved 2 more bottles for then - but what about now? Color is a rich copper. Aroma is first banana - the yeast is taking center stage - then more complicated fruits. Taste is very fruity with some spicy alcohol, no heat. Peppers add more richness and cinnamon adds to the sweet and fruity theme of this brew. Mouth has light off-white head and light carbonation. bit syrupy at this stage as this ale is still in its youth. Overall a brew who will have its fans - and not. In its current form it is a bit sweet for my taste and needs more time. Not spicy - more complicated. I’ll try this again 12/12/12. Cheers!

   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 (3486) - 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 (1616) - 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 (5860) - Pennsburg, 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 (6411) - 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 (11864) - 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.

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