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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Amber red pour, on draught at Churchkey. Nose and flavor both hold both kinds of spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg along with some good chili presence. Candied sugar and caramel comes through as well. Palate is underwhelming. This series has gotten worse and worse.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flatmatt (1060) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a red amber with a yellowy off-white head. Aroma has red grape, a little yeasty banana, a hint of tartness. Flavor has some dark fruit, cocoa powder, earthiness. An interesting flavor that I canít place until I remember seeing the note about Anaheim chilies. I also get the cinnamon a little. Seems pretty well done, but I just donít think I can get totally into this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle from Samís. Much better price (~$9.50) than I saw elsewhere. Pours amber-caramel brown, pretty much clear with a light yellowish head. Nose of sweet malts, mild hops, toffee, earthy vegetal notes, spice, and cinnamon. Nose shows a bit of the chiles, but the taste doesnít exactly show them. There is something there, but I wouldnít have picked out chiles first. Lots more spice and candied sugar on the taste. Sweet. Turned out to be a good post-Thanksgiving dinner beer and went well with pecan/bourbon/chocolate chip pie, but it was honestly sort of a mess. Seems like the base beer without the chiles and cinnamon was good, so that saved it to some degree.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2593) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle: Dark caramel pour with a finger of sandy head. I can smell the chiles, but thats where it ends. Light chile aroma and some spiciness from the cinnamon and maybe cloves too. Flavor is more of the spices and Belgian yeast. The yeast is a nice compliment. Smooth and good; damn I wanted to taste those chiles, but it just didnít happen for me. Still a nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Johnsense (756) - - NOV 27, 2011
Copper/Ruby pour - 1 finger of head. Iím getting Peppers, Grass and some funk from the years in the aroma. Fruit and chiliís in the taste. A bit of herbal grassiness, candy, yeast, very little cinnamon if any. After a few drinks the Chiliís become dominant. Spicy. Thin body, prickly carbonation. The chili and grassiness work against this beer - I could probably cook with a few splashes though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of peppery, earthy notes, stone fruits, toffee malts. The taste is peppers, stone fruits and pale malts in the finish. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2011
On tap. Didnít get any of the chiles. Got some barrel, got lots it actually. Barrel dominated and thru me for a loop. Certainly not what youíd expect...again. Least this time it doesnít taste like flower petals.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
Bottle.... Pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head. distinctive cinnamon taste in the beginning followed by the Anaheim chili at the end.. the spiciness is unique. An interesting beer but nothing iím craving anytime soon. just ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (858) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Tap. Interesting. Can definitely get the chili in both the flavor and aroma. Not sure if Iíd consume mass quantities but glad I tried it.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours copper with a large beige head. Aroma of funk with a hint of pepper. Flavors of caramel malts, artificial sweetener, syrup, a funky yeast flavor and peppers starting in the middle to the end. Donít taste the cinnamon. Overall the flavors combine to give the beer a taste similar to dirt. Not good.


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