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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (228) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Slightly cloudy, light brown liquid with a small off-white head. Drapes aplenty. Robust malty aroma of dark fruits with a hint of hot spices. A bit underwhelming, medium sweet taste, some almost medicinal bitterness towards the finish, a little alcohol. There is definitely chilli and cinnamon there but they feel kind of tired like an old spice jar left on the rack though the best before date passed years ago. Some chilli heat in the aftertaste. Medium to rich mouthfeel, low carbonation. Think I held on to this one a bit too long, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (743) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Aroma is strong with raisins and cinnamon. The taste has a strong raisin flavor with other spices intermixed. Had this at a Stone tap event at Triangle Wine in Southern Pines.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2715) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Cinnamon, Mild Pepper Heat Appearance: Deep Amber/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Cinnamon, Peppers, Mild Heat, Mild Brown Sugar Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mild Heat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Deep red/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of cinnamon, banana, cloves, and sweet malts. Flavor is on the spicy side - brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, chili, and must. Strange beer, but it kind of works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (994) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2014
On tap at F&B during a "Tap Takeover" in Wellington NZ. Considering I had had many other Stone brews in the days leading up to this one, and all had been singularly excellent, I wasn’t surprised when I found this one the same. Same (excellent) but different (flavoured).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Had back in 2011, but just recently drank my last bottle. This was a weird one. Nose was on point, but the flavors didn’t really come out in full force like they could’ve. Here’s to experimentation though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, malty, spicy nose with dried fruit, cinnamon, chilli, toffee, a touch of coriander and estery aromas of banana and clove. Malty, fruity, spicy taste with notes of dried fruit, toffee, cinnamon, chilli, orange peel, honey, banana, clove and a touch of chocolate. Medium spicy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Soft and rounded mouthfeel for its strength. The chilli is quite flavourful, but with balanced heat. Lots of cinnamon and yeasty esters coming through. Sounded weird, but is actually quite enjoyable and fairly well balanced. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series. P: A vivacious clear amber to copper body that has a dollop of tan bubbly head. S: Nice a peppery, Anaheim pepper, picketed bell peppers, picketed jalapeño peppers, banana phenol, orchard fruit, cinnamon. Nice heat to this. T/M: Spicy peppers continue with a spices and sweet malt background. Medium smooth tight body crisp carbonation. O: Nice and spicy. Tons of different variations of spice to this. Spicy hops and vinegar soaked peppers. The heat was really brought with this beer and it developed nicely. I have to expect that it was quite intense when fresh. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy red/brown pour with a white head sweet malt aromas with cinnamon and subtle pepper notes. Flavor is similar with the pepper character being just enough to add some nice complexity to the beer. Abv is well-hidden. This one was very easy to drink. Aged very well. Props to StFun for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Lots of credit to make a beer this far out of the box, but it doesn’t work for me. The Belgian Strong Ale community is littered with the remains of those that don’t rise to the top, and although most don’t work due to compromised ingredients, this doesn’t because of the actual ingredients. Nice try.

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