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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I buy these beers for the novelty now, because I almost expect not to like them. This beer is a wreck, and sadly, doesnít reflect a hint of the chilies that I was hoping for. Aroma is sweet Juicy Fruit gum/Belgian yeast. Pour was a nice deep red with a one finger off white head. Taste was very Belgian. Strong sweet Belgian candi sugar and sweet malt in the front. The top of the tongue is almost numbed by the sweetness. Sweet chewy sugary aftertaste with little alcohol burn.This beer is too syrupy and sweet for my tastes. Would love to find the cinnamon or chilies, but they arenít there.Mild carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark amber with beige head. Aroma of fruit esters, farmhouse, malt and chilie. Flavor is much the same with a light sweetness and vaugue earthiness with subtle spice heat in the finish. Moutfeel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, very strange brew buy not bad!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dark red-brown. Smells sweet with light fruits, banana and spices. Taste is very sweet with fruity tartness and spicy cloves. Add a hint of chili to the mix and youíve got this bizarre concoction... Unfortunately, Iím not digginí it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I donít know why I got this, I hate peppers. Ok, so it pours a clean ruby copper with two fingers of sandstone tan head. Looks nice if nothing else. Nose is.....ew. Ok, so Iím going to have a hard time separating the actual execution of this recipe from my disposition against peppers and all capsaicin. So, the nose has lots of chile in it. Lots. No me gusta. Thereís also a mild candy sweetness and pie spice in there. Man, that raw pepper flavor makes it such that I just canít drink this one. Sorry Stone, not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Interesting to say the least. Iím still not quite sure how I feel about it. Initial impression had a root beer like aroma, sweet and earthy with just a very subtle hint of the chili. The pour clear dark amber with a red tint. The head was white and lacing, very nice looking. The flavor started with the root beer sweetness and then you get the chili, and after that the cinnamon comes through. Just for the illogical pairing that seems to work, I have to give a little extra credit. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
10oz pour at Tylers apex. Good aroma, sweet, spice. Caramel, Chiles and cinnamon dance around. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Bitterdry finish. Good, though Iím not asking for another aroma did get better as warmed, chilies and cinnamon seemed to get more pronounced as it warmed. Flavor was sweet, maybe a tad overbearing. Will try again if it lasts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a thin white to beige head. Soft chili on the nose, pepper fruit, hints of cinnamon and yeast. Malt, a touch of bitterness right away. Cinnamon, toast and very faint pepper fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Deep brown relatively opaque, white head, great lacing and retention... definitely has some chili, not offensive, but spicy, very apparent in the flavor, belgian yeasts, some fruits, some spice, but i dont get any cinnamon... aroma also has the chilis, some spice... like a decent double that gets muddled an addition, in this case chilis, quite interesting... medium full bodied..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle from McScrooges. Pours dark brown with a small head. The aroma is a bit much. I can tell this is going to be a sticky son of a bitch. Cloves and bubblegum are huge in the aroma along with a blast of cinnamon. The first sip is thick. Spices and sticky esters are ruining my palate. The finish is too much to handle between the overdone Belgian yeast and the boat loads of cinnamon. Tone it down guys, tone it down. And btw, I canít tell there are chilies anywhere in this for all the cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bomber from Imbibe Wine. Nose is cinnamon, cloves, candi sugar, and a very light vegetal chilie note. Clear rust copper with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly peppery, lightly sweet, caramel, and cinnamon. Finishes with light peppery warmth.

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