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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Tap. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, Belgian yeast, but only a touch of chili peppers. Interesting flavor, takes a little bit to get used to. Cinnamon and chili peppers are both there which is a weird combination at first, but gets better. Slightly sweet, not that spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle pour. Slightly hazy brown sugar pour, not much head, not much lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, slightly smokey, slight peppers, but not much. Taste is lots of belgian yeast notes, a bit of smoke, quite a bit of chile pepper taste with light lingering heat from the peppers. Pretty darn nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to Ian! Light brown pour, very little carbonation and an aroma of caramel, nuts and clove. Flavor is also clove, a little chocolate and the flavor of spicy green peppers, but not spicy (if that makes sense.) Didnít think Iíd like this, but actually really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1428) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown/amber with a beige head - fairly mild - in this snifter; light, spotty lacing is present here. The nose is spicy cinnamon, light belgian notes; I think the nose is actually the highlight here ; a hint of chili peppers , I suppose - but it isnít easy to discern. This one grew on me a bit - The flavor profile is spicy, cinnamon initially - with bready malts, light chilis, with mild belgian notes, apple skins - with some chilis on the finish - Not exactly epic but... an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bomber poured into huge tulip glass. The aroma is much like a strong dubbel with fig chewy scents- appearance is lighter than others, clear and lighter shade of brown. Taste is crazy- I had no idea what to expect with the chillies but man they make it work! Its like a blend of malt-sweet, bitter-hop, and spicy chillies! Really a remarkably well made beer! Not something I can drink regularly but a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy brownish/ruby red color with a half inch off-white head. The head doesnít stay around for long, and thereís a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like cinnamon, cloves, peppers, and a bit of bananas. It tastes like cloves, cinnamon, spicy and sweet peppers, bready malt, bananas and a bit of dark fruit. The heat from the peppers isnít close to being hot, but the spiciness is noticeable. Itís sweet, spicy and bitter all at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit oily and coating with moderate carbonation. Itís also easy enough to drink. Overall I liked it, itíll be interesting to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
aroma of sweet malts,apples yeast earth and cinnamon/spice...reddish brown color with half inch tan head plenty of lacing..complex flavor of cinnamom spice caramel malts apple citrus yeast n pepper perhaps a bit like wine at the end..fairly full bodied and thick in texture,light carbonation..long bittersweet finish..overall a top notch curiousity with plenty of winter warmth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle pours a clear amber/red with a thin off white head. Scent is caramel, fruit, and yeast. Taste is yeast and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1316) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bomber from the QFC in University Village. Fluffy light tan head, with a dark copper colored body. Looks decent, to me. Lots of yeast, sugar, and a tough of cinnamon. The aroma is a bit cloying, but itís not that bad. Very pungent aroma, with a soft pepper backing. Not bad, in terms of nuances, but this fucker smells way too sweet. Wow, itís sweet for about two seconds, and then a pepper flavor hits, and lingers, and melds somewhat well with a soft bitterness. The sweetness is poking through, intermittently, and doesnít seem to go along with the general theme. To me, the peppers are a huge mistake. They simply donít add a thing to this, other than a pepper flavor that annoyingly mixes in terribly with the overall Belgian style. Nice try, Stone, but this misses the target.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1181) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle from Triangle grocery. It very well may have been purchased on 11/11/11. Aroma-is banana, slight clove, nuts, sunflower seeds, a lil peppery. Flavor: Sweet flavor, but relatively dry mouth feel-good. Begins with some fruitiness-cherry, and yeasty. Nicely phenolic in the finish. Dries out quite a bit in the finish-some caramel nuttiness there too.

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