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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22oz bomber from a BevMo! nearby. Clear orange brown with a one finger beige head, low retention. Smells very Belgian, in the typical American way--a little too fruity (banana) with just a hair too much sweetness. Moderate vegetal chile notes with just a little heat tickling the nose. Flavor is much the same, however the chiles dominate here. There seems to be a little less fruity Belgian esters, and a little less sweet than the aroma leads on. That said, I still am getting some caramel malt. With as much chile going on, I’d have thought that there’d be more heat than just a tinge in the back of my throat--though I guess Anaheim chiles aren’t that crazy hot to begin with. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a big full body. Since this beer really only needs to keep for 13 months, they could’ve brought the alcohol down by 2-3%. Oh well. Different enough, I suppose--but even as a lover of chiles, the Belgian esters and overall sweetness reflect poorly on my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
draft at Coles , Buffalo NY< deeper caramel colored pour, aroma has initial chili spice & heat. Along with caramel malt richness. Flavor is sweet maltiness with some chili heat. Heat builds on the palate, tabasco. OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Bomber to celebrate my grand daughters birth on 11.11.11: Clear brown amber color with a fading beige head. Aroma of yeast, spice, clove. Flavor starts with a wine like yeastiness followed by clove, light bannana/bubblegum, a hint of smoke and a hint of pepper heat. Finish is dry with a light alcohol burn and a little spicy heat. Light body is thin and watery with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bittersbetter (6) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011 does not count
This beer has a slightly hazy, honey/amber color when poured. Tan head is small and disappears, leaving a slight lacing. Smell is rich with banana and chilies -- almost a hefeweizen with chili after-smell. Flavor is a spicy kick with hints of smoked malts and almost a leather undertone. It’s not very intense; the initial flavor is banana, and it rolls into a very noticable chili flavor. There’s very little carbonation, only an initial tingle followed by a fairly smooth mouthful. The finish is dry, slightly alcoholic and there is definitely a lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4625) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle. Dark reddish amber pour, with a light tan head. Dark caramel malts, light sweetness, banana, clove, cinnamon, and light pepper heat in the finish. The yeast is too overpowering though and the spicey Stone belgian yeast strain is evident. Overall a pretty good beer though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Pours a caramel amber with a nice cream head. Smell is very light spice and caramel. Body has flavors of spice, peppers, and swet malt. Leaves a spicy hop bite in the finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6259) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
11/14/11. 22oz bomber. Sort of a special beer... one of my best friends has the birthday 11/11. Light brown pour, clear red under the light, with a small frothy tan head that fades fast but leaves clumps on top and laces plenty. Huge estery profile in the aroma - banana, cloves, yeast, and definitely cinnamon - it reminds me simultaneously of cinnamon toothpaste and pumpkin beers. Slightly sweet caramel entry followed by bold, fruity Belgian yeast, bubblegum, bitter tannic roastiness, a bit of coffee, definite cinnamon, and just a hint of metal. The flavor lingers both caramelly sweet and roasty bitter. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
In bomber from the brewery. Drank on 11/11/11. Looks amber caramel with tan head. Smells of thick dark caramel and earthy smoothness. Tastes of caramel but molded by the cinnamon and slight tinge of pepper on the back end that makes this beer drinkable and savory. I cant wait to taste it aged a year from now. Overall 7.5 of 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at Stone. Mahogany pour with a nice white head. Aroma was spicy, yeasty, some breadiness and cloves maybe? Flavor was spicy, yeasty, malty. Mouth feel was really thin. Would have been nice to have a bit more to chew on. Good beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4592) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours bright mahogany into a snifter. White head recedes to hug rim. Sweet toffee, yeast and cinnamon aromas. Thin and spicy with upfront smoky pepper turning to sweet toffee before the lasting hot chocolate finish.

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