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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bomber. Lightly hazy, nut brown-copper with a small film of head that tries to last. Nose is brown sugar, peppery clove, banana, and shellac. Wow taste is the same, with some gummy wheat and cough medicine. Medium body is tingly with alcohol and capsicum; sweet but dried a bit by the noticeable alcohol. Not bad, but tastes like nothing more than a boozy dunkel Hefeweissen, mit einigen kleinen pfeffer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours deep ruby brown with a quickly fading cream colored head. Nose initially of clove and yeast, but chili peppers become more apparent as it warms. Less sweet than its brothers, with an obvious focus on the smokiness of the pepper, and cloves coming out in the finish. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, with some lingering heat. I really wasn’t expecting the peppers to be so prominent. I thought it would be pretty subtle, but they went a different way with this beer, and I applaud them for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Beer is clear medium brown with a light tan head. Aromas are sweet banana and spicy from the cinnamon. Taste is sweet Belgian yeast and cinnamon on the front end, but as the flavor lingers some warmth from the chilies, and some vegetable taste. The bitterness also comes in on the back end. Body is medium. ABV is disguised well. A good one in this great series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap. Pours very dark with brown head. Good roasty aroma with malt, cinnamon and was hard but I got a little bit of the chilli peppers. Taste was very strong and surprising with a light bitter tone.

   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.) Didn’t think I’d like this, but actually really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1435) - 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 isn’t 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 (660) - 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 (1615) - 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 doesn’t stay around for long, and there’s 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 isn’t close to being hot, but the spiciness is noticeable. It’s sweet, spicy and bitter all at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit oily and coating with moderate carbonation. It’s also easy enough to drink. Overall I liked it, it’ll be interesting to see how this one ages.

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