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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3443) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip. Amber and hazy with a small head. Aroma and flavor of light pepper, cinnamon, veggie, fruity esters, yeast, toasted malts and spices. It was OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
high_on_hops (788) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pours a hazy reddish brown with an off white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of chiles, cinnamon, raisin and other dark fruit notes. The flavor is spicy chiles and sweet malt up front leading to a spicy sweet finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
11.11.2013. 22 oz. bottle opened 2 years after release. Pours deep copper with a small tan head. Sweet fruity aromas with malt and spice. The peppers still show though, but the cinnamon is gone which is great in my book. For a beer this old, mine held up pretty good and not as flat as I had expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3063) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2013
Happy 11.11, the time has come to clear space in my cellar & drink this bottle of Stone’s Vertical Epic 11.11 I got it from Asahiya, 9.4%. Served in a Trappist glass, a beautiful mellow amber brown pour with a beige head. The aroma is malty sweet with some fruity notes of figs & chili heat. The taste is malty, nutty, sweet, figs, plums & a mild chili heat in the finish. This was made with cinnamon but I don’t pick up on that at all. A nice Belgian with some heat from the booze & the Anaheim chilies! I think I agree with others, it isn’t aging that well but is still ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4149) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
tap. brown with small head. this is an odd brew. subtle spice from the peppers. light cinnamon. malt and fruit. there’s a lot of flavors going on, but i’m not sure they all go together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (974) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - this was aged, but it has completely lost the chile heat or cinnamon character. I agree with the brother, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3747) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Brusin’ Ales. Pours brown wih a thin khaki head. Has a slight pepper note on the note. Has some roasted pepper notes on the tongue but they’re faint. Hides its alcohol well. Did not exactly benefit by aging. Eh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle. I had this in 10/13 so it had been cellared properly for a while. I was not a huge fan of this brew. The chiles gave it an off flavor i think.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beertholomeus (1189) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours a burn amber color with off white head. Malt, chili, yeast and spice aroma. Yeast, chili, spice and malt flavors. Medium body and astringent chili finish. Can’t say i’m a fan.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
In short: An dreadful spicy sweet copper ale of kind, gross is so many ways….
How: Bottle 22oz. Once fresh (way too spicy for me). This rating for a forgotten bottle aged in the back my cellar.
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a medium beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is on the heavy-spicy side, gingerbread man, christmas cinnamon candy can, cookies, yeasty phenols. Taste is sickeningly sweet, a lot of candi sugar, sweet cookies, strong yeast presence along with accompanied fruity flavors, strange lavender bath essence sensation, awkward spiciness. I could go on for pages, I got new weird shit at each sip, but I quickly drained poured it. The annoying hot spiciness of the fresh bottle is gone but that just makes the gross excessive sweetness even more apparent, so it is pretty much just as bad now, if not worse than a fresh hot spicy bottle. I used to have blind faith in Stone and I would buy multiple bottles of each of their new releases and anniversary beers, but after atrocities like this beer and the Belgo Anise RIS, I lost my faith. Everywhere else this beer would be called 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale because we don’t use the stupid mm-dd-yy American date format.

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