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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8146) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Murky red - red brownish color, medium to full sized dense beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, sweetness, a touch of herbs or spices. Taste malts, again quite sweet, alcohol or liquor, some herbs or spices, but slightly hops and a very nice bitterness as well. Medium to full body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7855) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a clear amber to lightly red hued body with a small, off-white head. Decent retention, but a ring of bubbles is always constant. Okay lace. Aromas are earthy, light banana/bubblegum esters, slight nasal burn, vegital, pepper, alcohol and a bit of caramel. Really a lot of green/vegital/chlorophyll notes. A hint of cinnamon and lightly bready as it warms. Flavors are bit different. Some initial maltiness, caramel and a bit of alcohol richness (maybe more than a bit of alcohol, but it comes across as a richness instead of a harsh fusel), bitter, very mild heat towards the finish. Noticeable banana esters, but minimal yeast phenolics. On that note, it is a bit earthy and peppery, but not in a yeast based way. Vanilla and cinnamon. Pretty bitter overall although the alcohol helps ensure a neutral balance. A touch chalky. Medium bubbles, medium to full bodied, a touch of pepper heat and a bit of alcohol warming on the palate. Different, but the flavors come together pretty well overall. Unique and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours deep coppery ruby with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is funky yeasty malt, mild spice, peppery. Tastes rich, malty, with resiny and astringent syrupy funky notes. I definitely get a chili peppery flavor here, but overall the syrupy sweetness doesn’t gel so well with the funky malt and resiny syrupy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
2012-05-04. Light hazy dark amber body with a modest off-white head. 3+ Strong aroma is spicy, clove, cinnamon and Christmas candle. 7+ Flavour is similarly strong, lots of spice character, cinnamon, Chili hints, mild sweet malt and light yeast. Spice lingers Long into the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate. It’s nice but the spice is quite strong and I don’t love it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7328) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
650ml bottle. It pours a reddish brown with a huge slightly sandy head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is good but the Belgian yest is far too upfront. Underneath the huge blast of yeast is some nice spiciness from the chilies and cinnamon. The flavor is better. Nice chili flavor though not a ton of spiciness which would have been nice. It tastes like a hot pepper candy with a hint of sugar and fruit. The yeast s a bit more dialed-down in the flavor but still plagues it. They messed up with the yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a clear deep mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet biscuity dark malty nose with some nutty notes and cinnamon spice. Starts with good fullness and finely-dissolved carbonation with a mild lightly toasted sweetness and good cinnamon flavor before a drier, doughy bittersweet finish with some light peppery spice. Has a little too much bitterness in the finish for my tastes, but overall a pretty unique and well made brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bomber. Poured medium amber with a creamy, well-retained khaki head. The aroma opened with quite a bit of cinnamon and dried chiles, with some caramel and biscuity notes beneath.. a bit of medicinal sourness evident.. interesting. The flavor found that same slightly medicinal sourness throughout, but not necessarily in a bad way.. caramel and chewy bready notes at the core.. cinnamon and cloves around the middle, ramping up toward the finish.. light dried chiles back there too.. peppery warmth with more of the sourness at the end. Medium-bodied and a little more sour than I wanted on the palate.. there was some really good stuff in there, but it didn’t fully come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2012
22oz bomber pours amber with copper hues and 2 minute long dark tan head. The aroma offers up spicy Belgian yeast, some lemon grass notes, a bit of black pepper and then sugary sweetness at the end of the draw. The taste comes across fresh and lively and deep and rich too. I get some plums and cherries rolling into coriander and cloves. Toward the finish it picks up an additional complimentary note of black pepper corns. I’m digging this. The more I consume the more it picks up sort of chili pepper flavors. Nice stuff indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Amber-ruby beer with a tan head. Chili and yeast aroma with light caramel. Chili flake flavor with yeast, caramel, and some earthiness. ,medium bodied. Chili and yeast lingers with caramel, earth, and light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6726) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Tap at Churchill’s, San Marcos. It pours deep amber, with a decent beige head. The nose is banana, chilli pepper, earth, cinnamon and caramel. The taste is caramelised banana, caramel, toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some chilli pepper, wood and earth, with some bitterness in the finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew for sure, but I just don’t thing the balance is quite right.

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