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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
On draught at Petrol Station. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and spices. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, herbs and subtle chili pepper. The finish is fruity and malty, with the chili pepper all but nonexistent, possibly due to the age? Pretty good regardless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8893) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Poured from a 650ml bottle. Bubbly fawn-coloured head over a bright mahogany coloured body. Drying aroma of herbs, old books and caramel. Rather strange and unusual taste of bread, spices, wood and, in fact, beetroot joined by some jammy fruits as well. Drying end with warming alcohol. Quite well bodied. Not sure what to make of it, anyway, not a great one (TromsÝ 17.04.2015).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8807) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Mr. Beaumont as a prize for my most fantastic Movember moustache (RIP). Deep hazy brown pour with a thin off white head. Fairly sticky lacing. The aroma is odd - fusely with a little bit of light banana and a sort of vegetal character. There is a little bit of light pepper flavour although there isnít much pepper heat at all. A little bit of cocoa and some soft cinnamon flavour - although there isnít a whole lot of this in the flavour. Itís almost peppery and a little bit chewy, but there is a touch of banana on the back. As it warms up, the pepper flavour does pop out but the sort of dirty fusels also amplify. This is a bit of a mess really. Maybe itíll age into something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8593) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8311) - 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 doesnít gel so well with the funky malt and resiny syrupy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (8282) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split many ways, pours a dark reddish amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and some spices (cinnamon, coriander, and some other undetectable ones). Flavour is quite spicy and sweet, with a melange of spices, sweet, candied sugar / caramel malt, toasted nuts, with burnt sugar / cloying sweetness on the finish. Nasty medicinal finish. Not impressed with this series, least of all this latest installment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8276) - 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. Itís nice but the spice is quite strong and I donít love it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Tap at Churchillís, 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 donít thing the balance is quite right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (7935) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. Big body. Lighter, crisp carbonation. Mildly sticky finish. Mostly clear darker red color. Minimal off-white head. Good chile nose, but taste is more astringently sweet. Light chile kick, but Iím not sure that it works with the candy sweetness of this brew, though. Light chile and belgian candi sugar aroma. Decent, wish it was less sweet, though, with more pronounced chile

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7894) - 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.

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