NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy red/brown pour with a white head sweet malt aromas with cinnamon and subtle pepper notes. Flavor is similar with the pepper character being just enough to add some nice complexity to the beer. Abv is well-hidden. This one was very easy to drink. Aged very well. Props to StFun for the bottle!
AskForJenny (1062) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz cellared - Iíve been sitting on this one. The time was right. Nice ale, gold color, froth. I really had no sense of the chiles or the cinnamon.
maley1 (1042) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear copper pour with beige head, quickly dissipating. Aroma of dark fruit, spices, cinnamon, honey and yeast. Taste of caramel, malts, yeast, dark fruit, cinnamon, iced tea and faint chili heat on the finish. Full bodied, nice carbonation, long hop syrupy finish. Tasty and interesting but became cloying by the end of the bottle.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at OíNeillís on 12 Nov 11. Pours a clear and impressive deep dark amber with lasting tan head. Medium to full body. Rich malty flavors with subtle spices and a slight warming note. A bit filing but nice cold weather sipping beer. 11/12/2011
On draught at OíNeillís Stone Beer Dinner. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Full-bodied. Even match between chile and slightly dry malty flavors. Late bump from chile heat. Belgian yeast character comes out when paired with clam chowder. Cinnamon spice not pronounced.
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPAís. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really unique. Sweet flavor comes through from the peppers, and the spice is all from the hops and cinnamon, not spicy hot, just spiced. Sweet malty flavor carries it home.
daleharshman (1030) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased ten months ago (at the time of release) at Holiday Wine Cellar ($6.99). Pours into my Stone IRS snifter an interesting muddy red-brown color with one finger of vigorous light brown head. Aroma has a lot of vegetal chiles along with significant spice (cinnamon, clover, ginger, holiday spice) and some fruitiness. Flavor also has the mild Anaheim chiles right off the bat, but is soon followed by additional layers of complexity with notes of gingerbread (the cinnamon), caramel, banana, clove and other spices, some sticky dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. The flavor certainly improved as it warmed up. The significant fruity-sweetness actually works well here. The high ABV is deceptively well-concealed. This is certainly not the train wreck that some people think it is. I applaud Stone for making a decidedly different beer here, but this is not something I would want to drink very often. (479, 737)
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep rusty orange-brown with a moderate off white head. Aroma of honey, orange, marzipan, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and traces of earth or toast. Maybe itís cold, but Iím not getting chilies on the nose. Flavor begins kinda sweet with brown sugar, honey and cinnamon, followed up with some toast, earth and raisins. Finishes with a slight bit of heat from the chili peppers, and a drying sensation on the throat that almost seems like its from too much cinnamon. Thereís also some earth and bitterness, but dry sensation and aftertaste that resembles over-steeped tea is TOO big of a departure from the initial flavor for me. Moderate carbonation, creamy and full mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol. Itís not gonna be confused for a Belgian ale from Belgium anytime soon, but I love the mouthfeel. For me, thereís more to like here and be intrigued by even though I can see why people donít like this.
TheJvd (1021) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample from botte at Camping Ratebeer í14. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has quite some raisins, dark fruits, caramel and some alcohol. Taste has alcohol, caramel, raisins, dark fruits and some spices. Medium body and carbo.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a crystal clear ruby ale with a thin, light khaki head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite spicy, warm and... food-like. There are notes of cinnamon, clove, apple, pear and vegetables. There seems to be a touch of sweetness in the nose. Itís pretty full bodied and lively. It leaves the mouth feeling slick for a while. Thereís a lot going on in the taste. Overall, itís pretty earthy and fruity. The sweetness I smelled doesnít seem to be present in the mouth. Thereís a hint of apple right at the beginning. Then, itís stone fruit, cinnamon and clove. The finish is a little phenolic and very peppery, but in a black pepper sense. I wasnít able to isolate the flavor of Anaheim chilies. There seem to be hints of soy sauce, vegetables (like a V8) and possibly smoke. I dig this. Itís probably clichť to say itís unique, but, well... it is. I feel like if I let this one age, Iíd interpret some of these flavors as possible oxidation. I tend to appreciate beer with crazy stuff thown in it and this is no exception. The Belgian yeast provides a curve ball here, and makes things a lot more complex than they would be otherwise, I suspect.