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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours to a reddish orange hue - head is not enormous, but lots of lacing is left as it evaporates - more than typical. Smell is phenolic and fruity, as one might expect from a Belgian Strong. Heavy-bodied with orange fruit, yeast, chile spice, a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and noticeable alcohol kick at the end with a tinge of bitterness and malts. Solid, but not outstanding, example of the style. A worthy attempt by Stone, but not at the level of Chimay. Too much alcohol burn at the end, and a bit over-bodied at the start, but the complexity in the middle makes it recommendable at any rate - certainly not faulted for lacking flavor!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (652) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours dark amber worth beige ish head. The aroma is musty and grainy with a light yeasty fruit. The taste is rich and heavy on barley with a light Belgian strong ale character. There is an up front chili spice with an intense cinnamon to cover the strong grainy beer. There is a little Belgian fruity taste, apples and sort of a cherry tint. Overall interesting, not amazing but unique.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Pour copper amber with beige head. Aroma chillies, cinnamon, caramel, hot apple cider, English malts, clove. Taste spice, cinnamon, clove, toffee, banana, chillies. MF medium thick body good carb. Interesting but not something Iíd search out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (646) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at Lucky Baldwinís in Pasadena. Aroma of plum, raisin and strong alcohol. Taste is about the same as the aroma with a little alcohol burn that may also be enhanced by the chilies. Light carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at Bad Apple, Chicago. Murky ruby with just a dusting of head. Medium bodied. Maybe the best chili beer Iíve ever had; itís a full, lasting flavor thatís more than just a spicy overtone. Belgian base is a nice counterpoint, with over-ripe fruits and a hint of sweetness to start. The spice dominates the rootsy finish in a very nice way. Very well made. Not an instant favorite, but glad I had it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wittales (635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Appearance was amber with 2 finger head and lacing. Aroma was sweetness of malts, slight chilis smell spice and yeast .Taste was sweet and balanced with complex flavours of all kinds.Malts of all types and sweetness of honey. Mouthfeel was meduim body with creamy carbonation, a beautiful long balanced finish. New top 5 beer...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (634) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
On tap at OíNiellís. Dark red with small frothy off-white head, significant lacing. Aroma is average caramel malt and hoppy. Somewhat spicy flavor with some booziness. Medium bodied with sticky mouthfeel. This was enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany red with a short lived off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Flavor is big and malty with a spicy background with just the right bite. The finish leaves a little burn in the throat from the chiles. This would go well with flame grilled red meat (especially bison). TIP: Let this beer warm a little after pouring to bring out the full flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Draft at mad mex willow grove. Pours a hazy gold with a slight head. Aroma is sweet and thin. Taste is very refreshing but not very Belgian. Canít taste the chiles.


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