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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle.   Pours dark brown with thick tan head.  Aroma of bananas, spices, chilies, and dark fruits.  Taste of bread, spice, and Belgian yeast.  Medium mouthfeel.  Reminds of a Dubbel .  Kind of bland.  Zero chilies or cinnamon in the flavor.  Just OK.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
22 oz. from who-the-hell-knows. Apparently only grabbed one bottle of this stuff last, last November as it doesn’t look like I rated it at all. Well, Now it’s Feb. 2013 so I suppose I should crack it open. Very warm and fuzzy on the tongue. Caramel, sweet, licorice, and alcohol that pops in now and again. Not a whole lot of spiciness going on, though I suppose that’s because it’s been sitting around for 15 months. The different flavor profiles have all mushed together in a pleasant muddle. I haven’t tried a lot of these Vertical Epics so I can’t compare to other vintages, but this works.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap. Pours very dark with brown head. Good roasty aroma with malt, cinnamon and was hard but I got a little bit of the chilli peppers. Taste was very strong and surprising with a light bitter tone.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThreeCats (674) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
Hazy amber with a nice head. Aroma of alcohol and oxidation, raisins, caramel. Taste of lots of the same, very raisiny, some mango, nose that lasts into palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a reddish brown with yellow hues on the outside. Thin head with good lacing. The aroma is full of typical Belgian sugars and yeast. The flavor is rather ordinary, but there are cool spices... cinnamon, maybe anise, that really make the beer pop. I found it to be more enjoyable than several others in the vertical line.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. This was a really tasty offering from Stone! Sometimes, Stone beers are too much for me to handle, but this Belgian Strong Ale has a not too heavy body with a nice black color. There are notes of root beer, sweet tobacco, leather, and a sneaky spiciness from the chiles. Really tasty sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at Lucky Baldwin’s 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (659) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Deep reddish brown color in the glass. It has an aroma of roasted malts and spices. The flavor is smooth with banana’s and figs. The spice from the chile comes on the back end. Tasty beer. Definitely caught me off guard but it was good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a dark amber with shades of ruby and a medium brown head. Aroma is yeasty with malt and spice. Flavor is yeast, malt, noticeable spicy chili notes, some cinnamon, peppery notes, and sweet alcohol on the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very good and unique brew.


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