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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2011
On tap. Didnít get any of the chiles. Got some barrel, got lots it actually. Barrel dominated and thru me for a loop. Certainly not what youíd expect...again. Least this time it doesnít taste like flower petals.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
This one did not age well at all or it was just flawed from the beginning. The aroma was of chilies, cinnamon and gym socks. The spicy, sweet, and yeasty flavors didnít really work that well together. It was so dry and astringent that I couldnít even chug it to get it out of the way. Thereís no way I could have drank a whole bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2012
Color is clear red/ amber from a goblet. Nose is great- toffee maltiness, yeast w/ notes of cinnamon & banana. Flavor is malt up front- more toffee, caramel, followed by spicy yeast & a slight burn from the chili. A good beer, just not great like I expect from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (212) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Slightly cloudy, light brown liquid with a small off-white head. Drapes aplenty. Robust malty aroma of dark fruits with a hint of hot spices. A bit underwhelming, medium sweet taste, some almost medicinal bitterness towards the finish, a little alcohol. There is definitely chilli and cinnamon there but they feel kind of tired like an old spice jar left on the rack though the best before date passed years ago. Some chilli heat in the aftertaste. Medium to rich mouthfeel, low carbonation. Think I held on to this one a bit too long, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Aroma of chilis, sugar, alcohol, spice. Pours well with beautiful head, red/brown reminiscent of Insanely Bad Elf. Unbalanced in flavor, with chilis, sharp vegetal hop flavor, Medium bodied, strong carbonation, and a bit of tropical note. Warming for sure, and needs a bit of time IMO. Tasted from the bottle @ 58F.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (211) - - AUG 11, 2012
This beer is different! Iím not sure what fruit they added but its not good. First taste was awful but after two or three more out was ok. Doing think Iíll try again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a gorgeous dark ruby red with a fluffy eggshell head. Big Belgian yeast aroma of banana and clove. Taste is very interesting. Alcohol warmth fills the palate on the first sip, then flavors of cinnamon, clove, and toast come through. Finish is sweet toasty malt, gingerbread, subtle chili heat, and floral hop bitterness. Thin to medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. A great choice for the holidays and another unique beer from Stone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Pours beautiful amber with white head. Neutral smell. Tastes like peppers, cinnamon, caramel, malt, and hops. A bit sticky on the finish, with a very bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
In bomber from the brewery. Drank on 11/11/11. Looks amber caramel with tan head. Smells of thick dark caramel and earthy smoothness. Tastes of caramel but molded by the cinnamon and slight tinge of pepper on the back end that makes this beer drinkable and savory. I cant wait to taste it aged a year from now. Overall 7.5 of 10.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 This beer leaves me with a confused look on my face. The spices they used in this beer seem to have worked very well. The base beer however, seems a bit dull, especially when combined with the interesting chili notes. The initial taste that I get is full of the spice from the chili and cinnamon that is quickly followed by waves of yeast and belgian beer characters that frankly donít work to compliment the spice at all. I feel that these spices may be better served with a beer that has a deeper malt background instead of one where the yeast character is fighting with the spices. Altogether this is not as good as 10-10-10 and I didnít love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.

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