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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   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 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 don’t 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 didn’t love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with yeast, cinnamon, other spices, citrus. Spicy flavor; sweetness from the aroma is absent. Dry finish with lingering spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series. P: A vivacious clear amber to copper body that has a dollop of tan bubbly head. S: Nice a peppery, Anaheim pepper, picketed bell peppers, picketed jalapeño peppers, banana phenol, orchard fruit, cinnamon. Nice heat to this. T/M: Spicy peppers continue with a spices and sweet malt background. Medium smooth tight body crisp carbonation. O: Nice and spicy. Tons of different variations of spice to this. Spicy hops and vinegar soaked peppers. The heat was really brought with this beer and it developed nicely. I have to expect that it was quite intense when fresh. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours deep ruby brown with a quickly fading cream colored head. Nose initially of clove and yeast, but chili peppers become more apparent as it warms. Less sweet than its brothers, with an obvious focus on the smokiness of the pepper, and cloves coming out in the finish. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, with some lingering heat. I really wasn’t expecting the peppers to be so prominent. I thought it would be pretty subtle, but they went a different way with this beer, and I applaud them for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks Thomas15 22oz Bottle A - Pours caramel with a small tan head. Good lacing. S - Cinnamon & butterscotch. T - Cinnamon, malt base, mild pepper, & bitter hops. M - Medium bodied. Mellow carbonation. Dry/astringent finish. O - Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Gorgeous beer, a deep, rich, cloudy copper. Strong cinnamon on the aroma, brown sugar, chiles are lurking, spice... well-made, great mouthfeel, assertive flavors, nicely balanced, alternately bitter & sweet, tinge of heat, really well crafted beer, delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Smells very strong of spices, chilies, and cinnamon. Sweet and very spicy with a strong chili taste and cinnamon backbone. Not too bitter, but very spicy. Gets a bit tiring to the palate after the first 12 oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2012
cloudy appearance, dark orange, fresh aroma, cinnamon notes, drank from 8oz clear glass ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Very malty cinnamon flavor. Sweet rate with veer common sweety finish. Unbelievably good and complex beer.

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