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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%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6544) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft at elliott bay pizza. Pours a slightly hazy medium bronzeycamber. Loose gray head. Big spicey pie like nose, dark and savory sweet. Sticky thick body. Spicy, syrupy flavor profile. Almost hot. Long sticky dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1028) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at O’Neill’s 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 O’Neill’s 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, cinnamon and light chilies. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of burnt carmel, cinnamon, toffee and a hint of chilies with a crisp lingering burnt carmel finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1141) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Tap. Interesting. Can definitely get the chili in both the flavor and aroma. Not sure if I’d consume mass quantities but glad I tried it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a nice reddish brown and has a very interesting spice character that got worse as time went by for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark red. With a quick pour, you get a light tan foamy head that fades to nothing. Fairly clear after it settles.

Aroma: Big red(gum) from the Belgian yeast and cinnamon. At first I smelled straight up bubble gum, but as it warmed, the cinnamon intersected. A little bit of clove too.

Taste: Bitter earthy cinnamon, burnt crust and dominating fruity spicy belgian yeast. Very dry. Oily pepper essence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lively prickly bubbles. Full bodied.

Overall: Never had a beer like this beer before. I happened to have made a pan of gingerbread cake, and I’ll tell you, it was an accidental perfect pairing. Is this a beer you would want multiple glasses of? Probably not, but it is for sure a standout beer that will have you smelling, thinking and talking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle, this beer was a clear amber/red with a small off white head. The taste is, interesting, some cinnamon, clove, and definitely pepper. This is a very different beer. If I were to have it again, I’d definitely want to have it with food, not sure what food though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle:   Somewhat of a rusty hued deep caramel, fiery, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Interesting spiced nose, minor heat.   I had to look at the bottle to figure out this one.   It makes sense, cinnamon chili aroma, and flavor.   Somewhat of an odd duck, but its one you cannot put down.   You keep sipping it to see just what the heck it is you are drinking.   Otherwise I would say its an herbal sort of shrubby aroma and flavor, like high mountain low lying shrubs.   The 9.4% abv is well hidden, despite the warming.   Backside has some earthy/soily notes.   I really wished this one had more fruity sweetness to it, instead its a weird mix of spices.   Well put together, but not one I would have again.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22oz bomber from a BevMo! nearby. Clear orange brown with a one finger beige head, low retention. Smells very Belgian, in the typical American way--a little too fruity (banana) with just a hair too much sweetness. Moderate vegetal chile notes with just a little heat tickling the nose. Flavor is much the same, however the chiles dominate here. There seems to be a little less fruity Belgian esters, and a little less sweet than the aroma leads on. That said, I still am getting some caramel malt. With as much chile going on, I’d have thought that there’d be more heat than just a tinge in the back of my throat--though I guess Anaheim chiles aren’t that crazy hot to begin with. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a big full body. Since this beer really only needs to keep for 13 months, they could’ve brought the alcohol down by 2-3%. Oh well. Different enough, I suppose--but even as a lover of chiles, the Belgian esters and overall sweetness reflect poorly on my rating.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Thanks to the folks from Stone for this bottle. Pours a dark amber. Solid saison/Belgiany base with some pepper notes and a minor hit of nutmeg/cinnamon. Some alcohol heat. Pepper notes linger but as advertised do not take over. Belgian yeast the strongest notes.


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