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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ddemmingjr (784) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Excited to give this a try. pours clear amber, off white head that fades quickly. Clove, banana, typical Tripel nose with Belgian yeast and then that distinctive additional cinnamon, spicy chili vegetable notes on the nose. bready malts, esters, spiciness that is unique. medium carbonation, syrupy texture and stickiness on the lips. dry, astringent long finish. interesting but not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Johnsense (1012) - - NOV 27, 2011
Copper/Ruby pour - 1 finger of head. Iím getting Peppers, Grass and some funk from the years in the aroma. Fruit and chiliís in the taste. A bit of herbal grassiness, candy, yeast, very little cinnamon if any. After a few drinks the Chiliís become dominant. Spicy. Thin body, prickly carbonation. The chili and grassiness work against this beer - I could probably cook with a few splashes though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
While this is a belgian strong ale, it more properly belongs in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer category as the chiles really dominate the aroma and flavor. They add those qualities without the heat that infests other chile beers Iíve tasted. Itís dressed in an inviting reddish brass color. The cinnamon peeks through in the middle with a long chile finish. There is a solid fruit/malt/alcohol belgian ale backbone. Very interesting. The low scores are because I donít like chile in my beer. Iím anxiously awaiting the 12.12.12 vertical tasting to see how it changes. ANYONE GOT 02.02.02 FOR TRADE?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2011
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5591) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a very dark brown color with a medium sized beige head that faded and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and woody with a touch of smoke, light dry spices and an almost meaty presence. The flavor was dryish, woody and a bit roasty with notes of cola, hickory, cinnamon and clove. The finish was long and dry with hickory, cola and spice notes lingering. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Smelling cinnamon, coca cola, fresh green peppers, oak. I taste coca cola, alcohol, green hops, a bitterness not quite citrus. almost no head over clear darkish amber. flat and bitter in the mouth. Beer as apertif? Parts not coming together. an intersting mish-mash though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a clear, deep amber body with a one finger off-white head. Caramel, cinnamon, bananas. Not getting the chilis. Just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22oz bottle, Vintage 2011. Light brown color, tan head. It looks like a Stone brew, nice tall head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some spice, and peppers. Tastes of sweet malts, some pepper flavor, pepper heat, then a touch of cinnamon spice. Finishes with a peppery tingle in the throat, with some spice. Very good, not what Iíd prefer. Maybe with age it will mellow out to not give off so much heat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4709) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bomber, very metallic. Can taste the chillis without the spice. Metallic finish. A great idea and the flavor could show promise but excuted poorly.

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