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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Dark crimson, garnet, chestnut, and ruby red pour with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Only a dot or two dispersed inside the glass. Mild, quite subtle aroma with caramel, malt, and perhaps a touch of chili. Flavor shows a hint of burn in the back of the throat, pinch of pepper, but otherwise nothing distinct or unique to pick out. Very average. Not sure why I expect more from this series as most are epic failures!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer isa a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of caramelized cotton candy, bubblegum, lots of clove and ample pear and apple like fruit notes. This is backed by some toasted, whole grain, a touch of sweet tea like character (but only just a touch), . The beer is a bit unbalanced towards bubblegum, fruitiness and clove notes from the Belgian yeast, though not so much so that this is bad. Hmm, there it is in the far finish, the green chile comes through with a distinct vegetal, green chile like note as well as a some spiciness that smells of green and pepper.

The beer tastes extremely sweet, but most of this is perceived sweetness due to huge fruit, bubblegum and clove flavors that plays such a big role in the flavor. I donít notice any of the green chile in my first sip. This definitely tastes a bit like bubblegum flavored cotton candy and there is a huge, slightly tongue numbing, phenolic clove note in the finish. There is an apple cider note (slightly oxidized cider tasting, though this is not actually oxidized), perhaps a touch of caramelized pear. The phenolic character contributes some cured plastic like notes that can be a bit much when combined with the clove character. The malt contributes a sharp, sort of roasted, spicy toasted, whole grain character. The green-chile character from the nose is a lot more subtle in the flavor; there is perhaps a hint of pepper in the finish, but this could almost be attributable to the spiciness from the yeast character. The chile, during a sip, is more noticeable as an oral nasal note rather than a flavor. The texture is not overly heavy, but it is definitely has a certain chewiness to it.

This really is just a bit too unbalanced; somehow the yeast character runs rampant in this beer in a bit of a simplistic manner with its focus on bubblegum, clove, plastic and too expressive fruit character. There is a chance that this will mellow out a bit, so if you have the patience I would recommend that you let this beer sit for 6 months or perhaps better a year. If the green chile character was a bit more prominent in the flavor and the yeast character was toned down just a bit this would be quite a bit better.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a nice copper amber with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of banana esters and candy red hots. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of belgian malts (chocolate, amber), but the chilies and cinnamon are pretty dominant, and blended well. Warming and very phenolic finish, heavy on clove and mustiness. The problem here is that the yeast strain, malts, and spices are not harmonious. Maybe a non Belgian yeast strain would tie everything together, but this beer is a perfect example that some things just donít mix. An odd, but not enjoyable beer. Worst of the series by far

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
10oz pour at Tylers apex. Good aroma, sweet, spice. Caramel, Chiles and cinnamon dance around. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Bitterdry finish. Good, though Iím not asking for another aroma did get better as warmed, chilies and cinnamon seemed to get more pronounced as it warmed. Flavor was sweet, maybe a tad overbearing. Will try again if it lasts

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3101) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Draft in a snifter @ Sunset Grill and Tap, Allston, MA. It pours dark brown, having thick off-white head. Mild retention. Nose of toasted malt and some light yeast. Not sure where in the world the chilies are? I donít get it in the nose or flavor. No heat at all. Some caramel sweetness, some cinnamon, lots of sweet bread. Yeast and strong ale Belgian noteís butÖ not really anything as good as I was expecting. A let down on draft.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
Bottle.... Pours a deep reddish amber with an off white head. distinctive cinnamon taste in the beginning followed by the Anaheim chili at the end.. the spiciness is unique. An interesting beer but nothing iím craving anytime soon. just ok.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4006) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I donít know why I got this, I hate peppers. Ok, so it pours a clean ruby copper with two fingers of sandstone tan head. Looks nice if nothing else. Nose is.....ew. Ok, so Iím going to have a hard time separating the actual execution of this recipe from my disposition against peppers and all capsaicin. So, the nose has lots of chile in it. Lots. No me gusta. Thereís also a mild candy sweetness and pie spice in there. Man, that raw pepper flavor makes it such that I just canít drink this one. Sorry Stone, not my thing.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Crimson red pour with hardly any head. Smell is sweet with a slight smell of chili peppers. Taste has a banana flavor to it. The cinnamon really burns in your mouth a bit and makes this appear to have way more alcohol than it does. If you let this warm up a bit, the taste of the chilies really come out. This was interesting, but not the best Iíve had.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottled, orange cognac color with no head, aroma is sweet , bananas and green pepper, flavor is bananas, green chilies, some yeast notes

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours amber with off-white foam. Smells slightly spicy of peppers. Tastes slightly sweet with hints of spices and ends with a slight twinge of spiciness.


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