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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 677   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 (2879) - 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 (3810) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4241) - 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 (1075) - 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 (6093) - 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 (879) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2829) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, off white, lasting head, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is cinnamon, light dried fruits (raisin, cherry), hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is sharp vegetal chili, with lighter cinnamon, touch of toffee/caramel, light sweetness throughout, finishing bitter....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation high. This is a beer that does not quite work. The aromas promise much, but the flavors fall down. The malt back bone is complex, and the light cinnamon is a pleasant addition. The chiles, while hidden compared to many a "chili beer", are a detraction rather than an addition to the composition. The result is a mishmash of aromas and flavors that comes close, but doesnít quite work. BJCP 7/3/10/4/6

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at the Knick. Mild sweet aroma, with toasted malt and chile, light tangy and citric acidity. Canít smell cinnamon but there is a spicy character to it. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing head. Starts fairly sweet with roasted malt and barley, sweet chile notes and dry spicy character from the cinnamon. Nice taste to start, but turns a little too bitter and in an unpleasant way. Not bad but couldnít drink more than one at a time.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oscbert (1085) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
~Bready banana aroma and perfumy clove spiciness, light green chilies ~Pours a murky reddish brown with small lasting yellowish head. ~Can taste the chili flavor, but it isnít hot. Peppery spiciness, clove, Yeast phenolics are fairly strong. ~Med body, med high CO2, harsh spicy finish, bitter lingering is not pleasant. ~Not really a fan of the yeast on this one. Too spicy and some harshness. Interesting beer. On border of being something good and something I donít like..

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
b79turner (238) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22 oz bomber, this thing is a mess. The nose is pretty good, actually smells pretty good. Taste is way too much of the chili. This is certainly my least favorite of the vertical epic series.


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