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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with off-white froth. Nose is banana, clove and green chili. Hints of cinnamon and plastic. Medium body with a sharp tingle. Taste is green banana, yeast, bitter grass, bitter spices and earthy chili pepper. A nice inclusion of spicy heat is about all that makes this brew worthy of consumption.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured a amber with no head. aroma cinnamon, spices, hops.jalapeno. flavor the same. didnít care for this.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Good amount of aromas on the nose. Some licorice candy, caramel and some sweetener. Nice amber body with dirty dish soap head that disapated rather quickly. Sticky sweet candy with some starchy yeast not the beat bt fits the style. Bad aftertaste on palte sticky sweet candy but has a body warming effect. Alright beer

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Reddish brown pour with some head. Aroma of liquid smoke, cinnamon, mild spice from the chiles, toffee, caramel. Chile flavor starts out mild at first but some spice starts to open up. Some caramel sweetness, some cinnamon, lots of sweet bread. Towards the middle of the beer the chile dies out completely and it becomes a simple spiced yet cloying amber toffee bready mess. How this is supposed to age for a year I have no idea. I remember the halcyon days of my beer youth when new Stone offerings were exciting and wonderful. Now, itís not even enough to upset me. Just mediocre and disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at one of the myriad of places around here that I forget. Fuck. Stone brewed another Belgian ale. This has obnoxious sweet, super estery mutant bananarama yeast notes in the nose. There might be a little peppery spiciness, but Iím not sure if I would have picked that up without a prior hint. Not much else here. Filtered, transparent orange-amber body with a small, quickly dissipating off-yellow head. Starts quite sweet and sugary, before some of the fruity banana-like yeast esters take over. It then becomes a little spicy with just a tiny touch of heat, Finishes very dry and almost burnt. Warming with some ethanol present as well. Itís an interesting and unique beer. Not as bad as I had expected, but still nothing world-class, either.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aleph (231) - - APR 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Sweet, spicy, malty, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body. Low drinkability due to the odd flavor profile. Misstep.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1232) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bought this last year and sat on it until the recomended time (well 10 days late). Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of pepper. Fairly sweet. Really a weird flavor. Now I see why itís still on the shelves a year later.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (2424) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer is pretty clear, appearing amber hued with a thin, tan collar. The aroma brings citrus, spice, malt. Interesting flavor, with some limes and tart citrus amidst a sturdy malt profile. Chiles emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Interesting. Spicy aftertaste with some medium to full bodied malt character. Decent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5658) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks troubles/avrashi. Hazy amber. Aroma of malt, yeast, caraway bread, spices (chili pepper) and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish malty flavor with some chili peppers spiciness, caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Medium-bodied.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eaglefan538 (2860) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pour was chestnut brown with an off white colored head. Aroma of spices and fruits and bread. Flavor was the same with strong bready bitterness amd ginger type notes finishing with definite peppers, coming off almost medicinal. Mouthfeel was moderate to full with light carbonation. Meh, not a huge stone Belgian fan, although normally liking stone!


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