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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition. This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it. The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though: this edition is particularly well-suited for prolonging the experience, as it’s as cellarable as any in the series, or more. In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balance *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer…but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. Thanks for coming on this Epic Stone-style journey with us! You can rest assured there will be new adventures to come…

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (354) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2013
22 fl oz / 650mL bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Served cool. Aroma: Oh wow. Nutmeg. Cloves. All kinds of spice!! Unlike anything else, and exceptionally pleasant. Appearance: Beautiful thick black body. Opaque. Handsome dark brown, frothy, foamy head. Beautiful, beautiful lacing. Taste: Oh my god. Nutmeg, cinnamon, roasty malt, cloves... There is nothing else like this that I’ve ever had. Palate: Rich, full, creamy. Coats. Definitely a warming ale. Overall: This is easily in my Top 5 all-time beers. If you can find it, buy every bottle available and age some up. I can’t wait to see how this will do in six months / a year. Perfect brew. Beer gods bless you, Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebrodeur (8) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
A fine way to end the series although not my favorite. Spices are well balanced and flavorful with taking away from the underlying palette. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2682) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Black pour with a nice layer of khaki head .... aroma of ginger, clove, allspice and cinnamon ... taste is intense and of ginger (womp is right), cinnamon, allspice and clove .... has a slight fruity yeast and orange to it, but it is a spice bomb ... has a lingering spice and dry light bitter bite .... abv hidden well .... Christmas in June I suppose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5144) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
Opaque, dark, dark brown with a bubbly tan head and excellent lace. Dark fruit aromas dominate, accompanied by alcohol, Belgian yeasts, spices and chocolate. Flavors are similar, and feature a chewy bready malt sweetness, dark chocolate, spices and ripe plums. Medium body, tons of carbonation, soft and warming alcohol, and a pleasant fruit sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - JUN 11, 2013
Aroma of cinamon, cloves, glühwein. Pitch black, no head. Sweet, spicy some bitterness. Thin no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2013
Deep brown pour, brown head. Spicy and sweet aroma of cinnamon buns, and nutmeg.Taste is bitter, with some sweetness behind. Reminds me of a hybrid between a christmasale and a belgian style ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (475) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Thick, dark bliss. Aroma really punches your nose: lots of spices, clove, sweetness, malt, and faintly herbal. It tastes like a meal: plenty of spices, thick and chewy, with a garnish of herbs. The finish begs for another go...he summons me for food...my cat thinks he’s a god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cancerhawk (22) - - JUN 2, 2013
Very flavorful and full bodied beer. Sweet sipping ale with plenty of spiced flavor. Me likey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. A black beer with a big beige not lasting head. Raisins, spicy and malty aroma. Spicy, hoppy and malty flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Smell is a huge amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, alcohol, and a touch of fresh hops. Pretty smooth drinking, but all of the spices make it pretty sweet and a sipping beer. Not really my thing, but for what it is, it is good.

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