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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4027) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Sample at Hopftest 2013. Comes black with a small brown head. Aroma of spice, malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is cinnamon, cloves, roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast, and hops. Interesting. A bit too much spice for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maddmatt639 (312) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAY 22, 2013
A very spicy beer. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Wasn't expecting much from the look of it, but was pleasantly surprised in the outcome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nittanyjim (66) - - MAY 19, 2013
Clove and orange nose...maybe some pine. Opaque black, short medium brown head. Complex spices, cinnamon, clove. Slightly chewy mouthful. Slight bitter/spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1753) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of bread, dates, clove and ginger.
Appearance: A dark black colored beer. A brown head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting deep of roasted malt, grape-fruit peel, strong coffee and minced pie.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a very dry finish.
Overall: Extremely potent, a very stout beer. Many complex spices. Nearly too much ... but not in a bad way.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2013-05-19.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle to flute Clove aroma is strong, cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg. Inky black with a thin, tan like ringed head. Taste is chocolatey and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (823) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Svart öl med stort, brunt skum. Doft: Kryddnejlika och andra örter/kryddor, vört bröd, alkohol, mintlakrits, rengöringsmedel. Smak: Choklad skumbanan, pepparkaka, anis, koriander, kanel, mintlakrits, sött vörtbröd, apelsin, rödvins bål. Smaken spöar lätt doften, komplex och god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badmansam (58) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
750ml Bottle @ Earl of Essex 2013/4/17 Hints of just about every flavour I don’t enjoy in a beer - liquorice, cloves, aniseed, star anise, sour milk. Perfect carbonation and body. Very impressive. Just wish I could have enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5263) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a beige head. Ok lacing
Aroma: Roasted malt and rich Christmas spicy (cinnamon).
Palate: Full body. A bit sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Complex beer. Roasted malt, espresso, rich spicy (cinnamon) and a bit fruity. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A really nice and powerful ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with SaintMatty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lopisar (240) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Light brown foam, black color. Sweet smell, raisins. Creamy Dark, sweet. Nice taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Pitch black with small beige head. Aroma of nutmeg and pine. Sweet with fudge and molasses with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Molasses, nutmeg and cinnamon dominates completely. Heavy and powerful. Long herbal bitterness with some ink. Unbalanced.

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