RateBeer
Home >

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

 (RETIRED)
overall
97
95
style

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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…


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
(bottle) Black body with a large brown head minimum lace. Aroma is full of spice (allspice, clove, cinnamon, hint of ginger), sweet chocolate malt. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, orange peel; hint of sweetness up front but really dries out; also chocolate. Good and interesting flavor but the heavy spice and dryness make it a little hard to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2753) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours balck with a tan head. Aroma of cinnamon,,ginger, and cardamon with some chocolate. Spice flavor is dominant with ginger, cardamon, and cinnamon with strong chocolate backbone. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1253) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft at one for the road in cranberry. . Poured a black color with fading head. Big aroma of dark fruit, cherry, cinnimon, nutmeg. Creamy texture. Medium sweetness. Warming alcohol. Ave carbonation. Enjoyed this power packed beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjoxen (167) - SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
Pours black with brown creamy head. Aroma of christmas like ginger , chocolate, dried fruit. Taste of lots of spices and herbs, chocolate. This was released totally off season. The taste is great though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. Black as night pour with thick light brown head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass like plaster. Huge complex nose of pizza dough, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, Holiday spices and dark fruit with booze in the background. Thick oily mouthfeel. Christmas candy, chocolate, coffee and figs upfront. Taste of brown bread and black liquorice finish this off with a boozy dryness left on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3085) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Une robe sombre et sa tête mousseuse presque kaki. Une délicate dentelle. Un nez qui croule sous la muscade. Du gingembre piquant. Des fleurs, des herbes et d’autres substances organiques volatiles. Des malts noirs en sourdine. Un goût mélangé par les épices. De la muscade. Du gingembre. De l’anis étoilé. Des boutons de roses. D’autres fleurs. Du poivre des moines. Des céréales rôties et chocolatées. Des traces d’agrumes. En bouche, un liquide moyennement rond. Un pétillement vivant. Une texture huileuse. Une finale qui combine les parfums amers des grains rôtis et des épices. Tout compte fait, une proposition épicée sauvée par son ténébreux profil céréalier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1277) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours nearly black with a flourishing tan head of creamy foam. Dwindled slowly to a cap and ring that never faded and left some great lace. Inviting and dark almost bewitching. Nose is a mix of spices and fruit. I smell cloves cinnamon, is that ginger? and nutmeg. As it warms it opens up to some yeast, orange and a fruit smell that I couldn’t quite pin down is rose hips. The toasted malt gives it a breaddy cookie like quality. There’s a breath of alcohol and a marvelous hint of chocolate. It’s a Xmas cookie in a glass. One of the most complex spice profiles I’ve encountered. Taste is lighter than it smells and not as sweet as it smells either. Smooth, burnt around the edges with plenty of bread underneath it all. Not too fruity. A little alcohol to taste is really nice in this. Hops finally come up bitter to take it into the long dry finish. It even has a charred quality that’s not disagreeable. Warming and very festive. This is a hard to describe strong dark ale that really surprised me. Far from overly sweet it’s one I would have again. I wonder how it ages?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-22. Very dark brown black body, small beige head. 3++ Modest aroma is pleasant, subtle spice, whispers of nutmeg. 7+ Flavour is fairly strongly spiced as well, nutmeg and allspice are both fairly prominent, cloves, sweet malt core, quite bitter in the finish, lingering bitterness and spice. 7++ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I think I enjoy it more in small quantities as the spice is quite assertive. Bottle shared by Blankboy.

"Hey! You’re the unfriendly one, why are you licking my finger?"

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (693) - , SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bara om en hyperinflation drabbade Sverige och återförsäljare av Vertical Epic glömde att justera det nominella värdet till det eskalerande konsumentprisindexet har det här ölet en chans att överbrygga glappet mellan pris och värde. Det spelar ingen roll att den mångdimensionella smakupplevelsen öppnar sig som valv efter valv oändligt (Tranströmer, nästa gång bjuder jag på en vers, tummis!). Högst ett dussin öl som jag har provat genom åren skulle jag ens komma på tanken att punga ut en hundring för. Vertical Epic hör dessvärre inte till den utvalda skaran.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 21 22 23  24  25 26 27 » 61


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50