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RATINGS: 663   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2360) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head. Roasted, very spicy aroma, malt, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, loads of ginger, coffee, earth, licorice. Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid to high bitterness,creamy CO2. Intensely spicy taste, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, ashes, hops, caramel, tobacco. I’m awfully divided about this beer. On the one hand, it’s a beautifully crafted beer in the background, with a solid backbone and silky, smooth malt structures. On the other hand, it’s spiced to oblivion and beyond, and then some. I would like the spices to be more subdued and balanced. Maybe that will happen over time, but at the moment it’s verging on undrinkable, regardless of the top quality. (2013-04-27)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rlgk (16926) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
Bomber from Systembolaget, thanks to Dazz3. Dark brown beer with a quite rich beige head. Heavy cinnamon and soap aroma, clove, malty, vanilla notes. Spicy flavor, cinnamon, clove, ginger, soapy notes. This beer is more or less destroyed by all the spices. Why?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (2481) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2013
@ Havregatan. Glögg, kryddnejlika i apelsin och jul, jul, jul. Hade jag druckit den i december hade den förmodligen fått ett något högre betyg, men nu blev jag faktiskt lite besviken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6065) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
(Bottle, 0.65 l, from Systembolaget, 20130426) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had roasted malts, spices - especially clove and some Belgian style yeast. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were dark fruits, clove, other spices, yeast, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste had dark fruits, ash, roasted malts and bitter. Very complex and a bit too spiced beer but the drinkability was still good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JStax (4595) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2013
Poured on draft. Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head of foam. Aroma is boiled potpourri over top a bowl of anise soup. Taste is a huge spice bomb. Really unpleasant overall. Definitely not my favorite Vertical Epic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (421) - - APR 22, 2013
From 22oz bottle. Being a fan of stouts and porters, this beer's almost black appearance with dark cream head earned it my first 5 in appearance. Very subtle aroma that I cannot identify. Slight coffee taste that sits on the back of the tongue, reappearing with every exhale. Need to try other year's versions. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pours a dark brown black with a 1 finger head which stays as a cap throughout the beer. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, banana bread and gingerbread. Flavor is similar, starts out on the sweeter side with the clove and banana and finishes with a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, pretty nice complex flavors despite not being a style that I typically love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
This was decent but it’ll probably needs to mellow out a little bit with time. All the spices came through beautifully on the nose but it was a little bit too much all at once on the palate. I guess the best way to describe it is like eating a gingerbread cookie. I do look forward to coming back to this in a few years and seeing how it ages though, hopefully it mellows a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (8820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottled shared with Steven - Cheers! Wow. Pours dark with a thin tan head, good tight bubbles that last. Aroma is a complex blend of sugar and spice and the merest whiff of alcohol. Taste is the same, with added fruit and perfectly judged hop bitterness. Finish goes on and on. Each returning sip is like revisiting an old friend. Wish I had more than one left.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1422) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2013
This is different! Almost a minty chocolate stout. An awesome dark pour with a big mocha head. Very unique taste & a velvety smooth texture. I love the originality.

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