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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 608   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…


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cthomas2390 (219) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pure gingerbread on the nose. Spicy malt taste with a good dry finish. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2698) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Black with medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma is intensely spicy (cinnamon, ginger, clove), orange peel slight roasted malt and chocolate... not much else. Taste is moderately sweet with cloying spices, chocolate, orange peel, roasted malt and slight bitterness. Medium body. Dry mouthfeel. No balance, low drinkability. Average at best.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Very Christmassy, with nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Quite sprightly and unbalanced. Somehow Stone succeeds in spite if this, but not their best one by a mile. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1349) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Pours black with low latte brown head Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, et al Nice bitter lemon taste. Malty bitterness present as well. Medium body, bitterness. Too abrupt ending

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (1947) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown to black with low tan head. Aroma of corinthians, cloves, yeast, earth and blood orange. Taste mirrors this with distinct, pungent bitterness and spice / herbal / medicinal undertones. Body is quite light with low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
bottled. pours dark black with a minimal brown head. aromas of cinamon, clove, raisin and butterscotch. moderately bitter, medium sweet with a balance of sourness.medium bodied thick tongue feel, fairly average carbonation, lasting sour bitterness. decent beer, not sure the cinamon was the best choice of spice for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 From tap at The Porter. Pours pitch black with a small chocolate brown head. Aroma is apiced and roasted malty. Chocolate. Bitter and herbal. Dry and spiced. Roasted malty. Lingering nutmeg spicedand herbal. Dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MHOSKINS (73) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
I guess I just don't care for spiced beer. I love most all of Stone's products. This spiced ale was NOT for me. MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Ok, I don’t seem to like the same as others. Lots of dark vegetable and rutabaga, some holiday spice, dark bitter malt, just not that pleasant to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
pours dark brown with khaki head. Clove up front on the nose some chocolate. Taste is Christmas chocolate and clove some orange spice


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