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RATINGS: 666   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - California, USA - 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 (9318) - 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 (1465) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
From a bottle, pours deep brown black with a small foamy brown head. Cloves, cloves, cloves & allspice, dates & berries. Well rounded beer with a trademark Stone bitter finish. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2013
[750ml bottle, Jake’s Place, Edinburgh] Big thanks to Laurie at Jake’s for this. Pours a deep, dark russet brown with a small peaky head, that reduces to a mere lacing fairly quickly. The aroma is deep, tannic bitterness, dark fruit, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. On the palate, the same, it’s rare in a beer with so much inside that you can pick out so many of the constituents, but you can. Nutmeg one moment, orange peel the next. Tastes like what I remember Anchor Christmas beer to be, before I had so many they all faded into one (very nice) memory. Stronger than those beers, of course – the 12.12.12 finishes warm and tingling. Very nice indeed [12042013]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Large tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour cherry, caramel, some cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, cinnamon, cocoa, some cherry. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Definitely epic. This has a nose full of spices, and pours dark as night. The flavor is full of spice, but not nearly as spiced as a lot of typical winter beers. Bit of sweetness, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Overall a very fine beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (6999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2013
Black with a thin rocky khaki head. Aroma is strange and inviting, like a spicy chocolate cake. There’s some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cocoa on the nose, with a certain cake like sweetness to it all. However, the flavor is a little too spiced...not like heat, but like the spices in a spice cabinet. There’s a lot going on here, from cinnamon to clove and nutmeg to allspice, all backed by an earthy dark roasty malt tone, not nearly enough chocolate like I got on the nose, and certainly not as sweet as the nose. Kinda dry, not bitter but certainly a bit overspiced. Smelled like spice cake, taste removed all the ’cake’ aspect. Still somewhat good though, finishing with a dark and slightly fruity malt tone, like a good Belgian strong ale should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
(Bottle). Interestingly, spicy aroma and the taste is the same. The label mentions "cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove and rosehips" and I can taste at least 5 of the 6 spices. I really like this beer, very well balanced despite all spices. Thanks for an interesting vertical journey Stone!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2797) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Pours black with a lid-like head. Spicy aroma of nutmeg, clove, licorice and cinnamon; smells like christmas! Soft and creamy in the mouth. Spicy taste of nutmeg, clove, hops and ginger. Really bitter finish. Could’ve ended up like a spicy mess but is surprisingly balanced!

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