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RATINGS: 669   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 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7472) - 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 (2827) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown/almost black pour, little ring of sporadic carbonation and an aroma of clove, pumpkin pie spices, bananas and plenty of ginger. Flavor is burnt sugar, heavy malt, herbs, very vegetal and roasted dark malt. WIsh this bottle was a 12 ouncer instead of a bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - APR 10, 2013
Everyone already covered all the bases about the spices and scented candles. A little flat, otherwise tasty. Congrats to Stone on the epic journey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Intense aroma of spices. Clove, All spice, cinnamon. It is a little too intense for my liking. It's like drinking a scented candle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2013
Bottle at Morizuya, KinosakiOnsen - shared with Mette. Clear dark brown - white head. Holy shit a lot of spices. Cardemom. Fruity. Roasted. Ryebread. Honey sweet and spicy dark bread. Piley notes. Light phenolic. Far too spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3763) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on April 7 2013; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of brown head, no lacing; nose: nutmeg, anise, all spice, pumpkin spiced; mouth: nutmeg, anise, all spice, roasted barley, burnt barley, alcohol, soy sauce, pumpkin spices, dry finale in roasted barley with presence of alcohol, medium-full body, average carbonation, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 7 avril 2013; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : muscade, anis, tout-épices, épices à citrouille; bouche : muscade, anis, tout-épices, orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, alcool, sauce soya, épices à citrouille, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, plutôt amère, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to Nick at CP&K. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is smoke, bonfire, earth, spice (particularly cinnamon), treacle, touch of soy sauce and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty spicy, earth, wood, earth, touch of bitter chocolate, soy sauce, decent bitterness, warming alcohol, roasted malt and toast with a dry, spicy finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but ultimately I don’t find it that drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2013
22oz bottle. Dark brown almost black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of pie spice, chocolate, anise and some alcohol. Flavor is chocolate malt, spicy yeast esters, light bitterness and no alcohol. Medium body with a soft mouth feel. Pretty good beer, fairly spicy but not overly so.

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