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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14963) - 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 (3614) - 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 (11563) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1713) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
22oz bottle The Epic poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small brown head. This is a very different ale. The nose picks up cloves and cinnamon. The ale is medium bodied with soft carbonation. There are flavors of caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. I also noted some dark chocolate. The finish lingers in your mouth with the dominate cloves. This is definitely an interesting beverage, but the spices obscure beer like flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3237) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
Tap at Stagshead. Pours deep porter like brown with purplish head. Nice nose of Christmas spices. Tastes of super yeast, cloves, peppercorns, all spice, ginger, peaches, figs, and a whole lotta root beer. Quite delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. The nose is heavy chocolate, anise, pumpkin, and graham crackers. The taste is heavy sweet and heavy bitter with the bitter dominating the end. The texture is creamy yet becomes astringent and dry, the body is medium and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gruberm (329) - - APR 1, 2013
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1945) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, subtle oregano, and fennel. Black with a mostly fading, tan head. Flavors of coffee, soy, and cinnamon; dry, savory, and bitter. Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, and a dry, licorice-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
12.11.2012. Black color with lasting tan sheen. Minty, chocolate, rootbeer spice aromas. Smooth medium body with soft co2. Nice holiday spice, cocoa, mint, nutty, toasted caramel flavors---a most worthy 12.12.12 brew

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