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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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…


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
on draft @ Nobi .. . pours a deep black brown .. . medium foam .. . quite a bit of spice, tar and sweet chewy charcoal .. . medium finish .. . pretty good but only a snifter for me .. . . no fate but what we make.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Flat black pour. Leeching dryness on the the tongue. Allspice and cloves with some roasted high-cacao chocolate. Hits me with a Cincinnati Cincinnati Chili flavor. Rare combo of a round, malty mouthfeel - with a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1253) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle to glass. Massive spices of pumpkin pie with slight floral. Black with a brown head that lingers. Spices slightly more restrained in the flavor with malt backbone in support. Bitter finish and some bready yeast.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
tap at work at mermaid juice i hate to lead off my restarting of my beer reviews with something i’m so apathetic about... it smells a little medicinal to me, unlike the official description i get a lot of clove in the nose. the darkness will definitely fool the uninitiated - no coffee or roast to speak of on this particular keg. but it is getting toward the end... definitely that batch of allspice and clove that i expect in spiced belgian styles... i opened a stone 13th anniversary last night from 09 and it was better. does that help?

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mcrae19 (59) - - MAR 18, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Medium carbonation. Heavy cinnamon aroma and other spices. As for the taste, cough syrup meets A1 Steak Sauce. I took three sips and poured it down the drain—which is a serious disappointment, considering I have another bottle in the fridge. Never again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (952) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2013
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours a great looking dark brown with a tan head and lots of lacing that stays on the glass. Aroma of fruits and spices. Flavor of spices predominantly balanced with some sweetness from malts, smoke and booze but still very smooth and easy to drink; very interesting beer worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3498) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Bouteille de 1 pinte 6 oz. Robe noire à la texture huileuse, la mousse brune est crémeuse. Le nez attaque avec des notes de chocolat à la muscade et au gingembre. Un petit bonhomme en pain d’épices. En bouche le liquide caresse tant il est soyeux. Me rappelle le gâteau aux raisins des Antilles avec raisins secs au rhum et mélasse. Finale sur le chocolat poussiéreux. Question de goût. J’aime beaucoup.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (588) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Smells of tropical fruit, chocolate, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - chocolate, banana, mango.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Not just my least favorite VE, this is my least favorite beer from Stone full stop. Handsome enough pour, dark brown with the look of a robust BSA. Nose is disconcertingly sweet and all-spice-y. Body a bit slick and palate somewhat waxy. But the flavor was just atrocious to me, loaded with candied yams, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tough to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (536) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
(bottle) Black body with a large brown head minimum lace. Aroma is full of spice (allspice, clove, cinnamon, hint of ginger), sweet chocolate malt. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, orange peel; hint of sweetness up front but really dries out; also chocolate. Good and interesting flavor but the heavy spice and dryness make it a little hard to drink.


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