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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours pitch black with a nice reddish-brown head that lasts decently long. The smell is very heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg. Really reminds me of an overly-spiced pumpkin pie. Flavor is very heavy on those spices as well. I'm a huge fan of limited edition fall beers that use these spices and/or pumpkin in their brewing, so I'm really digging this beer. If they cut back just a little on the intensity of the spices, this would be one of my favorites. The lingering flavor on the palate is just like a good pumpkin ale. Overall, still really good beer if you're into those flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
This is the first VE beer I’ve had. As soon as I popped the top on this brew, I could smell cinnamon wafting out of the bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all very discernible as well as some Belgian yeast. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Looks like a serious impy stout. Taste is raw spices all over with some faint hints at a lightly fruity dubbel. Not bad. I’d love to age one so the spices didn’t seem so raw and in your face. Might be good with some pumpkin pie or a Thanksgiving meal.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
22oz Bomber - thanks Jordan
Appearance - Motor oil, tan lacing
Aroma -Toast, Belgian yeast, cinnamon
Taste - Cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, hops

Thanks Jordan for the share. This beer was spicy... full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just great although I would see the need for aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2013
Draft @ The Trappist, Oakland, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy aroma with weak hints of chocolate and caramel. Roasted malty spicy cinnamon and clove flavor with hints of chocolate. has a roasted malty spicy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (703) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours opaque dark brown with a thick brown head that lasts perfectly and laces. When I say opaque I mean that you can’t see through it in sunlight. Nose is apricot, apple, pumpkinspice, oranges. Quite sweet, no bitterness, full mouthfeel, nearly perfect.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
On tap - this is the first I’ve had of the Vertical Epic series, not too bad, but not enough to make me wish I’d been in on this series from the start.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....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 (1695) - 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.


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