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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 661   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3976) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
odinstyr (689) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (590) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3356) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours balck with a tan head. Aroma of cinnamon,,ginger, and cardamon with some chocolate. Spice flavor is dominant with ginger, cardamon, and cinnamon with strong chocolate backbone. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1428) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Draft at one for the road in cranberry. . Poured a black color with fading head. Big aroma of dark fruit, cherry, cinnimon, nutmeg. Creamy texture. Medium sweetness. Warming alcohol. Ave carbonation. Enjoyed this power packed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjoxen (173) - SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
Pours black with brown creamy head. Aroma of christmas like ginger , chocolate, dried fruit. Taste of lots of spices and herbs, chocolate. This was released totally off season. The taste is great though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. Black as night pour with thick light brown head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass like plaster. Huge complex nose of pizza dough, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, Holiday spices and dark fruit with booze in the background. Thick oily mouthfeel. Christmas candy, chocolate, coffee and figs upfront. Taste of brown bread and black liquorice finish this off with a boozy dryness left on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4617) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Une robe sombre et sa tête mousseuse presque kaki. Une délicate dentelle. Un nez qui croule sous la muscade. Du gingembre piquant. Des fleurs, des herbes et d’autres substances organiques volatiles. Des malts noirs en sourdine. Un goût mélangé par les épices. De la muscade. Du gingembre. De l’anis étoilé. Des boutons de roses. D’autres fleurs. Du poivre des moines. Des céréales rôties et chocolatées. Des traces d’agrumes. En bouche, un liquide moyennement rond. Un pétillement vivant. Une texture huileuse. Une finale qui combine les parfums amers des grains rôtis et des épices. Tout compte fait, une proposition épicée sauvée par son ténébreux profil céréalier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1641) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.

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