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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 666   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack (494) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2015
From the bomber, jet black with a very small tan collar, all I smelled was sweet & black liquorice. The taste is way less sweet than I was expecting (great). I missed out on the whole vertical epic experience, but I’m glad I was able to jump in at the end and get a taste of what’s been going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
55x11 (38) - - MAY 24, 2015
What a fantastic belgian strong ale! On tap from stone liberty station. Pleasantly surprised. Pours black with tan head. Full head but quickly thinning. Spicy aroma of allspice ginger cinnamon. Maybe even gingerbread. Makes me think of Christmas. Taste of all spices above with a hint of chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aromas of licorice malt chocolate gingerbread and spice. Taste is awesome full rich mouth feel with a nice lingering hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, spicy, clove, cinnamon, light roasted, light to moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, spicy, spicy bitter, chocoæate, cinamom, clove. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140811]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 oz cellared - Nice and big and chewy. Layered wonderfulness of hop, malt, and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3405) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2015
March 21, 2015. Bottle.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is very spicy, lots of gingerbread notes to it, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger with some light roasted notes and citrus as well. Taste is sweet caramel with dry spicy notes, light bitter. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation. Very spicy but quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Maybe the darkest brew of the entire series, stylistically, this is a straight up Imperial Christmas Ale. Malty chocolate body combines with intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice. Well-balanced, creamy and rich, with a nice blast of crisp hops. Burnt caramel and coffee linger, canceling out any sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2015
Savory aroma of spices (cinnamon & ginger), Worcestershire sauce, and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruits and spices. More generic than in the aroma. Bitterness is quite restrained but that doesn’t mean the sweetness gets out of hand. Well balanced throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, lots of spice, aniseed and liquorice, bit too much alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
(Bottle) Black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, spicy nose with notes of black rye bread, dark bitter chocolate, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of bay leaf, pine needles and some orange peel. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, black coffee, pine needles, black rye bread, juniper berries, spices (cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) and a generous spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, fairly dry. Very spicy, possibly not in perfect balance, but very tasty and very nice.

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