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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 645   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…


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1332) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma of smoke, tons of spices, fennel, anise, allspice, ginger, just a ton of random spices. Taste is way over cloved, whoa clove....medium to full bodied, a lil flat. Overall, way overspiced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2723) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark and spicy, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Near black body with beige creamy head. Some chocolate in the aroma and taste, mildly dry finish. Overall very complex, lots of flavors combined.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1142) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Very dark. Smells spicy and dry/sweet. Lots of metallic in the taste. Fairly light-bodied with some spice.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jackl (5474) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Steak sauce. Cheery meat and chocolate. Coffee. Spices. So strange. taste is similar. Fruit leather. Nasty stale brown bread. Soy sauce. Objectionable. ’nuff said.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
On tap / 22oz bottle - A very nice beer and a bit different from the past years VE’s. Lots of clove and allspice in both the aroma and palate. Light-to-medium sweetness left behind to help some of the dark fruit flavors come forward. Reminded me of some kind of blend of a BSA / Anchor’s OSA and Stone’s VE (which it is obv). So it’s a VEOSABSA...great.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (794) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2014
Pint bottle from whole foods naples florida. Pours oil black with one finger tan head. Initial aroma is cloves, cinnamon. As it’s allowed to breath you can pick up the cocoa. Flavour is a dry cocoa powder and cloves. Blurb says they don’t go mad on cloves but I think they have, really dry earthy mouthfeel. Has a grassy, burnt hay aftertaste. It’s not that enjoyable but it’s interesting. Light enough body with a low amount of carbonation. I’m really going off spiced beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4253) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque back with a medium creamy dark brown head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is spiced, roasty, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Flavor is lightly sweet, light bitter, spiced but not over the top, Belgian yeast esters, roasty, cocoa. Medium-light body. Pretty solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4595) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, raisin, spices, some alcohol.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, spices, malt, clove, ginger.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2177) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours inky dark brown with a tan head. Lots of clove, all spice type stuff on the aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Massive clove taste... grass, light liquorice, coke, light dark fruit... The clove is a bit much but its OK.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"I was semi-excited about this release going in. The VE series have (with a couple exceptions) been good, but not my favorite Stone beers, and I think the majority of the aged botles will be badly faded by now. So, I expected to split one bottle for a vertical and have one to myself, maybe a half. Then I poured it. Beautiful black liquid with a rather sizeable khaki head. Aroma of spices combined with chocolate, belgian fruity yeast and dry roasted malts is quite nice, and the flavor is nearly identical. Very decadent, and quite possibly my favorite bottle release in the Vertical Epic series. I’ll definitely down a couple more of these, though probably won’t bother aging any as it drinks really nice right now."


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