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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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…


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (2566) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
650 ml. bottle. Bottled 11.29.12 Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, mocha head, with some lacing, over a very dark brown (SRM 35) body........nose is heavy spices, including allspice, nutmeg....taste is heavy spices with a huge allspice, hints of clove, hints of molasses, very light sweetness, leading to a spice dominated, lingering, bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, astringent, alcohol heat present, carbonation makes a nice creaminess. The heavy spice load is utterly dominant, and makes for a completely unbalanced beer. The spices are quite unpleasant in their dominance, and the bitter spice finish is very unpleasant. The darn thing is like an unsweetened fruitcake or mince pie. This really is, at its present age, not a good beer. BJCP 6/3/10/4/5

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (266) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Poured up a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate malts and spice. The taste is mostly spice with some hints at the malts used. Seemed that the ginger and allspice dominated but letting it sit on the tongue a while could kind of pick out some of the others. Very good brew. This is the first time I have seen Vertical Epic on the shelves and now I am wishing my local stores had been on top of this so I could have tried the others. Oh well at least I got to check this one out.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is probably just a matter of personal spice preferences since I have never had the slightest issue with Stone before, but this felt very heavy-handed with nutmeg, and it really brought the entire experience down for me. Still, it was very different from any other beer I've had and is worth a shot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Toasted malty spicy flavor with a quick finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Allesgute (9) - Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2013 does not count
I need more of these for the cellar if this is the last time they are brewing this! I had no idea what was in store. The bottle simply says ale with wild spices. It is spicy and although a dark Belgian abbey, it is surprisingly dry, which punches the spices forward. This would be perfect around a fire. I'm delighted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck. Pours a deep black with a medium to thick tanned beige head. Soft toast and roast, sweet spices, nothing overpowering. Smells a bit of a holiday or winter spiced beer, cool and smooth. Medium bodied, warming initially, sweet roast and a touch of minerally spices. Very interesting and not what I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised. A touch minty, nice spices and bitter bakers cocoa. Remarkably well balanced, nothing stands out in any distracting way. Long soft dark chocolate with a touch of spice. Never hot and boozy. Really liked this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
I’m going to have to get some more of these and tuck them away. Because this was great from the gate. Deep, dark, roasted deliciousness. Both sturdy and silky. Great sharp hops balanced with creamy malts and just enough spicing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Aroma is cinnamon, clove, other spices. Pours deep brown. You can taste all of the spices, but strangely very separately from each other. You are left with a very floral taste that was difficult to name until I read it...rose-hips...eh. Not my taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6438) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark brown, generous head. Spicy chocolate, lightly yeasty, spicy bitterness. I was initially surprised to find no heat, but I see now that peppers were left out of the equation for this one. Another solid special release by Stone, and yet more proof that they are capable of making something other than a bitter bomb. Loved it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
22 oz. bottle. A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy mocha head. The aroma features plenty of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange zest, caramel maltiness, and touches of zesty citrus way off in the background. Medium to full-bodied on the way down. A remarkable taste of fresh gingersnap cookies! Caramel maltiness upfront taste-wise. Molasses. Plenty of cloves and cinnamon follow. Kinda roasty. Touches of chocolate and smoke. The alcohol is well-hidden.


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