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RATINGS: 663   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 22 oz bottle. Almost black with a thick brown head that lingers a bit. The aroma is sweet and full of spices: ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, herbs, caramel and chocolate. Medium body with a thin, semi-dry feel. The flavor is just an onslaught of spices that is too much for me. Way over the top and hardly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nisse666 (5902) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle, bomber thx to the genourus host 2013-03-02 Mölndal AR: ginger bread, tuttifutti gum, fruity AP: thick oily black body,no head F: fizzy, ginger bread, cloves, wee ginger, chocolate, coffey, heavy warming, quite dry, wee caramel, bottle was opened yesterday evening but still fresh;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Appearance: Pours like a light chocolate syrup. Aroma: Subtle scent of cinnamon and orange peel from the bottle; once poured, blooms into tones of nutmeg, clover, and brown sugar. Taste and Palate: Cinnamon is the first to hit the tongue, melting into a whole-mouth brown sugar taste, only to return to a fading breath of warm, boozy cinnamon in the aftertaste. Excellent Winter beer. Would pair well with spiced banana bread, or gingerbread cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gizmo_ber (190) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2013
Strong flavor and spice. Not bad, but a little too licorice flavored for me, and the spices hit just a bit hard. Very very good blend of everything, just not a flavor I like a whole lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4464) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 It was hard to hold off on this one until I could taste it with Strykzone. I got a case of this in McCall, Idaho at Paul’s Grocery who were kind enough to order this for me. Working off Facebook Chat, Dave and I enjoyed this one immensely It poured a very dark red that looked mostly black in the glass, and raised a big bubbled and very attractive tan head head that laced copiously. The nose greets you with a multitude of aromas.including cinnamon, molasses, dark ripe fruit, and citrus and floral hops. Bold in body the mourthfeel is rich an creamy. There is no sign of the alcohol. The flavor is much in keeping with aroma, and brings a rich mix of spices and roasted malts together. The finish is spicy with ginger and allspice, and you get some chocolate and a touch of bitterness. This is a remarkable beer, and tastes simply sumptuous. I have a feeling it will age ver well and so a number of bottles are going on the shelf in the aging cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bomber. Nice cinnamon and clove aromas. Deep brown. Lots of spice notes that ended up a bit hot for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Near black pour with a 1 finger, soapy mocha head. Aroma is big on chocolate, spices and earthy chiles, some citrus potpouri, dark fruit and sweet dark caramel. The flavor starts out with lots of chocolate, licorice, ginger and cinnamon, then the citrus potpouri, acidic floral notes, light pine, earth, roasted nuts. The finish tastes essentially like a highly spiced pumpkin bread with some hop bitterness. Medium body with a creamy, slightly chewy entry, off dry finish and moderate, slightly sharp carbonation. Really good overall, though I think it could use some more time for the spices to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
theisti (3742) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
22 oz bomber purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a black brown with a 1/2 khaki head that falls quick. The aroma is licorice, nutmeg spice, maybe a touch of Robutussin, dark raisin fruit. Quite a bit going on here. The taste is the nutmeg spice, a bit of pumpkin pie, black licorice, anise, black roast patent malts, ash, raisin sweet, cough syrup booze in the back. Clove and cinnamon come at as it warmed. Ginger too. Is that orange peel making an appearance. Tons going on here, and many of the flavors clash pretty badly. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, silky carbonation, oily finish, and a hint of booze in the back. This is a pretty weird beer, tasted like a Belgian Ale that had been mixed with mulling spices. Not entirely my bag. Fitting this is the last in the line, this beer pretty much sums up taking "extreme brewing" too far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle pours a dark brown brew with a dark tan head. Scent is big spiciness. At one moment I am thinking pumpkin ale, the next Christmas. Taste is a spicy tour as well, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1828) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.

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