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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 606   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…


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6554) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1347) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Good effort here. Black with great lacing. Aromas of yeast, banana, booze and some crisp ya or something. Aftertaste has florals and a bit of bitter. Reminds me of La Terrible a little. Some potpourri in aroma as well. On tap at Hopcat.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1328) - - JAN 19, 2013
Pours dark ruby with little head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste is much of the same. Not much to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BazookaJoe (232) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours black with a tan head. Taste is almost exclusively cloves and cinnamon. Would probably taste better if it aged. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with a moderate tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit with spices. Flavor is strong raisin, brown sugar & some coriander. Finishes soft, slight alcohol presence, moderately soft mouthfeel. Good ending to the Epic series. ---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Dark blackish pour w/a moderate tan head. Spiced/pine aroma. Dark belgian flavor w/a lot of spice, Ginger, allspice, some pine tar/pitch, & cloves. Smooth & easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden. Long spicy finish, a good ending for this series!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Finally a spice ale where I can actually taste the spice. Very black, thick, smooth, and luxurious. Well done!!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2013
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The look is very dark brown to nearly black with a small head that fizzles into a ring and sticks around. The aroma is quite versatile with dark malts, a little dark fruit and a whole lot of black licorice. The body is full. On the taste there is this notable black licorice thing going on and something reminds me of potpourri for lack of a better description. Complex and lingering.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mdsurveyor (46) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Very complex. The aroma has a hint of many of the spices from the label. The taste is also equal full of many spices, but the bite overpowers the experience. Well crafted, but not to my personal taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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