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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 608   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…


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1034) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Near black with a dense tan head. Aroma is the list of spices with a good dose of orange and molasses. Almost like a spice cake. Taste is very similar but not quite as sweet as the aroma. Full body. Very soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lmndrsn (25) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Malty nose with a dash of chocolate and baking spices. Beautiful , brown- black brutish color. No lacing, thin head. Tastes like malt and chocolate. This beer is beautiful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1162) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at Driftwood. Pours black with a thick caramel head. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, slight smoke, and cloves. Flavor is of malts, cloves, chocolate, yeast, and booziness. Full bodied. Leaves a bitter sweet malt, chocolate, and clove finish. Unique.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4209) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
The aroma is very spicy with chocolate, cola, molasses, and tasted malt. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is good.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Lots of Xmas flavors with taste of nutmeg and coriander. Dark roasted malts with a big astringent aftertaste. Decent beer with a few faults. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bomber--->tulip. Pours a dark black with a thick tan head and insane lace. Smells of gingerbread and light licorice. Nice pie spice notes and graham cracker in the taste with some roasty bitterness mixed in. Very full bodied palate that I could probably stand a straw up in. Not much alcohol in the taste, but it warms your innards as it goes down. I have a love of spice beers and this one doesn’t disappoint. Seems a bit more on the impy stout side, but whatever. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
bottle - Very dark pour with a lasting tan head. The aroma is of dark fruit and spices. There’s no question that it’s a Belgian style. The taste is of dark fruit and spice but also has a roasted character that dries it out. It’s a full bodied and very enjoyable beer, a fine finish to the series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Black color with a small head. Aroma of cinnamon, alspice and a bit of cardamom. Strong cinnamon flavor with moderate hits of alspice and cardamom. Lots of malt character. Light roastiness. Very dry, especially for the flavor profile.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6072) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Tap at Muddy Pig. Dark pour with a creamy tan head. Lots of gingerbread and molasses in this, sweet and spicy. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (955) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
dark pour (wasn’t expecting black pour), aroma of spice, pine, hop slight malt. Flavors of lightly bitter, well balanced, medium to full body. Borders a light stout than a Belgian Strong Ale. Excellent brew, complex taste of spices, not as sweet as I thought it would be.


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