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RATINGS: 605   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…


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Palidor19 (2919) - 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 (3528) - 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 (4385) - 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 (5944) - 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 (950) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22. Pours black with a dense and creamy tan head. Sudsy, with lots of drippy lace. Big fresh roasty gingerbread molasses cookie nose--sweet, intense, and maybe a little overdone (i.e., ready to age). Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roast, caramel, toffee, ginger snaps, and molasses on the mid palate. Long dry powdery finish, like a peppery spiced cocoa mix that you swallowed a little of without any water. Not bad. Curious to see where this one lands in a couple years. Kinda reminiscent of some early OSAs, but bigger for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bomber from GM Liquors. Nose is ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosehibs (which reaaly seem to stand out) and a little sweet candi sugar. Black with a medium, lightly lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is light sweet cinnamon rolls with just a hint of bitter and coffee in the background.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12oz bomber pours very dark with a lasting mocha colored head of foam. The aroma seems modest in strength offering up various winter spices as well as to a lesser extent malt and candi sugar like sweetness. Man! The taste is vibrant and bold with various spicy notes and Belgian candi sugar and then it turns into a mix of maybe ginger and cinnamon to midway. The brash spiciness seems like it will be off-putting but the sweetness and candi sugar sensation somehow manage to keep this thing from coming apart at the seams. At times it seems to be pushing me away but then it pulls me right back. I’m liking this.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill On Draft Pours very dark with cinnamon and nutmeg. Alcohol and bitter taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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