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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 610   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…


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2014
A vast array of flavors! Lots of prunes, dates and licorice on the nose. The clove is very present in the taste, as well as the ginger and cinnamon. A work or art!!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vcoggins (39) - Cypress, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pours almost black with a thick brown head. Aroma is of ginger bread, nutmeg, and dark roasted malts. Taste follows the nose with lots of ginger bread and pumpkin like spices. The mouth feel is medium-thick and coats well. This beer is very stout like, similar to pumpkin stouts. Overall a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (661) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark brown pour. Slightly oily. The smell has a good dose of spice and yeast.My first thought was gingerbread on tasting...lots of cinnamon, anise, orange, clove taste. Pretty standard carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Interesting and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Anise, Cinnamon, Mild Cappuccino Appearance: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Hue, Mild Lacing Taste: Cinnamon, Anise, Mild Bourbon Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Spicy, Mildly Drying

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown/black with finger thick tan head. Aroma: Cinnamon, allspice, clove, orange. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness and a slight saltiness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, medium/heavy body, average carbonation, lingering dry, spicy, clove finish. Comments: Tasty and glass lace. The spice is very strong and generally the beer reminds me more of a stout than a Belgium style abbey beer due to the heaviness and average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is black with a medium sized khaki head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and roast. Flavor is tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, belgian yeast, spice, roast, and dark fruit. Finish and aftertaste is cinnamon sticks and gingerbread.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (685) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights, a nice sized and very persistent tan head with good lacing. Aroma of the spices like allspice, ginger and cnnamon with some almost charred malt. Taste follows nose with the spices and malt and adds some cocoa and molasses. Finishes with some roastiness and lingering spices and drier than expected. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate/high carbonation. I think letting this age for over a year was a good idea. May have allowed the flavors to meld better.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (451) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (588) - - MAR 16, 2014
2012 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick cinnamon tan head. Smell is allspice, cinnamon and slightly herbaceous. Taste is allspice, cinnamon, chocolate, some dark fruits and herbal bitterness at the end. Spices take the main stage. Full mouthful with a dry, tannic feeling at the end. Very stout-like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Stout-like in many ways! Very dark. There’s notes like bubblegum amid the spice, and I get a decent amount of clove in the aroma. Solid palate, not particularly sweet. Good balance, and a nice finish to the vertical epic series. Bottle.


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