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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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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…


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4872) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Almost black pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma is pumpkin pie like with a hinto vanilla. Flavor of pumpkin pie with a clovish after taste. Light creamy chocolate. Medium full bodied with a tad of fizziness. Also some anise like characteristics. Pretty nice. Original rate was 3.7 but as I drank the whole 22oz the clovish/allspice really started to eat at me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a well-sized, pillowed, dark tan-hued head. Sufficient lacing present.

Smell: Even before leaning in for a sniff, you can smell the heavy-handed pack of spices, but, go on, already, and use that snout of yours. Sniff long, sniff deep. You get a clear-cut aroma of each member of the spicing addition, overneathe the charred maltiness and Belgian-type esters.

Taste: Roasted, burnt maltiness with some lighter, gentler tastes of breadcrust, brown sugar that, soon, are consumed by the accumulating spiciness. Very little sweetness throughout. Like being tossed in a giant burlap sack with feral cats, you’re torn to shreds by the spices. Also, some bitterness. Yes, some alcohol. And, still, there’s the charry maltiness. Finishes quite dry, quite spicy, and still rather roasty. In fact, those’re the main impressions of the beer: roast and potpourri.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It’s the end of an era, I suppose, and they’re closing out with a bold holiday spicing that would leave even the folks at St. Feuillien wide-eyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On draft at Issacs. Nice medium black body, definite bnotes of clove, ginger, roast and chocolate. I thought the clove was a tad over powering, but overall, a good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
22oz bottle 1/4/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-42° in Snifter-Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of spices. Taste of spices, yeast, and dark fruits. I can see why people do not like this spicy full bodied brew but I personally enjoy the spices. Maybe a bit too much but still tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma is quite spice forward with cinnamon, allspice and ginger in the forefront. There is also dark smooth malt, Belgian yeast and lots of dark fruits (dates/figs). It is quite smooth and gentle. The body is fairly full with some smoothness, but the carbonation at the finish gives it some roughness. The flavor starts with dark roasty/toasty malt and dry spices. The cloves peak through on the taste, but not noticing the orange peel. Ginger and dark fruit are pretty heavy. The finis is dry, powdery and floral. Really nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Char, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon aroma. Cola brown, medium yellow head. Flavor is burned gingerbread cookies. Allspice in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2013
What beautiful dark pour and creamy head. Spicey and fruity at the same time. The flavors remain on my palate long after swallowing. Perhaps the perfect dark beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, thick, dense brown head. Aroma is rather spicy with ginger and cinnamon notes, toasted grains, roasted malt, smoky wood and light licorice. Taste is ginger, cinnamon, roasted malt, light licorice, faint clove, chocolate, toasted grains, burnt caramel and light candyish notes. Body is medium-full with a strong, dense carbonation. Finishes with mint chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, clove, roasted malt, burnt grains, caramel and licorice notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap at Market Garden on 12/30/12. Pitch black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, malt, slight roast and Belgian esters. Malty flavor with notes of ginger, caramel, anise and toffee before a roasty finish. Pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Black pour. Aroma is all over the place: ginger, clove, maple, pancakes, Christmas, potpourri. Flavor is ginger, clove, cinnamon, with a huge roast on the end and too much bitterness for all the spice. Thick mouthfeel.


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