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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1086) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shooter42 (132) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Finally a spice ale where I can actually taste the spice. Very black, thick, smooth, and luxurious. Well done!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3100) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Very large dark brown head of dense and creamy bubbles. Cellar temp so the head is about 3+ inches thick. Lots of spices in the aroma with some ginger, nutmeg, cocoa powder, dark roasted malts and a bit of sweet molasses. Color is a very dark brown. Flavor is soft malts more ginger, roasted grains, dark chocolate and a noticable bitterness. A little bit heavy on the spices though as they kind of overpower the other flavors. Very drinkable for such a dark and rich brew. Lingering chocolate and pine in the flavor with more spices (cinnamon to provide a little heat). A decent belgian style brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Candy apple on the nose. Taste like a smoked Belgian strong. Candy sugar followed by roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhbeer (43) - - JAN 18, 2013
Lost my tasting notes on this, so I’m going from memory. Pours a dark, brownish color with a nice tan head. Scent is complex, lots of spice and citrus, some yeasty earthy tones as well. Flavor is nice and sweet, up front. Raisins, gingerbread, earthiness followed by a nice balance of bitter hops in the end. Medium bodied with a nice, smooth finish. Stone finished off their Vertical Epics with a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Poured from a bomber into a tullip glas. It pours a nice dark color with a tan head that lasts an average while. Arome is nice and spicy of cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol but there are also some nice estery and toasted notes. Flavor is very sweet with a little bitterness at the end. There are notes of raisins, sweet malt, esters, and spices. It finishes dry with some of the alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is decent. Overall a delicious beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bomber into glass, dark black pour with brown head.. Aroma is hard to explain, some spice, weird..maybe licorice.... Taste is odd also, et hopps, some faint oranvge expresso, and weird to say but small hints of fish, dnt think i like it.. :/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Well I don’t know what to say. This beer is so balanced as to defy definition. Great looks with dark brown color, nice head modest malt aromas, and plenty of body. Not really Hoppy but sufficient and clean at the finish, a really well made ESB if it needs a definition.

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