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RATINGS: 649   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…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1482) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a massive surprise. Pours our thick black and dark tan head. The abundance of spices leap out. Flavors of cinnamon and allspice, balanced handily with rich roasted malts and chocolate, plus a healthy dose of hops. The best way that I could describe this is as an imperial pumpkin/spice stout. Freaking delicious and dangerously drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (4296) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours deep, dark brown with faint ruby highlights and thick, fizzy tan head; good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy cloves, roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, dates, raisins, pine, and floral hops. Flavor is ash, cloves, bitter earthy hops, spice, roast malt, and faint dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Served in a Vertical Epic glass. Really heavy on the spice. Like a bad gingerbread cookie without any sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 12, 2013
Spice aroma predominantly cinnamon. Slight fruity esters. Peppery and clove flavor on top of the cinnamon. Finishes slightly dry and tart. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1265) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark, basically opaque dark brown. Lots of head on it, dark coffee-brown. Raisin, cinnamon in the smell. Has a nice light fizzy feel, bot quite what I expected from it. Pretty good, a decent sweetness to it. Perhaps a little too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badwhale (396) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bomber to glass mug. Pours an opaque black with a brown head that stays. Clove is the dominant flavor with a black coffee background. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Tons of stuff going on here. Says it’s a belgian, but you couldn’t convice me. Its more imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle poured a dark cola with a large mocha head and notable lacing. Aroma begins with gingerbread with notes of ginger, allspice, and clove evident followed by a hint of roasted malt. Taste begins with similar spices before a wave of roasted malt leads to palatable bitterness. Enjoyable creamy mouthfeel with flavor of spices lingering. Really enjoyed this and definitely worth having another.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oscbert (1155) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
~Strong aroma of clove, licorice, pepper and ginger. Reminds me of the holidays. Love the smell, but not getting any malt or hops. ~Pours pitch black with small brown bubbly head. ~Strong clove flavor with same spices that were found in aroma along with cinnamon. Spices are overwhelming and make this hard to drink. ~medium full bodied with medium CO2, lingering bitter clove finish. ~The spices are too much on this. Loved the aroma, but my palate was assaulted by a spice cabinet. Needs sweetness for balance or less spices. Bummer. I was really looking forward to this.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (3074) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch if beige head. The aroma offers licorice, overly spiced, cookie dough, holiday spices. Mediocre flavor. Dark roast and spices with a touch of alcohol heat. This puts the final touches on a mediocre set of beers. On the whole, I remain entirely unimpressed with Stone.


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