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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 666   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 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 (2519) - 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 (2264) - 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 (1536) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2823) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Dark black with tan head... Aroma of cinnamon and spices... Belgian malts, brown sugar with West Coast hops... Still slightly dry on the finish... Belgium meets West... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1187) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown/black with a decent tan had and lacing. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and chocolate, with lots of other stuff going on. Tastes sweet with a slightly drier finish. Body is full with a wonderful velvety smooth mouthfeel Alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a delight of a dessert beer. I’m glad to have tried it and regret not having tried earlier years’ versions.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.

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