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RATINGS: 612   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…


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Draft. Dark to black pour with brown head. Ginger, cinnamon and licorice aromas dominate. Dark malts with very different spices and malty after taste.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with a strong notes of nutmeg and clove, other notes of dirt/dishrag, plastic / Silly Putty, peppermint. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. And we come to the end at last. I can say I’ve tried every single year, and sadly it’s been a mostly disappointing journey, with a few bright spots early in the run but with most vintages (especially in the latter half of the series) scoring in the 2s for me. Alas, this is one of the latter examples. Wayyyyy overspiced with some dirty/off notes. Very unpleasant aftertaste that’s likely caused primarily by the overdone spices. Might have been an ok brew if they had used about 1/3 the amount of spicing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Ours a black-brown with nice tan head. Aroma is spiced like a holiday drink with some roastiness and sweet fruit underneath, like chocolate cherries. Starts like a winter-spiced stout then finishes with a Belgian double...a nice mix....best described as a Belgian strong stout with holiday spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Friendly_Rob (24) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2013
70 cl bottle @ home, imported by a friend from California. Thanks Dave! It says this is a Belgium Ale, but I would more consider this as a Stout. Indeed very complex, lots of different taste like licorice and cinnamon. Not what I expected!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3346) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Spitzer’s Corner, NY tap ($9): Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, cinnamon, and a bunch of other spices, along with roasted malts, etc... etc... (basically, they just threw every flavour they could into this beer). Beer taste is a wee bit sweet, with light licorice (anise), and a hefty backbone of roasty maltiness. It be plenty complex, sure. I don’t think that it is unbalanced either, but it ain’t really my cup of tea.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdohse (6) - Bettendorf, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
Brownish, Black pour with brown frothy head. This beer was heavy as hell and had too much going on for me. Loaded with spices and nutty flavors. just not my cup of tea.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy and pillowy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is clove, star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices with chocolate and roast malt with light licorice notes. Flavor is heavy spices with moderate dark malt and fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 38°. Color is black with light carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma is Christmas spice with notes of ginger, allspice and dish soap. It has a medium body with a rich and sharp mouth feel. Flavor is a big punch of clove, nutmeg and ginger covered in cinnamon then an old stale apple taste shows. After taste is dry with the stale apple and cinnamon clinging on like tar. Overall this thing just sucks, one of the worst brews I have ever had. What a sad over spiced mess for the last Vertical Epic.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bookman10 (637) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a darkish, oily brown with little head. Various spices are present in the aroma--the clove, allspice, the ginger. Flavor is a complex brew of spices: the orange peel is quite noticeable, as are the ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Rather light and thin in the mouth, with a bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12/31/12. 22oz bomber from Grassroots Natural Market. Rich deep dark brown pour with a small brown head that fades to a ring but laces well. Huge kick of spices in the aroma dominated by cinnamon and all those other garbage pumpkin beer spices, but with a surprising dose of flowers. Lightly sweet caramel and molasses flavor with another truckload of spices and again that crazy floral aspect I really wasn’t expecting. That part is cool but otherwise mehhhh.


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