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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…


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Ink black pour, massive tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is chocolate, fruity esters, cinnamon, clove, spice, roast. Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, roast. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, spicy finish. Odd beer; enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from central market. Pours a dark dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, and sugar. Flavor is super brown sugar, sweet sugar and maple. Finishes dry and Christmas spice. Glad the world didn’t end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark color with a tan head. Looks and smells amazing. Roasted and delicious.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a small tan head. All sorts of baking spice and anger with a touch of booze.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a minute shade off of a black hued body with a nice, retentive medium brown head that leaved good lace. Aromas are of spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, toasted bread, mild Belgian yeast. Ginger bread, estery, vanilla, mildly floral. Pastries, a touch of chocolate, but no real roast character. Flavors are a bit ashy, wooden, roasty, cigarette butts. Dry, bitter, slightly vegetal and astringent spice (not quite as badly as I’m making it sound). Pretty dry, clove, raisins, dark fruit, leather. Medium allspice and low nutmeg. Earthy. Mildly warming, but the alcohol isn’t at all distracting. Slightly confused and a bit overly spiced. Medium carbonation (high 2.5s), slightly fuller body with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and it’s fairly interesting, not that it’s my favorite but I haven’t had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bootle- Poured cold- Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a tan head, that seems to be holding up. Aromas similar to Anchor Christmas ale, pine, spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg... Mouth feel is medium bodied with an initial hit of orange and clove on the palate. A little too much and might be over cloying as it warms. I get a slight sardine flavor from the brew. Not sure if it’s from the cap, but it’s still to young for the effect. Carbonation is very mellow and just as most vintages, this won’t age very well. It’s not well balance. The alcohol is very well hidden for what it is . I’d rather frink Trader Joe’s Vintage ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
shared bomber. pours black with little head. spice filled nose. med body with more spices, dark malts and a light citrus bitterness. chocolate malt finish with some lingering spice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (611) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Appearance was clear deep brown with creamy tan tiny diminishing head, no lacing. Aromas are spices ie. clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cinamain, sweet roasted chocolate, coffee malts, no alcohol present. Taste are sweet cocao, coffee, toffee malts with candi shinning through. Spices are present like winter brews are, all spice, nutmeg, cin, clove are slightly coming to play.Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting dryish spicey finish. Like stoutish and winter combine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Banana, cherry, and bubblegum on the aroma and palate. Instense aroma. Tan fizzy, creamy head. Well balanced.


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