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RATINGS: 663   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
12.12.12, the last "epic". 22oz bottle. Pours black, chocolate colored head. Oily thick textured. Nice foam, great aromas. Loads if spice. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and even clove-like esters, chocolate, and alcohol. Loads of spice flavor. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, fruity esters, yeasty clove spicyness. Finishes dry with flavor of roasted malts. A perfect beer for the Twelfth Day of Christmas. (3573)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1579) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle via SL... Pours a dark black color....wasnt expecting that at all. Decent little head. Strong lacing left on the glass. Nose of spices... smells like a pumpkin stout. Lots nutmeg, cinnamon. Tasty... if this came out around Fall I would be all over it. Medium body, average carbonation level. Alcohol hidden well. Overall: Enjoyable...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Absolutely wonder Belgian ale. Super dark malty base that is not super carbonated and not sweet at all. By itself this makes the ale great. But the spices -- wow! I'm definitely picking up cardamom and cinnamon, and somehow they all work together to elevate the beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Pours very dark brown, not much head, good light khaki lacing. Very malty aroma, lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, pronounced bubble gum aroma. Tastes sweet, then spicy, no bubble gum as in the nose, but all the other spices are there, cannot taste the alcohol, mildly earthy, slight citrus hop notes. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, very spicy, very slight alcohol burn. Overall good, I can see this being very good in 10 years when the spices mellow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (4637) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Strong aroma has malty and yeasty notes and a firm overtone of spices - I get clove, ginger and maybe allspice. Thought I smelled coriander, though that’s not listed as an ingredient. It pours like a stout - a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - woooooooo, mouth-filling, strong and herbal; woody, licorice, ginger, roast malt, bitter hoppy, subtle orange and nutty notes. This beer must be sipped slowly! Thick, firm, smooth texture has a strong and persistent tingle. Stones last "triplet date" beer is a winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (2157) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. They laid into the spice cabinet a little to heavy on this one. The nose and taste was solid spice cake. Really nice deep dark color, great scent, and full thick body. Simply too spicy for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3136) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
A decent beer to round out the series. Very heavy on the spices. Aroma was all spice. Strong nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was all spices. The nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice were there, but the ginger really came out strong. Tasted like a dark gingerbread cookie. A slightly bitter aftertaste seemed a little out of place but was welcome. Light carbonation. Too spicy to be great, but a tasty holiday/gimmick beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (778) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours deep brown, like a porter, with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is spices and sweet vanilla, and the flavor is really big. Strong holiday type spices and fruit and ginger, there’s a fruitcake like quality and a finish with strong cloves and cinnamon. Another outstanding Stone beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a dark black, aromas.of spice, slight sweet cinnamon notes, it’s ok overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Almost black pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma is pumpkin pie like with a hinto vanilla. Flavor of pumpkin pie with a clovish after taste. Light creamy chocolate. Medium full bodied with a tad of fizziness. Also some anise like characteristics. Pretty nice. Original rate was 3.7 but as I drank the whole 22oz the clovish/allspice really started to eat at me.

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