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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 669   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with spice and yeast. Light cocoa throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roast malt, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Flavor is big spice, cinnamon, clove, a little roast malt and some dark fruit. Very dry with the spiciness throwing this out of balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Am I the only person who thinks this tastes like a steak marinade? Pours near black, no head, almost no nose. Flavor is herbal with a little spice and reminds me of A-1 Steak sauce. The hell, Stone? Are you too good to make an abbey ale like a good abbey?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
22 oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with brown head. Aroma is or roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt and hints of ginger and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, medium clumping light brown head. Nice, rich nose of chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, and hints of ginger, sweet, caky, and spicy. Medium body, rich, with chocolate, dark fruitskin, and spice, in addition to roast. Allspice is prominent; orange peel and cloves are notable. Finishes bitter and spicy. A few ounces is enough, as the spices get to be cloying, but not a bad brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1365) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Opague black color topped by a small creamy tan head. Spicy roasted malt aroma hints at yeasty dried fruit. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with notes of cinnamon, allspice, burnt caramel and dried fruit. Noticeable resiny hops in finish. Very nice.

   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 (1591) - 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.

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