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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 604   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…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1307) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Slightly sweet aroma with heavy spicing noticeable (clove, cinnamon, ginger). Pours an opaque black, with a huge tan head. The flavor is very similar to the many Christmas beers out, heavy spicing, a touch of roast, and a full body. This is quite a tasty beer, and I believe it will hold up well. Now is the time to set up the tasting with all of the beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2012
Really nice beer. Strong and unique yet terribly drinkable for its strength. Works like a dubbel with some added spice. Pours black and beautiful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1568) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Proof. Black pour with a creamy brown head. Big spice aroma at first with ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves with underlying dark fruits and chocolate. Sweet, chewy entry with dark fruits, leather followed by aforementioned spiced with chocolate and earth ending on a bitter, dry ashiness. Medium to full bodied and smooth carbonation. Just on the good side of spice level to make it very enjoyable for me. Pretty solid beer.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
This one was a bit spicy for me. The spices overpowered the malt and the hops leaving it just a messy beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black cola with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, orange peel, sweet malt and chocolate. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle in an English pint. Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, a lot of spices, and floral hops. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A good beer but I don’t know if the spices add to it or take away from it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (769) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours dark black, thick tan head. Aroma of allspice and nutmeg and cloves, taste is spice and finish is spicy. Tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma has lots of ginger, clove, allspice, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits, and a slight hint of toffee and earthy tones. Taste is a bit overspiced, some nice sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit, leading into spicy ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon, some slight banana, finishing spicy and slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle. Near black pour, slight tan head. Smells great, tons of spices but none dominating. Cinnamon and ginger mostly with some citrus and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is smooth and balanced - spiced but not overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3534) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle: poured a deep black with a one finger tan to light brown head. Aroma is rich roasted malts and coriander. Taste is full of spices, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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