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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 639   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…


2.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a rich, thick onyx with a nice darkened beige head. Nose is cinnamon, clove, light fudge, and a touch of rose petals. Flavor is a salty mishmash of seaweed, cinnamon, fish, and bitter roses. Average mouthfeel. I bought this fresh but it tastes oxidated. I’ll buy another and re-rate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (783) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
As little as I enjoy dark Belgians, this is really a gorgeous beer, with a pitch-black color and a beautiful, medium brown colored head that leaves some classy, thick, shimmering lacing. It has an incredibly unique, powerful aroma packed with cloves, ginger, and orange. What makes all of these spices alright: the heavy, roasted malts. This smells very much like many of the fall/winter seasonal pumpkin beers that have been coming out as of late (in particular, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator). Wow, what a nose. And thank you, Stone, for keeping the yeast out of it. In the mouth you’re in for something a little wild and completely different from what the aroma lets on. It’s slightly thinner than you’d expect of its pitch black color, soft and creamy. What’s fantastic about the flavor is how they pulled off how to compliment the intense roasted flavor with the intense spices to not only make each of the parts easy to drink and unoffensive when tasted individually, but also combined to produce a fantastically well-balanced and complex beer that manages to feel smooth and almost creamy as a whole. Wow. The intense spice content and heavily roasted malts ball up in the center of the tongue and are so strong that they make your tongue curl up in fear… but then the beer lulls it back into submission with its smooth character. As crazy of a beer this is, it’s really very good. One thing, though: the warmer it gets, the harsher and more uncomfortable the roasted malt bitterness becomes, so drink it between 50-55 degrees. Now, Being the last of the Vertical Epic series, I’m putting a bottle of this away in the cellar for an indefinite amount of aging.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerIamBlog (20) - - DEC 30, 2012
Smelled like a Belgian, looked like a stout, tasted like pumpkin. This was a really enjoyable beer to drink especially while the weather is cold. If you like Belgian beers or have been wanting to try one, give this a shot. - check out more at www.beeriam.com

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the last week of the NFL regular season watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a robust dark tan head that is slightly bubbly. Aroma has a lot going on, notes of chocolate, cinnamon, Belgian ale yeast, flower pedals, ginger, roasted malt, and raisins. Smells outstanding and rich but delicate. Taste goes down nice and smooth and retains the complexity found in the aroma, with the addition of nutmeg. It also packs a punch without being abrasive. Really great brew to round out this great series.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1823) - 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 (3895) - 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 (163) - 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 (2709) - 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 (7890) - 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.


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