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RATINGS: 608   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…


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (5292) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Draft at pony bar with Linh Christmas eve 2012. Pours a deep brownish black with chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is super spicy, ton of banana, and a lot of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium, super spicy, ton of clove, funky banana, light cinnamon and booze. Not my thing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Wow what an appearance. Thick brown foam that lasts forever. Nice lacing. Not very aromatic. Creamy and bitter. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2673) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Fruity sweet aroma with a nice malt base. The beer pours dark brown with a tan creamy head. The flavor has the malt base with a bit of roast and smoke. The fruitiness is subdued. Nice balance with just a bit of warmth on the throat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1362) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a nicely sized tan head. Aroma is a traffic jam of spices with clove (although lighter than prior vertical epics) and a sharp, herbal bitterness. Taste a ton of spices including cinamon, pepper, licorice, anise), tobacco, minimal sweetness, and a lingering bitterness. Yeast character in the taste is minimal. Clean, relatively dry mouthfeel. Aggressive and over the top at the moment I think this beer will drink better in a few years.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Purchased this to enjoy with the 11.11.11. Dark pour. Compared to the 11 this had more nutmed, less cinamon no pepper. Some belgian spices but covered up by the kitchen spices. Slightly better than the 11, but still not my style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bomber. Allspice in the nose as well as cinammon. Nutmeg too. Pitch black body with light brown head. Not dissimilar to the Sam Adams gingerbread beer I had last night. And as good as that was this is better. Has a stronger alcohol warmth. Really outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1414) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a full tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is clearly ginger and a host of other spices. Taste is semi-sweet roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Pretty busy, to say the least. Not especially bitter, except for that derived from the roasted grain. Another damned good Vertical!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown color in the glass with a small head. Aroma of spices and nutmeg and a slight alcohol smell comes from the glass. Taste does have a wallop of spices just like the description. Nutmeg, corriander, pumpkin and a variety of taste hits you and lingers for a long finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours dark brown with a light brown head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is strong of spices, especially clove. Taste is very sweet with dominating spices especially clove, I’ve had less spicy pumpkin beers. The mouthfeel is very full with moderate carbonation. Overall I was seriously disappointed with this one, way too spicy. Maybe the spices will die down with aging, but I doubt I’ll pick up another bottle to see.


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