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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 666   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4525) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Deep brown with an average beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. Taste is of cinnamon, ginger, toast, roasted malts, and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. The look is dark, tan decent head, and black in color. The smell is spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some yeast, allspice, dried fruit, and ok. The taste is spices, allspice, fruit, some hops, and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Rich spices. Warm and delicious. Aging one and drinking one now. Perfect winter brew. Gorgeous in glass

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mulletreeve (18) - - DEC 24, 2012
Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 from a bomber, poured straight in a Chimay glass. This is what I look for in a winter holiday beer. It's a dark ale or almost a porter with holiday spices. Beautiful dark color, quickly disappearing espresso head, smooth body, very little carbonation, with notes of chocolate, molasses, nutmeg. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Sampled on Christmas Eve 2012 with Kristen. Clear dark mahogany with ample light tan head. Nose of sweet orange citrus, light roast. Flavor is more like ginger, honey, clove, allspice, roast - Reminds me a great deal of Hardywood GBS -but not quite as sweet. This is actually quite tasty, and might be one of my favorites of the series. Interested to see how it develops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3743) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (7408) - New York, 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.

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