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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ron (3007) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
At Tap and Mallet’s Stone flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours dark chocolate with a copper tan head. A little spice bite in the aroma, and taste of sweetness with clove, cinammon and other spices. Finishes nicely. I really enjoyed this last of the Vertical Epic series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2012
A pitch black appearance with a beige head. The aroma contains some coffee, cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate. The flavor is somewhat bitter with some strong coffee flavors accompanied by a lot of spices including ginger and cinnamon. The finish is somewhat dry with a bit of alcohol showing through. Overall this is a very nice way to finish out the verticals. And with this rating I’ve had all of them! Yes I’m bragging so what.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
black/dark brown color, aroma of cinnamon and other spices, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, same flavors with some Belgian spice, clove, roasted malt, interesting beer, worth a try

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2191) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Tap. Dark, opaque brown with a modest beige head. Aroma of clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, mocha, and citrus. Taste is herbal and spiced and lightly sweet. Medium bodied. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1056) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Draft at Dutch’s. Notes of candied brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup (?), and a ton of other spices. Just a lot going on in this beer. More than I expected, fo sho. I am really impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, carmel and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, roastiness and dark chocolate with a smooth dry lingering roasty spiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bevacquas (1) - - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
Had it on tap and was delicious. Went to the store the next day to stock up on bottles!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks Brett! Well the gimmick is over, a nice looking beer with lots of deep hues in the color, but the taste is as stone describes it, with a womp of spice, too much spice that muddles together..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (424) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Pours coffee black with a thin beige head. Aromas of clove, dark chocolate, allspice, and some coffee in their. Whoa, wasn’t what I was expecting in the taste, in fact it keeps morphing with each sip. One sip will pack a huge spice punch with clove and ginger leading the way, to a coffee ground and dark chocolate finish and the next will to be dominated by chocolate malts, dark fruits and floral hops. Rather odd sensory triggering brew here. Alcohol is masked well and it has a pretty dry finish. Stone never seems to disappoint and even though this is not a beer I can see myself drinking all that often, it is still an exceptionally crafted brew. SLAINTE!!

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