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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Black, big brown head. Smells like pumpkin bread, plus cinnamon, orange, clove and coffee. Its not as rich as the smells would indicate, in fact it’s surprisingly drinkable. Coffee, cinnamon and some other indeterminate spices. Orange peel and some yeasty notes, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pour deep black, with thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Spiced, balanced and nearly dry. Layers of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, herbs, and chocolate. Very spiced/herbed dark Belgium ale like, though not sweet. Well balanced. Not a big, powerful beer, though good mouthfeel and focused flavors. 9% alcohol is very well hidden under the spice. My nearest comparison is a friendlier, better spiced version of Green Flash Friendship Brew. The description on the side of the bottle is accurate. Interesting, though unsure I will purchase again. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (728) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Out of the bottle, it pours deep chocolate brown with thin, ashen tan head, fairly viscous and syrupy. The aroma is fantastic; dark fruit, allspice, caramel, and some booze. The flavor is caramelly sweet with a with cinnamon, maybe cherry and great roasty bitter finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy, full and thick. For a huge brew, it’s not too sweet. It’s almost like a sweet stout mixed with an abbey. It would do well with some aging, but if you can’t wait then share it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle... Poured black with a nice forming, off-white head. Nose had lots of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves for sure. Thicker mouthfeel. The allspice came through initially on the palate with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetal notes, and citrus. Dark malts, molasses, almost like an anise character with all the spices combined. A nice seasonal transition; from all the spice squashy beers to the spiced holiday beers. This falls nicely in between.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sigh_borg (96) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours deep chocolate brown with a small, frothy light brown head. Aroma is dominated by spices: clove, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom. Also getting some yeast aroma. Taste is bitter with not much sweetness. Finish is also bitter. Palate is medium and a bit syrupy. The intensity of the spices is almost too much here. Kind of like an over-spiced pumpkin pie. Alcohol is hidden behind the spices. I’d like this to be a bit more sweet-- not really digging the spicy-bitter combo here. Kind of disappointed with this one. :/

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1982) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a dark thick black color with a magnificent mocha head. Nose is cloves, floral and yeasty. Taste is spicy with bitter cloves and strong cinnamon flavor. carbonation medium with a heavy texture. Finish is yeasty and moderately long and ends with a myriad of " fall " spices. Complex, spectacular beer. Quaff Score 9 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours black with a brown head an aroma of spices and cloves. Taste is of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice with a bittersweet, long finish. Delicious beer, unique and great tasting for a Belgain

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StormCoat (122) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Picked up a bomber bottle at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Poured it into a tulip glass. Pours almost black, with a huge, fluffy tan head, and nice lacing. Big, spicy aroma, and flavors follow suit. This stuff is like Christmas in a glass...flavors of cloves, cinnamon, allspice, dark fruits. I can’t help but think of egg nog, and I love egg nog. But there is a sweet bitterness like coffee and dark chocolate underneath everything. And a mild, lingering clove aftertaste. This is a very complex and multi-layered beer that you could mellow out with and sip all night. Rich, and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
12.12.12 bought on 12/12/12 at Weiland’s in Columbus Ohio. Quite unexpectedly pours a rich chocolate brown with very little head into a snifter glass. Nose is sweet with cinnamon and a hint of molasses and clove. Taste is quite dry but in a refreshing way. presence of cedar and citrus aspects of hop. Body is lively. finish is just a hint of good bitters. interesting beer that is not typical of the style but good none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s Stone Event. Black with good, creamy, brown head / Bright, complex, somewhat delicate nose of baking spice, chocolate, and molasses / Medium to full body, a touch thin, malty and sweet, moderate hop balance, with lots of spice in the finish / Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, rosehip, orange peel, semisweet chocolate, and coffee / Not my taste, being a chocolate Christmas spice beer, and could have used a bigger body, but still well done.

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