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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StormCoat (123) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1952) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1964) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom. Deep, dark pour with chocolate head. Spicy taste, just riding the edge on being too much spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1490) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a near black with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and dark malt. Taste is sweet and smooth with roasted coffee notes mixed with cinnamon and spice. Good for special occasions. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerman6686 (6327) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
This poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroa was light chocolate, and heavy heavy spices, almost church like. Flavor was similar but worse, alost like drinking frankensense. Bleh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Good head retention. Lots of candy banana coming from the glass. Also caramel malts, citrus, spice. an herbal note and a faint touch of umami. The taste is intense herbal notes, caramel, bread, treacle, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3567) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap at Anodyne in Albuquerque, NM December 2012-pours really dark brown with a soapy kacki head. WOW crazy stuff going on in the nose here-not what i was expecting at all-wood (cedar), nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, with some metallic notes. crazy flavors of roast, chocolate, allspice, burnt notes (black malt?), which is big in the finish. I really like this-probably the best aniv beer they have put out the past 5 yrs. Well with that said, this is it-the last one. Lingering spices on the finish once the dominant roast notes fade away. A really unique brew here!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. The aroma is very spicy. The appearance is black with a thin tan head. The taste is very pumpkin spice. The spice just overtakes this beer, but in a very good way. The palate ends a very mild spice. Overall, a great beer from stone... As always. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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