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RATINGS: 588   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…


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
pours a jet black with a medium fluffy khaki head, and excellent lacing. smell is of spice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, some roasted malt, and some vanilla. taste is smooth, spice, nutmeg and ginger are dominate, touch of clove, burnt toffee, malt, a few hops hiding in the back, and a wee bit of sweetness. ends roasty and very spicy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A - Pours a dark black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugar, lots of spices including allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, with a bit of citrus peel, Belgian yeast, and some booze. T - Starts out with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with a touch of chocolate and some dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon, and some light citrus peel. Through the middle, some more spices come through with some clove, ginger, and herbs, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with lots of spices, dark fruits, some citrus peels, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, sweet, and spicy finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice big BSDA but just a touch too spice heavy. Good complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a dark roast finish. Medium- Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, interesting brew!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (536) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Sniffer pour, deep dark brown with full finger khaki head. Nose is quite spiced, ginger, cloves and all that stuff I never go big on. Flavor is similar, quite spiced, sharp... Smooth body, not too heavy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap in the commemorative conical glass. Pours a very dark brown with a caramel head. Aroma is of dark fruit. Taste is fruity and dark malts with alcohol. Low carbonation with a lingering fruity taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at brewery. Dark brown to black with a creamy tan head. Sweet roasted grain and allspice aroma. Tastes of chocolate, all spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a roasted grain earthy finish and s nice creamy palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Wow! Super dark pour, looks almost like a stout with a slick tan head. Wonderful spiced aroma, cinnamon, cloves and some dark fruit. Flavor is even better, a great balance of the spices and sweet malty goodness. This is a fucking tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3303) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Black beer white head. Lots of licorice and ginger in the aroma. The flavor is licorice, sugar, and ginger. Reminds me of black jelly beans, which I like so I like the taste of the drink but don’t think of it as a beer. Too many adjuncts. It hides its strength well though and is tasty. The finish is a little dry and chalky. The lacing is light and tan. The texture is oily and drools down the inside of the glass after each sip.


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