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RATINGS: 612   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…


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/12/12.
Very dark brown, with a tight tan head.
Aroma is loaded with spices, allspice and clove dominate, but cinnamon and ginger, black pepper, and maybe nutmeg are there too. In addition to the spice there are wisps of chocolate and coffee. On aroma alone I’m thinking this is going to be a nice winter warmer.
Spice also dominates the flavor, clove up front, with some cinnamon and allspice layered underneath. Molasses shows up as it warms, but never gets too sweet. Finish is dry.
9% abv only shows up as a gentle warming in the belly.
Stone saved the best for last.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (872) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Nearly black with medium brown head. Somewhat malty but muted nose. Flavor is a bit rough, some roast, some esters, a little smokey, but doesnt blend all that well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (882) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours a deep brown-black with a small tan head which fades to lacing on the edges. Aroma is of spice (cinnamon, cloves, and some ginger) roasted malts, banana, Belgian yeast, some some coffee notes. Taste is of roasted malts, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bitter orange peel. coco, coffee, and some Belgian yeast notes. Has a medium full body with slightly creamy mouthfeel and slightly spicy, slightly boozy finish. overall, a pretty nice Belgian Strong Ale and probably one of the better beers of the vertical epic series.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2593) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
12-12-12, tap. Black with thin frothy head. Nose smells like an orange with cloves stuck in it. More cloves than orange. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Not a fan. Tastes like sucking on a whole clove. Very drying and bitter. Smells great for a Christmas beer. Not a big fan though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2072) - 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 (418) - 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 (687) - 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 (723) - 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.


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