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RATINGS: 619   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
bottle, dark brown black color with thin tan foam ring, aroma is hoppy roast and herbal, flavor has some bitter roast note with rye bread, plum, bitter chocolate, nice light bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3344) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Spicy clove aroma. Pumpkin pie spices dominate, with some orange zest sneaking through. Bitter spice finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Poured from a bomber on 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (776) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle pours opaque brownish black with thin oily head. Roast, toffee, coffee, allspice, cinnamon. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied and crisp. A tad acidic. This is classified as a Belgian, but it reminds me of certain imperial stouts, albeit with some spices.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopandSoul (3) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012 does not count
Very smooth and crisp. Not too overpowering. Thick tannish brown after pour and finishes strong. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1989) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12. Opaque, black-brown with thin tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of Christmas spices, dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, molasses, dark fruit and smoked peat. Taste of sweet toffee quickly followed by dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, smoked peat and Christmas spices. Full/medium body and low/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma has a lot of roastyness, chocolate malt, nuts, spices, rather dry. Taste is very spicy, with a lot of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, with roasted malt, wood. Lingering dry spiciness. Different, tasty beer. Good ending to the series.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (540) - 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 (890) - 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 (937) - 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.


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