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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (678) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (663) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3536) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bomber from BevMo. Bottled @ 9%. Dark in color. Pretty much black. Slick and oily looking. Highly spiced nutmeg nose. Roasty with a lot of spice. Smooth bodied. Some burning in the finish. Not sure if it’s from the spice or from alcohol. Strong roasty finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6005) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap. Very dark red / brown color. Good light brown head, leaves some decent lace. Nice cinnamon nose, some tobacco and herbs. Awesome spice flavor - incense, clove. Hint of orange. Light, smooth carbonation. Body on the bigger side, but not one bit syrupy, more dry, though kind of creamy. Cinnamon and allspice aftertaste. Taste is a balance of light sweet, bitter and savory. Alcohol is not noticeable. Very tasty and easy to drink for 9.4%. Awesome beer fresh, smooth now, but tastes like it’ll get even smoother with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (605) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black with frothy and creamy brown head. Aroma is full of spices; cinnamon, clove, and ginger are all well represented. Reminded me a lot of spicy autumn pumpkin beers, a lot of clove in the finish. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like this, truly unique. Well done.

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