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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 647   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bomber. "Tastes like christmas" - Kristen-mas. "Smells like my armpit when it was drunk and sexy" - Kristen-mas. Reminiscent of Anchor Xmas for sure. Chocolatier and roastier. A bit weird. Sweet, but with a hop pellet-esque bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mmmbeer (1306) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22 oz. botlle served in shaker- better late than never I guess. Poured a nontransparent black when held to a light source, darkened tan head formed with about a dozen frog eyes that bubbled and popped as the medium carbonation hit them. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon, darkened fruit, and hype. Hits the mouth with a medium body, spices hit you from the start, which makes the malt almost unnoticeable- the malt tastes like it was smoked, middle has some more spices, finish is just spicy with a bittering undertone. More or less a Christmas cookie in the glass- you might be into that kind of thing, and that’s fine, but I’m not. Hype. Yep, a shitload of hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jb (2479) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
One of the most impressive beers I have ever had, and it is going to get the highest number of anything I have rated. What a good finish to an up and down series, that was mostly pretty enjoyable that I am sad is ending. Beautiful, dark thick foamy head, in a really cool glass that fanned out but was short. Sweet uber spicy nose with dark fruit and malt notes. Body starts spicy, then tasted malty, then creamy, then clean. Dark roast/smoke lingers in some sips. Tingles too. As I can’t imagine how they can improve this, I am rating this quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1564) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Nose of cinnamon, and dark fruit. Pours a deep dark brown with mostly diminishing tan head and minor lacing. Tastes of cinnamon, allspice, with some bitterness on the finish. Cinnamon lingers on the aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, the spices are not overpowering and therefore the beer can be enjoyed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Hopleaf. Glad I didn’t buy into this whole epic thing. this one was a huge let down for a finisher. Pours a deep mahogany with reddish tinges, offwhite head. The nose is super spiced. nutmeg and clove, pumpkin spicing. Weird cop out for a pumpkin beer? Dark malt on the palate along with the spicing. Like an overdone pumpkin beer, really. Horrible way to end the series...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5598) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Poured a dark color with a dark tan head. Aroma was some Christmas spices - touch of cinnamon, allspice, touch of orange peel. Flavor had roasted malts, sweet dark coffee character, Christmas spices. Reminds me a bit of the Anchor Christmas brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub on the 12/12/12 release. Good timing! Pours a deep brown color with a dark tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, adn dark fruits. The flavor is the same. Some ginger, maybe. A little citrus in the back. More maltiness than I am giving it credit for, though. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel. Really nice. Maybe my favorite of this series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2012
With All the spices this is almost a spice herb beer. Yet it isn’t anywhere close to overwhelming as most Christmas beers. really excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6228) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4300) - 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.

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