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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5548) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha milkshake head recedes leaving scant lacing. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Thick with smoky "bitters", caramel and licorice upfront turning to chocolate covered fruitcake before the lasting espresso and clove finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured a deep coffee colour with minimal head. Smell of nice spices- very holidays like. This followed into the flavours that had Christmas just screaming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. What a great way to end an series. This beer, to me, just screams Christmas time with it’s variety of spice and flavor. Very much a Christmas because of it’s dark color and sweet spicy flavor. I really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2012
pours black with brown head, aromas of spice up front, im picking up a lot of allspice, there is a earthy hop presence followed by roasted malts. Taste is spices up front getting cinnamon and allspice with some hop bitterness along with a very good roasty character possibly some chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this is very well balanced, everything blends together perfectly and no one flavor dominates the rest. Seems to me stone has been on a roll lately with some well crafted brews, nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1686) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Opaque, dark, dark brown with a bubbly tan head and excellent lace. Dark fruit aromas dominate, accompanied by alcohol, Belgian yeasts, spices and chocolate. Flavors are similar, and feature a chewy bready malt sweetness, dark chocolate, spices and ripe plums. Medium body, tons of carbonation, soft and warming alcohol, and a pleasant fruit sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22oz bottle: upon opening the bottle I could smell the sweet spice. It was very pleasant and not overpowering. The pour was much darker than I was expecting from a Belgian stong ale. Much more stout like in appearance. The aroma is of malt and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. hints of roastiness. The flavor is a amazing blend of toasty, roasty, spice, chocolate and malt. Spice is not overbearing and less sweet than I was expecting. It’s like a Belgian spiced stout. I think spice beers can get out of control/balance really quick, but this is a great example of what an world class brewery can create.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thetmaxx (905) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badpuppy69 (320) - orange, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Very dark like a stout, no head really. Aroma is nutmeg coffee dark chocolate some spices. Taste follows the nose with a medium to heavy mouth feel. Slight black licorice note too. Alcohol is hidden well. Slight pumpkin characters but like a stout pumpkin. Pretty good but is not really my style as its very black beer. But good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bomber. Spice, dark fruit and some citrus. Creamy and sweet malty background. Light bitter finish with a spicy aftertaste and mild alcohol burn. A good beer but I was hoping for better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Dark reddish-brown pour with a red-brown head. Aroma is spice, coffee, malt. Taste is dry, strong bitter. Nutmeg, some citrus, allspice, coffee,

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