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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 615   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…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a deep black with a fine head of biege. Smells like Santa: cloves, anise, coffee, and brown sugar. Smooth body, with a balanced array of delights: clove, black pepper, anise, stone fruits, ginger, a bit of burnt sugar/toffee and a long finish of coffee and spice. If I may call this a Christmas beers it’s one of the finest I’ve tasted and few I’ve enjoyed. The spices really meld well without overpowering eachother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMackin (1) - - DEC 6, 2012 does not count
Pours an opaque dark brown with a light head. Big nose of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg with hints of roasted malts. Taste is very similar, with dark fruits and roasted character common with most Christmas ales I’ve had. A nice seasonal selection and a fitting if not unusual choice for the final enry of the Vertical Epic series, a series that can only be typified as unusual....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2192) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pours a deep umber black color with a two finger khaki foam that disappears instantly. On the nose Im getting gingerbread, burnt sugar and some yeasty goodness... lots of the same on the palate. Great silky mouthfeel with primary flavors being gingerbread, roasted malts and some light touches of citrus and dark fruit on the late palate as it leads into a brisk dry finish ! Perfect beer for the holidays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
I bought a bottle of 12.12.12 today and had to try it. This is very tasty beer. It pours dark brown with a generous tan head. The aroma and flavor are a complexity of spices. It goes down smoothly with a dry finish. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Day one release! Poured on draft at Stone Oceanside. Pours coffee black with thick brown head. Aromas of clove, nutmeg, dark fruits and cinnamon. Taste is dark roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, raisins, a little hoppy bitterness and subtle sugar sweetness. Finish is rather dry for how rich the beer is and has a lingering aftertaste.

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