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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 652   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6119) - 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 (8006) - 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 (4917) - 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 (6288) - 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 (5001) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (878) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2505) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (903) - 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.

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