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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 663   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thetmaxx (896) - 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,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) looks really nice, deep brown, creamy Tan head that lasts. Nose is super super clove heavy, allspice, holiday spices, light chocolate, like a floor cleaner of potpourri. Taste is just horrible. Like drinking chocolate clove water. All clove, allspice, dark chocolate, creamy palate but the clove is so strong it’s hard to like. Rough. The description says "just a little!" Clove, but I’m sort of wondering if that’s marketing for "oh damnit, that 40lb bag of clove wasn’t supposed to end up there."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Poured thick and black very little head. Aroma was lots of spices, nutmeg & cinnamon mainly. Taste was of a dark ale with spices. Thick palate. Overall, not my favorite of the verticals but it fits the series well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1184) - 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 (1375) - 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 (2778) - 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 (1591) - 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

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