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RATINGS: 632   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…


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (645) - - MAR 16, 2014
2012 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick cinnamon tan head. Smell is allspice, cinnamon and slightly herbaceous. Taste is allspice, cinnamon, chocolate, some dark fruits and herbal bitterness at the end. Spices take the main stage. Full mouthful with a dry, tannic feeling at the end. Very stout-like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Stout-like in many ways! Very dark. There’s notes like bubblegum amid the spice, and I get a decent amount of clove in the aroma. Solid palate, not particularly sweet. Good balance, and a nice finish to the vertical epic series. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1343) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Rated 3/14/14. Bottle. Pours ink black. Small creamy brown head, partly lasting with good lace. Aroma features spices as described, along with some roastiness, molasses, fudge. Lighter full body. Spicy, soft sweetness, leading to earthy, dry hoppiness, ash, leading to chocolatey roasty. Alcohol warming in the chest. Finish is light mild bitter, spiced, semi dry, some unintrusive alcohol. Awesome complexity. Amazing how much flavor there is here. Some of the spice ’whomp’ has probably been subdued over the last year plus. Really need to take your time with it to truly appreciate it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (593) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Slightly smells like a baking muffin. Strong spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Medium body taste, starts off a little sweet, spices, but ends a little more roasty,drier. The spices sweetness lingers in the background though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigbish (552) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Lots of roasted notes with a dry finish. Nice amount of bitterness, not too much. Well balanced. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
22 oz poured into tulip. Very dark brown body with two finger khaki head. Smells bit of alcohol, dark fruit, nutmeg and dominant allspice. Tastes very similar with bit of roast malt and burn from the alcohol and spices. Medium mouthfeel with smooth, dry bitter finish. Not a bad beer, very warming! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayorOfSudz (44) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Nice cinnamon orange zest at the beginning. Good wintry spices, and the dryness prevents it from getting too deep/rich or boozy. A hint of minty chocolate towards the end. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3623) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle shared with Vincent . Pours black, good grey head Smells like ’speculaas ’ , bit coffee , cloves, ... Taste is pretty sweet , bit bitter, very spiced . some earth . Very full taste, yet not over the top Taste is definetly better than the smell .

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Had back in 2012. Don’t remember this one being too standoutish, but I do remember the nose catching my attention heavily. As a finish to the Epic Series, it wasn’t as banger as I wanted it to be, I really think 10/10/10 was the ish as far as I’m concerned!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Black with tan head. Malty nose and sweet. Big flavor, clear dark fruit undertones hint of roast. Alcohol is evident. Fruit profile very interesting.


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