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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
0.6l bottle brought home from Cask Pub & Kitchen. It’s super super oily and what can only be described as tar black on the pour. It also has a nice medium sized dark brown head on top of this ridiculously black body. It’s really spicy on the nose, something that works really well now on this day before Christmas. I get lots of cloves and lavender, ginger and a tamarind fruit acidity. There is also a ongoing cinnamon aroma in the house today as I’m making skillingsboller, but i also find strong traces of it in the beer. A powerful spicy nose, but that’s nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the heavy flavors in the taste! Damn! Spices on steroids. It’s as thick and oily in the mouth as the pour suggested and it’s softly carbonated with small prickling bubbles on the tongue. Dark roasted ginger bread, almost burned with a ton of cloves, vanilla, pepper, fruit bread and allspice. So much things going on here that I know that this bottle will last for quite some time. Glad I finally got a chance to try the epic series. Wouldn’t mind doing that again, but this is already somewhat over the top IMO. 23.12.2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7107) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s mid December 2012. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor have cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, caramel, a hint of citrus and dark fruits. The ginger comes in at the finish, but is very mild. Medium bodied, was ready to drink immediately and s decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brentv (501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2014
Huh. I like so many styles of beer, but this one is a disappointment to me. From the bomber, pours an opaque stout black with a beige head and huge amounts of lacing. Aroma is strongly spiced. Taste is rich and complex, with a slightly bitter finish. The spices kill it for me, though, and I won’t be finishing the glass, let alone the bottle. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. An interesting beer, but one I don’t want to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (432) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
2014/04/15 - Pours an opaque black colour with a large, frothy, tan head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, gingerbread, all spice and mild molasses. Taste follows nose; pumpkin spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), gingerbread, clove, molasses and some mild roast and wood notes. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and oily, with lively, carbonation and a bitter/sweet drying finish. Really enjoyed this one. Has a real pumpkin stout quality to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber. Pours opaque coffee with thin off white head. Smells of gingerbread, maple, vanilla, and wood. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Tastes of gingerbread, chocolate malt, maple, and slight wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukedarock (245) - Howell, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
Not too shabby for this style, im normally not a big fan of belgium strongs but its easy goin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1338) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
22oz bomber pours a dark brown with a tan khaki head. Cinnamon licorice in clove taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7350) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bomber. Pours a very dark stout like color, black with a medium creamy brown head. A nose of spices, anise, clove. The flavor is nutmeg, sweet spices, some banana, no real roast, watermelon, a bit of charred wood. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vicg12 (17) - - MAR 28, 2014
Not impressed with this offering from Stone. Must be said that the beer is getting pretty old now, but I saw it on the shelf at a local brew store so I had to give it a try. The pour is beautiful, beer is very dark and puts off a rich chocolate color head; leaves a decent lace. The smell smacks you in the face with an aroma of cinnamon, allspice and another spice I can’t put my finger on. The taste is what you would expect from the smell with a strong presence of cinnamon and allspice with an after-note of cloves, but the most predominate flavor is that of bitters! In my opinion this is not a good flavor for a beer. It just takes away from the fact that you are actually drinking a really well brewed beer. You concentrate on this overpowering spice pallet that leaves you forgetting that this taste is actually coming from a beer. Really complex flavor and I appreciate what they were trying to accomplish here, just not my cup of tea. Worst beer I have had from Stone. If I wanted to drink bitters I would have ordered a Prohibition style cocktail, so please, keep it out of my beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2014
A vast array of flavors! Lots of prunes, dates and licorice on the nose. The clove is very present in the taste, as well as the ginger and cinnamon. A work or art!!!

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