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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 628   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigbish (547) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MayorOfSudz (43) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3557) - 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 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1728) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (958) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. powdery cocoa and doughy if not sweetish chocolate malts, booze, intensely spicy - loads of cinnamon, tingling ginger, mint - cakey, pine, resin and grass. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, sticky, slightly harsh spicy-piney finish. thankfully, i have only tasted the last batch of swill under the vertical epic portfolio - and won’t be tasting some more ever again. DP - for all five that we were.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6439) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
650 ml bottle. Thanks roopy.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is really spicy with gingerbread, peppery spiciness, some lovely floral notes and citrus. Rich flavour of chocolate malts, nutmeg, gingerbread, mild citrusy notes, tangy citrus, floral notes and earthy peppery notes. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a spicy, malty, peppery finish. Delightful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home. Thanks roopy brothersfather!
Aroma has lots of spices and rosehip. Also some roasted tones in the background. Flavour is sweetish with fruity tones, spices, rosehip and some pepper. Also some licorice root and hints of dark chocolate. Intresting stuff, I cannot really tell if this is too spicy or not. Reminds me of Stone’s version of Special Holiday Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6401) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
65 cl bottle.
Pours copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very interesting and overwhelming with spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger, some dark malts, yeast and ripe fruits also. Tastes like liquid ginger biscuit, some ripe fruits and caramel malts also, yeast and orange peel. Leaves a lingering spicy layer after. Very nice, especially on the nose.

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