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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 617   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1951) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
A nice black body with a tan head that had beautiful lacing. Aroma had a strong dark, dried fruit presence upfront. There were notes of bread and banana. Some spices and a slight citrus note to it. There was a hint of sweetness to it too. Flavor had strong raisin flavors initially malts were bread like but there was a slight toasted element. Alcohol was a warming presence through out. The carbonation seemed restrained and the beer drank very smooth. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bconch (290) - - FEB 1, 2014
Deep brown color. Cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Taste is lots of cinnamon with a lot of layers of flavor. Finish is dry with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
_angst_ (2799) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle bought @ systembolaget. Pours hazy blackish brown with a frothy blackish beige head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is heavy spicy with roasted malts, raisin brans, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, lemon peal, burnt wood, alcohol, overripe apples and dark bread. Taste is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, caramelized apples, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peal, lemon peal, shichuan pepper, black pepper corns, burnt wood and hints of cardamon spiced dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is round, soft, heavy spicy astringent and medium bodied. finish is bitter and heavy spicy with roasted malts, coffee, mixed christmas spices, burnt wood, hay, orange peal and soot. Way way way too spicy for me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating The Final Chapter of the Verical Epic Series And review # 200 P: Deep black abyss with foamy dark head. S: Christmas time...Allspice, Chinese 5 spice, fruity banana esters, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon. T/M: Intense cinnamon, mace, dark roasted coffe, nutmeg, allspice and bananas. Citrus bitterness, roasted dry malts, and a super dry molasses finish. Body is full, not overly sweet and great prickly carbonation. O: A super bold and intense flavorful beer to end the 11 year series. What a tremendous ride I took tasting all these terrific beers. This is a surely fantastic was to end the final chapter. I grabbed another bottle to enjoy later. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vlan1 (198) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Pours black with a tan/beige head. Nose of Cinnamon and Ginger. Taste? Holy Spice Rack batman. Way to much allspice and clove. Sweet malty base but way to much clove going on for it to be drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NeoHippie2 (1015) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark brown/black pour with a small beige head. This is a spice bomb, tons of clove, anise, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is similar but drier than you might expect. This was my least favorite in the series, just spice overload. The roasted malts come out in the finish which is a little bitter. This one needs a few more years in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nakedwhendrunk (2184) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a dark black body yielding a one finger tan foamy head, light slightly foamy lacing. The smell is an extremely powerful spicy/sweet aromas Ive ever smelled in any beers - clove, ginger, allspice to the chocolate, malt, and sugar, if this isnt complex, then nothing is. The taste is mainly sweet becomes spicy through all previously mentioned flavors. The palate is about a medium to almost heavy, eh - sessionable - maybe - perhaps, chocolatey aftertaste, smooth finish. Overall, wow, I wasn’t expecting this beer to be this good, very complex in all aspects - perhaps had it at the right time, I would have this one again in a heartbeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Could not place the aroma except for soapy until I read their description and it talked of how little clove they use and that was it ... blech. Nearly black body with a nice thick medium brown head. Initial flavor impression was of root beer ... until I saw the clove and that was it. Not a fan, but they’ve built more than enough good will!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Better than 11 VE Ale, but come on, enough with the spice for Pete’s sake. Interesting, complex, yes, but the Christmas pudding like flavor is just too much for me.

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