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RATINGS: 657   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (3490) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to Richthevillan at tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of mulled wine, marmite, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is licorice, coffee, spices, prunes and some earthy notes. Medium bodied and a little oily. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (5462) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from an International Trade; dark brown pour with a frothy tan head, fruity aroma, loads of Christmas spices in the taste cinnamon, nutmeg, some plain chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, very complex rewarding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head that leaves small amount of lacing. Aroma is complex, all notes within context of Belgian yeast. Cloves, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and cloves. Flavor is same with a sweet spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice to try once, best to share multiple ways. 7 3 6 3 12 = 3.1 Re-rated 7.19.14, Christiansburg, VA 22 oz bottle. Pours a barely translucent dark brown/near black with light barely passing as burgundy hues on glass. Aroma is mild, with notes of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and cocoa powder, all in the context of Belgian yeast. Flavor is round and well-aged, especially after nearly two years. Belgian ale yeast frames the cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg spice profile, with a muted presence of bittersweet chocolate syrup. This beer has finally come into its own; it only took 2 years! Medium bodied, full carbonation, pleasantly sweet chocolate and spicy finish. Another great offering from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Usually not a HUGE fan of Belgian Strong’s, but this is a very good beer that is fairly easy to locate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle from AJ’s in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside 11-11-11 and the red wine barrel version of 11-11-11 at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours deep black with a medium tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose it has huge notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Notes of orange peel, coffee and tobacco come through as well. The flavour is lightly sweet with espresso, chocolate and Christmas spice from the nose. The finish is long and spicy with big allspice, nutmeg and cloves, with other notes from the nose. On the palate it is full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice Christmas-spicy dark ale, complex and balanced. A great send off to a great series! 2014-06-07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (336) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2014
22 oz bottle purchased at Julio’s back in the day. It looks like a stout. Dark brown / black with a thin layer of white head. Aroma is lots of spice, cinnamon, all spice and ginger with a light roasted malt tone.<br
Flavor is much like the aroma with some earthy malt, hints of roast and burnt grain. Has an i tense amount of spice that is kind of distracting after about 5 oz. this has a lot going on in flavor but not in a good way. The spices are so overwhelming it makes it unbalanced, the yeast and roasted character are lost in the large amount of spice. Too bad because it had a promising aroma, falls flat in flavor, overly spiced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tstamba (623) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours an opaque black with tan head and ample lacing. There is a lot going on here. Loads of spice... Cinnamon, all spice, clove blending with toasty malts and hints of caramel... All of that dancing around in your mouth like Thanksgiving and Christmas together... Very unique and memorable ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3604) - 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 (7744) - 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.

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