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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 669   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…

cooplander's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
black/dark brown color, aroma of cinnamon and other spices, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, same flavors with some Belgian spice, clove, roasted malt, interesting beer, worth a try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1242) - ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2016
Dark brown, almost black with some beige bubbles on top. Aroma has some christmas spices, gingerbread and cinnamon. Tastes also very Christmasy - or should I say that even feels a bit like a pumpkin beer, although its not. Insane amount of spices in a strong dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2016
Medium dark brown color. Someone dumped the spice rack into this with tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (3186) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Aroma is mainly spice with a little Licorice and molasses hint of malt. Flavor is similar to nose but with toasted malts coming out to balance the heavy spices but it’s not very effective. It’s okay but it’s one of my least favorites Stone beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olsvammel (6293) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very spicy with cinnamon and some other spices I relate to christmas. Some dark malts. Similar taste, very strong. Christmasy. Too much spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (469) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Black color. Chocolate aromas, cinnamon and ginger. Chocoalte tasting, oranges, yeast, ginger... almost like gingerbread. Well balanced finish, sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1645) - Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Dark brown body and a creamy tan head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and licorice that finishes like Christmas spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (457) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours pitch black with a one finger foam. N: fun stuff. Nutmeg, orange peel, cloves all very christmas. T: clove forward, still all the other stuff emerges. Very good indeed. Aftertaste is very christmas spice. Very good way to finish the epic vertical. Loving the cloves even though they are a bit over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3758) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a brown foamy head. An aroma of spice hell! Lots of cinnamon, cloves, nut meg and a lot of other spices. A flavor of oranger, ginger, nut meg, cloves, cinnamon and danish christmas cookies.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (429) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle poured used oil black with a thick tan head and oily lacing. Aromas of cocoa, spice, vanilla, liquorice, roasted malt, lactose, and hints of coffee. Flavor is sweet forward with smooth cocoa bitter finish. Worth the wait.

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