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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1525) - Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Dark brown body and a creamy tan head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and licorice that finishes like Christmas spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (362) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3736) - 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (416) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (817) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Finally getting to this, ’cause, well, it’s a Belgian, isn’t it? Bottle, black beer, head the color of espresso crema. Aroma toasted malt, cloves, banana, dark fruit. Taste is banana and cloves, coffee, raisins, molasses. Palate smooth and rich, carbonation moderate. This is a bit like a Belgian stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1610) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit and funk aroma. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamon, licorice, molasses, burnt chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt orange peel, grain, pepper, allspice, vanilla, funk and earthy hop flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Cinnamon, clove, ginger, pepper, coffee and burnt chocolate finish. A lot going on here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. It poured a black color with an off-white head. The aroma was of gingerbread, some maple, vanilla and wood. The taste was similar to the aroma with more gingerbread, chocolate malts, maple and wood. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.5 A: Black color. Small frothy light brown head. 4.5 S: Wonderfully spicy. Loads of cinnamon, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. Smooth chocolatety base with caramel, peel, and light malty backbone. Light roast. 4.0 T: Same as nose. 4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Lightly creamy. 4.0 D: Very tasty. Best of the night. ★ 591 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle, SX Bottle Share, 05/01/2016. Beige lacing. Opaque chocolate. Huge chocolate, Christmas cake, leather, vanilla. Taste is Galaxy chocolate, smoke, leather. Velvet. Cinnamon. Tar. Motor oil. Creme.


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