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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Tap. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex dark spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a smooth complex standout beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rlgk (10085) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
Bomber from Systembolaget, thanks to Dazz3. Dark brown beer with a quite rich beige head. Heavy cinnamon and soap aroma, clove, malty, vanilla notes. Spicy flavor, cinnamon, clove, ginger, soapy notes. This beer is more or less destroyed by all the spices. Why?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 21, 2013
Deutlich malziger Antrunk mit zu trockenen Gewürznoten. Sehr trocken, disharmonisch. Bitter werdend, erdig, etwas schokoladig. 11/9/8/8//8

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft on 12/12/12. Hazy brown color. Aroma of herbs and coffee grounds. Taste is a jumble of an off mix of herbs, plus some brown bread.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9514) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, carmel and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, roastiness and dark chocolate with a smooth dry lingering roasty spiced finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9438) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy and pillowy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is clove, star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices with chocolate and roast malt with light licorice notes. Flavor is heavy spices with moderate dark malt and fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical. Poured a black color with an off white head. Dark fruits, spices, ginger, citrus, and fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8269) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Good head retention. Lots of candy banana coming from the glass. Also caramel malts, citrus, spice. an herbal note and a faint touch of umami. The taste is intense herbal notes, caramel, bread, treacle, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Solid beer.


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