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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 652   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1816) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
A thin head on a pitch black body. The aroma is loaded with black pepper, dark fruits, molasses and caramel. Amazing. The taste is dark... molasses sweetness, black licorice, plum and grapefruit bitterness. Quite complex with some bold flavors. The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and a heavier body. It’s a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1815) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Rated 3/14/14. Bottle. Pours ink black. Small creamy brown head, partly lasting with good lace. Aroma features spices as described, along with some roastiness, molasses, fudge. Lighter full body. Spicy, soft sweetness, leading to earthy, dry hoppiness, ash, leading to chocolatey roasty. Alcohol warming in the chest. Finish is light mild bitter, spiced, semi dry, some unintrusive alcohol. Awesome complexity. Amazing how much flavor there is here. Some of the spice ’whomp’ has probably been subdued over the last year plus. Really need to take your time with it to truly appreciate it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle from back in the day. Poured black with tan head. Aroma rich dark fruit licorice. Light carb med bod. Light bitter choc light fruit. Better then I thought

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1805) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
12 oz bottle, rated 07-11 before this- Pours pitch black with a huge mocha colored head, beautiful beer! Aroma is unusual, ginger is huge, chilies are there, regardless of what my mates say, bastards! I get a floral note, very complex and very nice. Taste is ginger again, it imparts a dryness and complexity that is very unique, cinnamon and other spices are there and accounted for. I really enjoyed this beer, one of the best in the series!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Dk black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, some cinnamon. Taste is creamy, dry, clove, nutmeg, nice anf herbal. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1770) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 21, 2013
Appearance: Dark, dark brown, oily. Lots of tan head. Aroma: Dark malt, spices, roasted, sweetness, coffee. Prunes? Taste: Dark malt, coffee bitterness, roasted, chocolate. Nice! Info: 650ml bottle, 21/8-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1751) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours black with a brown head an aroma of spices and cloves. Taste is of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice with a bittersweet, long finish. Delicious beer, unique and great tasting for a Belgain

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark black.
  Aroma: Aroma of spice, wheat, , dark malt.
  Taste: Similar to the nose - wheat,spices - cinnamon, allspice, clove, dark malt.
    Palate:Medium body.

Summary: A nice finish to the VE series, this one seems very winter oriented which makes sense as most people are enjoying it now since the final release. Have one more bottle I’ll enjoy soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is black with a medium sized khaki head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and roast. Flavor is tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, belgian yeast, spice, roast, and dark fruit. Finish and aftertaste is cinnamon sticks and gingerbread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (1741) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2014
22 Oz bottle pour shared. What a great way to end a work day. Pours black with a swirly tan head. Really nice holiday like spices aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon, with no doubt. Flavor is consistent with the aroma. Very easy drinking spice flavor with a bit of raisin as well. So delicious. Loved it.

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