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RATINGS: 666   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…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
A nice black body with a tan head that had beautiful lacing. Aroma had a strong dark, dried fruit presence upfront. There were notes of bread and banana. Some spices and a slight citrus note to it. There was a hint of sweetness to it too. Flavor had strong raisin flavors initially malts were bread like but there was a slight toasted element. Alcohol was a warming presence through out. The carbonation seemed restrained and the beer drank very smooth. Really enjoyed this one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown/almost black pour, little ring of sporadic carbonation and an aroma of clove, pumpkin pie spices, bananas and plenty of ginger. Flavor is burnt sugar, heavy malt, herbs, very vegetal and roasted dark malt. WIsh this bottle was a 12 ouncer instead of a bomber.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, subtle oregano, and fennel. Black with a mostly fading, tan head. Flavors of coffee, soy, and cinnamon; dry, savory, and bitter. Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, and a dry, licorice-like finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1991) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
Aroma of crazy gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Pours deep brown with a good film. Taste is great with roast, dry rub rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. Great great vertical.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
pours dark brown with khaki head. Clove up front on the nose some chocolate. Taste is Christmas chocolate and clove some orange spice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1964) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a dark thick black color with a magnificent mocha head. Nose is cloves, floral and yeasty. Taste is spicy with bitter cloves and strong cinnamon flavor. carbonation medium with a heavy texture. Finish is yeasty and moderately long and ends with a myriad of " fall " spices. Complex, spectacular beer. Quaff Score 9 / 10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s Stone Event. Black with good, creamy, brown head / Bright, complex, somewhat delicate nose of baking spice, chocolate, and molasses / Medium to full body, a touch thin, malty and sweet, moderate hop balance, with lots of spice in the finish / Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, rosehip, orange peel, semisweet chocolate, and coffee / Not my taste, being a chocolate Christmas spice beer, and could have used a bigger body, but still well done.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 38°. Color is black with light carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma is Christmas spice with notes of ginger, allspice and dish soap. It has a medium body with a rich and sharp mouth feel. Flavor is a big punch of clove, nutmeg and ginger covered in cinnamon then an old stale apple taste shows. After taste is dry with the stale apple and cinnamon clinging on like tar. Overall this thing just sucks, one of the worst brews I have ever had. What a sad over spiced mess for the last Vertical Epic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1934) - 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.


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