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RATINGS: 669   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…


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque dark brown color. There was a huge tan head on it that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. The nose is interesting. There are a lot of spices in there. Allspice, cinnamon, faint ginger clove and orange. While they aren’t overpowering on their own, they seem to be keeping any malts and hops hidden. Interesting taste. Pretty fair amount of spices mingling together, along with some chocolate. There is some bitterness coming through, as well as some fruits in the finish. A very interesting brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (2084) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2039) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2034) - 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 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1986) - 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

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 (1985) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1981) - 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


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