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RATINGS: 647   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…


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1673) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, backlog. Dark, light brown head. Aroma: glögg and Christmas spices, pomerans, licorice. Taste: glögg spices, julmust, grapefruit, bitter, malty, fruity, syrup. Interesting to follow the VE series, but would probably not have this again if it was regularly available.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (1672) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2013
@ Havregatan. Glögg, kryddnejlika i apelsin och jul, jul, jul. Hade jag druckit den i december hade den förmodligen fått ett något högre betyg, men nu blev jag faktiskt lite besviken.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours deep brown, near black, some tan head. Spices, orange peel. Pretty booy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1670) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark ruby/black with a small beige head. Aroma is cloves, ginger, allspice. Medium bodied, spicy on the palate. Taste is cloves, cloves, more cloves, a little gingerbread. A little over the tip with the cloves.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1651) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1650) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Cinnamon and nutmeg this is the beer you are drinking. Stone always ensures good mouthfeel. But the rest is cinnamon and nutmeg. Not my thing but the best version out there. Sweet with a tea flavor. I can't say it's bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1648) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the last week of the NFL regular season watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a robust dark tan head that is slightly bubbly. Aroma has a lot going on, notes of chocolate, cinnamon, Belgian ale yeast, flower pedals, ginger, roasted malt, and raisins. Smells outstanding and rich but delicate. Taste goes down nice and smooth and retains the complexity found in the aroma, with the addition of nutmeg. It also packs a punch without being abrasive. Really great brew to round out this great series.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1644) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a creamy head.
Aroma: Pumpkin spice medley of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Taste: Slightly bitter with lots of spices and some cocoa.
Palate: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: This is okay, but too spiced.


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