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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…


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Sampled Ina bomber. Aged 11 months. A really nice malt brew with a big spicy malted base. So much flavor. A really nice brew

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle from Proof. Black pour with a creamy brown head. Big spice aroma at first with ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves with underlying dark fruits and chocolate. Sweet, chewy entry with dark fruits, leather followed by aforementioned spiced with chocolate and earth ending on a bitter, dry ashiness. Medium to full bodied and smooth carbonation. Just on the good side of spice level to make it very enjoyable for me. Pretty solid beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1690) - 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 (1681) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1678) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1678) - 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

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1669) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2013
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells and tastes smoky, cinnamon, roasted malt, abit bread, bitter with a smoth smoky roasted malt finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thorongil2 (1667) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1657) - 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.


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