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RATINGS: 644   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1632) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2013
Dark brown with a wink of toffee brown head. Whirlwind of well plugged spice and over ripened banana. Fairly overpowering roast clove from the get go, not what I was expecting at all. Decent enough level of sweetness but was already adrift with a palate sapping ginger vibe that didn’t really pick back up. Quite tarry finish, no sweetness peaking through which is what I was hoping for.

Bottle, Deeblo Doesn’t Rate Tasting, Edinburgh

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1623) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2013
Aroma av juletid. Nejlika intryck i en apelsin. Pluspoäng för innovationen och kraften i aroman och smaken. Medium beska med liten eftersmak. Får bli att köpa en till och lagra den två år, så kommer den var ännu mer välbalanserad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1614) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1589) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1589) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1588) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours almost black with a frothy brown head reminiscent of an imperial stout. The aroma is heavy on the licorice with light dark fruits, ginger, and allspice. The taste is heavy on the spices (ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice). Some dark roasted malt leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Really unlike anything I can recall trying before and one of the better beers (if not the best) I have had in this series.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1580) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1579) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1578) - 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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