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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a massive surprise. Pours our thick black and dark tan head. The abundance of spices leap out. Flavors of cinnamon and allspice, balanced handily with rich roasted malts and chocolate, plus a healthy dose of hops. The best way that I could describe this is as an imperial pumpkin/spice stout. Freaking delicious and dangerously drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1418) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1414) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a nicely sized tan head. Aroma is a traffic jam of spices with clove (although lighter than prior vertical epics) and a sharp, herbal bitterness. Taste a ton of spices including cinamon, pepper, licorice, anise), tobacco, minimal sweetness, and a lingering bitterness. Yeast character in the taste is minimal. Clean, relatively dry mouthfeel. Aggressive and over the top at the moment I think this beer will drink better in a few years.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thorongil2 (1410) - , 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1406) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with a slight tan head that fades to a halo. Aroma is very christmas spicy. Overall kind of a typical christmas ale, which is typical with the latest Vertical Epics. the booze definitely comes through on this one with a slight burn on the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1392) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and it’s fairly interesting, not that it’s my favorite but I haven’t had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
22 oz. bottle. A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy mocha head. The aroma features plenty of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange zest, caramel maltiness, and touches of zesty citrus way off in the background. Medium to full-bodied on the way down. A remarkable taste of fresh gingersnap cookies! Caramel maltiness upfront taste-wise. Molasses. Plenty of cloves and cinnamon follow. Kinda roasty. Touches of chocolate and smoke. The alcohol is well-hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1391) - 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


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