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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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…


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1796) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1790) - Hallsberg, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1778) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1754) - Raleigh, 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1751) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1740) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle. The end. A: Opaque black with a thin brown head. Sticks to the side of the glass. N: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chili pepper, molasses allspice, and pumpkin. To call this Christmas in a bottle might make it sound better than it is, but it’s apt. T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of flavor, but they’re not what I’d call good - in fact it’s more of a massive overload. M: Thick and dry. Medium bodied. O: This is my least favorite by far. There’s just too much going on here, and it never comes together - it’s the throw everything into the kettle approach which I don’t much like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzuriel (1722) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
12.12.12 bought on 12/12/12 at Weiland’s in Columbus Ohio. Quite unexpectedly pours a rich chocolate brown with very little head into a snifter glass. Nose is sweet with cinnamon and a hint of molasses and clove. Taste is quite dry but in a refreshing way. presence of cedar and citrus aspects of hop. Body is lively. finish is just a hint of good bitters. interesting beer that is not typical of the style but good none the less.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1713) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
22oz bottle The Epic poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small brown head. This is a very different ale. The nose picks up cloves and cinnamon. The ale is medium bodied with soft carbonation. There are flavors of caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. I also noted some dark chocolate. The finish lingers in your mouth with the dominate cloves. This is definitely an interesting beverage, but the spices obscure beer like flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1708) - 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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