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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Dk black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, some cinnamon. Taste is creamy, dry, clove, nutmeg, nice anf herbal. Nice lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Ink black pour, massive tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is chocolate, fruity esters, cinnamon, clove, spice, roast. Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, roast. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, spicy finish. Odd beer; enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1820) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1815) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1797) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1791) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1784) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle to glass. Massive spices of pumpkin pie with slight floral. Black with a brown head that lingers. Spices slightly more restrained in the flavor with malt backbone in support. Bitter finish and some bready yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - 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.


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