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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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…

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1670) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Love it when a beer surprises me, and this one did due to its uniqueness. The clove is upfront from beginning to end. Nice alcohol feel to it. A Belgian style dark ale that had flavors that aren’t typical for the style. Interesting for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1640) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1615) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a full tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is clearly ginger and a host of other spices. Taste is semi-sweet roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Pretty busy, to say the least. Not especially bitter, except for that derived from the roasted grain. Another damned good Vertical!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bomber. Nice cinnamon and clove aromas. Deep brown. Lots of spice notes that ended up a bit hot for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
On tap at Summit’s. Dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is cereals, caramel, cinnamon, and dates. Sweet, with a very dry finish. Medium to heavy body, velvety, grainy, and astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer; thick, dry, and fairly difficult to drink, but tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1581) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Nose of cinnamon, and dark fruit. Pours a deep dark brown with mostly diminishing tan head and minor lacing. Tastes of cinnamon, allspice, with some bitterness on the finish. Cinnamon lingers on the aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, the spices are not overpowering and therefore the beer can be enjoyed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1578) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle with almost 2 years on it now. Deep brown black-wasn’t expecting that at all with nice looking coffee crema ring. Aroma of nutmeg, cloves, Christmas/pumpkin spices. Taste is spice heavy, but actually well balanced-too much for my personal tastes but not over the top. Creamy mouth feel. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark black with a nice, tan head. Vanilla and ginger aroma. Really nice. Licorice flavor with a sense of hops. Really complex but a great balance. Tastes like a Christmas Ale. Really good for it being the last one.

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