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RATINGS: 665   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…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1682) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark opaque amber with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of nutmeg and what definitely hints toward Old Bay or some other spice. Taste of spice, earth, and wood.

3.3
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tia (1664) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 Bottle @ RG 21. Very dark. Smells spicy and dry/sweet. Lots of metallic in the taste. Fairly light-bodied with some spice. original 3.2. Re-rate 7/15. Had this lurking in the fridge for a few years. Cleaning out, plus no palate fatigue. Still getting some spice maybe allspice or clove. Aged well. Reminds me of Xmas. Nice and complex. Nothing metallic this go ’ round.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1663) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle to flute Clove aroma is strong, cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg. Inky black with a thin, tan like ringed head. Taste is chocolatey and spicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1659) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Slightly sweet aroma with heavy spicing noticeable (clove, cinnamon, ginger). Pours an opaque black, with a huge tan head. The flavor is very similar to the many Christmas beers out, heavy spicing, a touch of roast, and a full body. This is quite a tasty beer, and I believe it will hold up well. Now is the time to set up the tasting with all of the beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1649) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit and funk aroma. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamon, licorice, molasses, burnt chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt orange peel, grain, pepper, allspice, vanilla, funk and earthy hop flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Cinnamon, clove, ginger, pepper, coffee and burnt chocolate finish. A lot going on here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1625) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1612) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1608) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Near black with a dense tan head. Aroma is the list of spices with a good dose of orange and molasses. Almost like a spice cake. Taste is very similar but not quite as sweet as the aroma. Full body. Very soft carbonation.


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