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RATINGS: 619   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…


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1242) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1241) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Brass Tap Trinity. Pours a dark chocolate brownish black with a tan head. Upper head forms sudsy lacing ring around the top of the glass while the rest of the head subdivides into smaller islands throughout the surface. Aroma packs a wallop of a punch of spices headlines by clove and cinnamon. Flavor is pretty unique but the spices start to overpower the finish towards the end. Still a fairly enjoyable beer though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1239) - Atlanta, Georgia, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1222) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1210) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
A - pours opaque black brown with low espresso head. S - cinnamon, cloves and a lot of nutmeg. Tangy raw cacao, chalky chocolate, espresso. Notes of vegetal matter and licorice. M - tangy medium bodied. Tangy to a sweet sticky end. T - cloves cinnamon and nutmeg nutmeg up front. Tangy ginger snaps, raw cacao, espresso and earthy vegetal malts in the palate. Lingering bitter grassy vegetal malts. O - interesting spiced holiday brew. 3.9 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1197) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Wow what an appearance. Thick brown foam that lasts forever. Nice lacing. Not very aromatic. Creamy and bitter. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1170) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at Driftwood. Pours black with a thick caramel head. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, slight smoke, and cloves. Flavor is of malts, cloves, chocolate, yeast, and booziness. Full bodied. Leaves a bitter sweet malt, chocolate, and clove finish. Unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle from AJ’s in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside 11-11-11 and the red wine barrel version of 11-11-11 at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours deep black with a medium tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose it has huge notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Notes of orange peel, coffee and tobacco come through as well. The flavour is lightly sweet with espresso, chocolate and Christmas spice from the nose. The finish is long and spicy with big allspice, nutmeg and cloves, with other notes from the nose. On the palate it is full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice Christmas-spicy dark ale, complex and balanced. A great send off to a great series! 2014-06-07

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
The pour is a very dark color with red highlights and a moderately full, tan, dense, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is like opening a baking spice rack; allspice, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc., etc., some banana, and some toasty and spicy notes. The flavor is similar to begin with the nutmeg, toasted caramel, clove, toffee, but dry earthy, minerally notes dry out the flavor like eating dry spices; a bit hard to get used to for the style. The palate is decent for the beer despite the dryness; less than lively, more than moderate, velvety, and coating. The finish bone dry, still caramelly, dry spices, spicy cinnamon, and a rare lingering bitterness. I don’t know where to begin with this one, totally different from anything you will try in this style, but that is Stone’s thing. The spicing was overwhelming and over the top but only became overbearing by the dryness of the finish. Different and unusual but not Stone’s best work.


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