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RATINGS: 657   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…


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1584) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1572) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Beautiful black pour, brown head. Holy shit, the nose. Aroma of prunes, chocolate, spices, yeast, mint and ginger snaps. Flavor of ginger snaps, prunes, dark fruit, roastiness, chocolate and alcohol, with a big minty start and a spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1570) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle via SL... Pours a dark black color....wasnt expecting that at all. Decent little head. Strong lacing left on the glass. Nose of spices... smells like a pumpkin stout. Lots nutmeg, cinnamon. Tasty... if this came out around Fall I would be all over it. Medium body, average carbonation level. Alcohol hidden well. Overall: Enjoyable...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle. Near black pour, slight tan head. Smells great, tons of spices but none dominating. Cinnamon and ginger mostly with some citrus and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is smooth and balanced - spiced but not overpowering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Absolutely wonder Belgian ale. Super dark malty base that is not super carbonated and not sweet at all. By itself this makes the ale great. But the spices -- wow! I'm definitely picking up cardamom and cinnamon, and somehow they all work together to elevate the beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stefannilssons (1561) - SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2013
De här ’epic’ ölen som man lyckats lägga vantarna på ibland har alltid vara positiva upplevelser, oavsett om det handlat om smak eller innovation/nyskapande. Men här blev jag faktiskt besviken, även om det här faktiskt inte var en dålig eller mindre välsmakande öl. Smaken kraftfull med toner av nejlika, belgisk jästkultur och andra kryddor, dock bör det påpekas att det var nejlikan som gick i första, andra och tredje ledet.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A - Pours a dark black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugar, lots of spices including allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, with a bit of citrus peel, Belgian yeast, and some booze. T - Starts out with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with a touch of chocolate and some dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon, and some light citrus peel. Through the middle, some more spices come through with some clove, ginger, and herbs, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with lots of spices, dark fruits, some citrus peels, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, sweet, and spicy finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice big BSDA but just a touch too spice heavy. Good complexity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1553) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Opaque, dark, dark brown with a bubbly tan head and excellent lace. Dark fruit aromas dominate, accompanied by alcohol, Belgian yeasts, spices and chocolate. Flavors are similar, and feature a chewy bready malt sweetness, dark chocolate, spices and ripe plums. Medium body, tons of carbonation, soft and warming alcohol, and a pleasant fruit sweetness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottled 29NOV12 Pours opaque dark brown with a sheet of mocha foam. Smells really, really spicy. Nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, cloves (stronger than I had anticipated), some floral notes and it all comes together to smell like tee tree oil. Tastes sweet and spiced - the aforementioned collage comes into play, the malts are charred, sweet and accented with a classical belgian yeast character. Medium to full bodied with lighter carb, the beer has a really fine feel. This is an interesting beer, I think it falls into a well done example of the style. Serving type: bottle 12-15-2012

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1544) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pours a deep brown-black with a small tan head which fades to lacing on the edges. Aroma is of spice (cinnamon, cloves, and some ginger) roasted malts, banana, Belgian yeast, some some coffee notes. Taste is of roasted malts, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bitter orange peel. coco, coffee, and some Belgian yeast notes. Has a medium full body with slightly creamy mouthfeel and slightly spicy, slightly boozy finish. overall, a pretty nice Belgian Strong Ale and probably one of the better beers of the vertical epic series.


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