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RATINGS: 610   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…


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with spice and yeast. Light cocoa throughout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12oz bomber pours very dark with a lasting mocha colored head of foam. The aroma seems modest in strength offering up various winter spices as well as to a lesser extent malt and candi sugar like sweetness. Man! The taste is vibrant and bold with various spicy notes and Belgian candi sugar and then it turns into a mix of maybe ginger and cinnamon to midway. The brash spiciness seems like it will be off-putting but the sweetness and candi sugar sensation somehow manage to keep this thing from coming apart at the seams. At times it seems to be pushing me away but then it pulls me right back. I’m liking this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to Nick at CP&K. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is smoke, bonfire, earth, spice (particularly cinnamon), treacle, touch of soy sauce and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty spicy, earth, wood, earth, touch of bitter chocolate, soy sauce, decent bitterness, warming alcohol, roasted malt and toast with a dry, spicy finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but ultimately I don’t find it that drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark brown, generous head. Spicy chocolate, lightly yeasty, spicy bitterness. I was initially surprised to find no heat, but I see now that peppers were left out of the equation for this one. Another solid special release by Stone, and yet more proof that they are capable of making something other than a bitter bomb. Loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck. Pours a deep black with a medium to thick tanned beige head. Soft toast and roast, sweet spices, nothing overpowering. Smells a bit of a holiday or winter spiced beer, cool and smooth. Medium bodied, warming initially, sweet roast and a touch of minerally spices. Very interesting and not what I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised. A touch minty, nice spices and bitter bakers cocoa. Remarkably well balanced, nothing stands out in any distracting way. Long soft dark chocolate with a touch of spice. Never hot and boozy. Really liked this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours near black with a thin tan head and a strange spicy aroma - cloves or ginger. There is a delicious dark molasses and raisin flavor with lots of ginger and a dry finish. Very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub on the 12/12/12 release. Good timing! Pours a deep brown color with a dark tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, adn dark fruits. The flavor is the same. Some ginger, maybe. A little citrus in the back. More maltiness than I am giving it credit for, though. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel. Really nice. Maybe my favorite of this series.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap. Very dark red / brown color. Good light brown head, leaves some decent lace. Nice cinnamon nose, some tobacco and herbs. Awesome spice flavor - incense, clove. Hint of orange. Light, smooth carbonation. Body on the bigger side, but not one bit syrupy, more dry, though kind of creamy. Cinnamon and allspice aftertaste. Taste is a balance of light sweet, bitter and savory. Alcohol is not noticeable. Very tasty and easy to drink for 9.4%. Awesome beer fresh, smooth now, but tastes like it’ll get even smoother with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, burnt caramel, and molasses. Flavour of burnt molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and some slight nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Very ful-bodied and dominated by the burnt molasses and caramel. Surprisingly delicious stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Super dark, black, huge frothy brownish head, sticky lacing.   Strong spicy nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.   Seems like an Autumn like spiced ale to me, which I do absolutely love.   Oh... but on the tongue its not as sweet as I smelled.   Reminds me a bit of smoked salmon with heavy yet dull ginger snaps.   This is a weird one... okay, the aroma was nice, but on the tongue its making me rethink physics and holiday baking.   Spicy, but lacks sweetness to balance it out.   It really is an astringent Ginger Snap cookie.   Yikes!   Not as heavy or thick as I thought, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as sweet or smooth as I expected for a Belgian Strong.   This is like the Christmas Cookie that wont say no.   Christ, go away already!   I don’t want another, I have tasted enough of your shrubby/tree like smarmy attitude.   Your sister is likely much sweeter, but you pissed her off and she is no where to be found.   I am sad, and I will give you the score of someone who has no other cookie friends.   You are alone, alienated, and making children angry in your lack of sweetness and attitude towards traditional yummy cookies.   Go f*ck yourself 12-12-12, you are like a Christmas nightmare that comes true.



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