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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 669   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10262) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"I was semi-excited about this release going in. The VE series have (with a couple exceptions) been good, but not my favorite Stone beers, and I think the majority of the aged botles will be badly faded by now. So, I expected to split one bottle for a vertical and have one to myself, maybe a half. Then I poured it. Beautiful black liquid with a rather sizeable khaki head. Aroma of spices combined with chocolate, belgian fruity yeast and dry roasted malts is quite nice, and the flavor is nearly identical. Very decadent, and quite possibly my favorite bottle release in the Vertical Epic series. I’ll definitely down a couple more of these, though probably won’t bother aging any as it drinks really nice right now."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-22. Very dark brown black body, small beige head. 3++ Modest aroma is pleasant, subtle spice, whispers of nutmeg. 7+ Flavour is fairly strongly spiced as well, nutmeg and allspice are both fairly prominent, cloves, sweet malt core, quite bitter in the finish, lingering bitterness and spice. 7++ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I think I enjoy it more in small quantities as the spice is quite assertive. Bottle shared by Blankboy.

"Hey! You’re the unfriendly one, why are you licking my finger?"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Tap at Muddy Pig. Dark pour with a creamy tan head. Lots of gingerbread and molasses in this, sweet and spicy. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9611) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 First rating
1 pt 6 fl oz bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft. Sampled on March 1, 2013.
BB February 2015.
Black color with a tint of red at the bottom of the glass, dark brown head. Very spicy, cardamom, clove, citrus, gingerbread scent. Spicy, ginger, clove taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Cardamom aftertaste.
Loads of spices, feels like a Christmas beer to me, I like it!

Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
BB feb 2015.
Black color, very dark brown head, minute lacings. Chocolate, raisin, spicy, cookies scent, alcohol as well. Bitter (like floral stems), alcohol, some raisin, bitter cocoa/dark chocolate taste, also spicy. Burnt, roasted, spicy aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to slight fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Lots of X-mas spices as well.
Enjoyed this more fresh for sure, leaving score from first rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9581) - 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.

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