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RATINGS: 642   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma has lots of ginger, clove, allspice, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits, and a slight hint of toffee and earthy tones. Taste is a bit overspiced, some nice sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit, leading into spicy ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon, some slight banana, finishing spicy and slightly sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7995) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a minute shade off of a black hued body with a nice, retentive medium brown head that leaved good lace. Aromas are of spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, toasted bread, mild Belgian yeast. Ginger bread, estery, vanilla, mildly floral. Pastries, a touch of chocolate, but no real roast character. Flavors are a bit ashy, wooden, roasty, cigarette butts. Dry, bitter, slightly vegetal and astringent spice (not quite as badly as I’m making it sound). Pretty dry, clove, raisins, dark fruit, leather. Medium allspice and low nutmeg. Earthy. Mildly warming, but the alcohol isn’t at all distracting. Slightly confused and a bit overly spiced. Medium carbonation (high 2.5s), slightly fuller body with a dry finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown-colored with a beige head. Aroma of winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and more), malt, caramel and some vegetal notes. Sweetish flavor of malt, caramel, candi sugar, spices, a bit of alcohol and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Really not my thing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7540) - 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
BVery (7470) - Burnsville, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7395) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7248) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
65 cl bottle.
Pours copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very interesting and overwhelming with spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger, some dark malts, yeast and ripe fruits also. Tastes like liquid ginger biscuit, some ripe fruits and caramel malts also, yeast and orange peel. Leaves a lingering spicy layer after. Very nice, especially on the nose.
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7244) - 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.


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