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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 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1407) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bomber into snifter glass. Deep dark brown/black with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, licorice, clove and fruity Belgian yeast. Taste adds more spiciness (adding allspice, nutmeg and rosehips to aroma spices), some coffee, dark fruit, ending with a nice hop bite. Heavy body, average carbonation, rich, complex with a dry warm finish. It’s fun trying to figure out all the flavors, kind of a spices bomb. Overall very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mmmbeer (1392) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22 oz. botlle served in shaker- better late than never I guess. Poured a nontransparent black when held to a light source, darkened tan head formed with about a dozen frog eyes that bubbled and popped as the medium carbonation hit them. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon, darkened fruit, and hype. Hits the mouth with a medium body, spices hit you from the start, which makes the malt almost unnoticeable- the malt tastes like it was smoked, middle has some more spices, finish is just spicy with a bittering undertone. More or less a Christmas cookie in the glass- you might be into that kind of thing, and that’s fine, but I’m not. Hype. Yep, a shitload of hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Aged until opened on August 4, 2013. This brew, as soon as the bottle is tipped over, pours like oil and is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma hits you hard with a complex combination of clove, roasted malts, and gingerbread. The taste is mildly bitter, slightly sweet, and quite umami, and the palate combines a full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long, spice-filled finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Black pour. Aroma is all over the place: ginger, clove, maple, pancakes, Christmas, potpourri. Flavor is ginger, clove, cinnamon, with a huge roast on the end and too much bitterness for all the spice. Thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1385) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Opague black color topped by a small creamy tan head. Spicy roasted malt aroma hints at yeasty dried fruit. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with notes of cinnamon, allspice, burnt caramel and dried fruit. Noticeable resiny hops in finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
(Bottle). Interestingly, spicy aroma and the taste is the same. The label mentions "cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove and rosehips" and I can taste at least 5 of the 6 spices. I really like this beer, very well balanced despite all spices. Thanks for an interesting vertical journey Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
This is the first VE beer I’ve had. As soon as I popped the top on this brew, I could smell cinnamon wafting out of the bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all very discernible as well as some Belgian yeast. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Looks like a serious impy stout. Taste is raw spices all over with some faint hints at a lightly fruity dubbel. Not bad. I’d love to age one so the spices didn’t seem so raw and in your face. Might be good with some pumpkin pie or a Thanksgiving meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1367) - - JAN 14, 2013
Black pour, a thumbs worth of pillowy tan head. Aroma of Christmas - roasted malt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Spicy up front, Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, Nutmeg, Molasses, Slight ginger, roasted malt, Raisin. Lower carbonation, smooth body. Nice winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joakgust (1366) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of cloves, caramel spices and cola. Flavor is malty with notes of cloves, dried fruit and caramel. High potential, although at this point it isn’t really quite finished maturing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1363) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
One of the best aromas on a beer. Not my favorite tasting with a bit of a funky after taste.

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