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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 638   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…


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1077) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark brown/black pour with a small beige head. This is a spice bomb, tons of clove, anise, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is similar but drier than you might expect. This was my least favorite in the series, just spice overload. The roasted malts come out in the finish which is a little bitter. This one needs a few more years in the cellar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1068) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
I’m going to have to get some more of these and tuck them away. Because this was great from the gate. Deep, dark, roasted deliciousness. Both sturdy and silky. Great sharp hops balanced with creamy malts and just enough spicing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
On tap - this is the first I’ve had of the Vertical Epic series, not too bad, but not enough to make me wish I’d been in on this series from the start.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pour is dark. Basically black. Decent head that is tan with some hints of red. Nose is very spicy. Smells like the holidays. Everything they put in the brew sticks out, especially the cinnamon, clove, and orange peel. Pine cone. Nose is very pleasant and complex. Scares me a bit though. Smells like it will be over spiced. Luckily upon tasting the beer, the roasty malts blend flawlessly with the spices. It is bone dry. Not sweet at all. Very well done for a holiday beer. Great way to end the vertical epic series.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1044) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Very dark. Smells spicy and dry/sweet. Lots of metallic in the taste. Fairly light-bodied with some spice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1031) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
Near black with a tan head. Aroma is spices -cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and chocolate. Taste of Belgian candy sugar, spices as above, and ash? Hmm interesting and alcohol very well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. The nose is heavy chocolate, anise, pumpkin, and graham crackers. The taste is heavy sweet and heavy bitter with the bitter dominating the end. The texture is creamy yet becomes astringent and dry, the body is medium and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Nearly black with medium brown head. Somewhat malty but muted nose. Flavor is a bit rough, some roast, some esters, a little smokey, but doesnt blend all that well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tan ring. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, hints of clove and floral rose. Taste is is spicy, bready, and semisweet. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 finishes with a spicy dryness.


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