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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…


3.8
   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!

3.5
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Was reminiscent of a pumpkin porter to me. It had a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Poured much darker than expected; nearly black in appearance. Aroma was strong cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a little yeast. The texture wace nice. It had its "Belgian" moments, but it didn’t remind me of a abbey style beer in any way; hence the use of the "-ish", but still.....This was a decent brew, but they’re calling it a Belgian Strong Ale? I guess using Belgian-ish yeast, qualifies this as being a Belgian-ish beer. The spices were definitely dominant, and had their moments.Overally, pretty good, but a bit of a twist to the ending of this series (and thank God for that).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1329) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joakgust (1321) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1320) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bomber. Sat on this one for about a year, seemed an apt way to close out 2013. Pours a stouty brown black, medium tan head, so so retention and lacing. Nose is like a Christmas pudding: molasses, dried fruits, and pie spice, with some malt and cocoa. Mouth is medium bodied, semisweet, roasty and spices up front, then it’s like liquid gingerbread. Style says Belgian, and so does the bottle, but this tastes and feels more like a stout or porter with holiday flavors. Whatever it is categorized as though, it’s decent. An early Happy New Year to all!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (1319) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Super spicy aroma, Christmas cloves in my face. Hmm, way too heavy on the spices in the aroma & taste. Booze at the end. Bleh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1313) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at Driftwood. Pours black with a thick caramel head. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, slight smoke, and cloves. Flavor is of malts, cloves, chocolate, yeast, and booziness. Full bodied. Leaves a bitter sweet malt, chocolate, and clove finish. Unique.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
22oz Bomber - thanks Jordan
Appearance - Motor oil, tan lacing
Aroma -Toast, Belgian yeast, cinnamon
Taste - Cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, hops

Thanks Jordan for the share. This beer was spicy... full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just great although I would see the need for aging.


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