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RATINGS: 639   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…


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (934) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Proud to be among the first 10 on the site to review this. Strong spice filled aroma including cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and strong floral notes. Solid black color with a very thin foam line. Immense dark fruits, herbs spices, barley and oats upfront. Notes of cinnamon, molasses, cocoa, roasted nuts, burnt honey, toffee and big booze linger in the finish. Overall, this is an absolutely delicious mixture of smokey, roasted and citrus (possibly some lemon?) characteristics. This is very strong and full bodied with beautifully complex flavoring. What an explosive end to such a fantastic series of epic. I’d give this an A+ rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magsinva (923) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - pours pitch with a tan head. This one smells like Christmas, with seasonal spices and fruit. Yum!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (910) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2013
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours a great looking dark brown with a tan head and lots of lacing that stays on the glass. Aroma of fruits and spices. Flavor of spices predominantly balanced with some sweetness from malts, smoke and booze but still very smooth and easy to drink; very interesting beer worth trying.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (901) - South Side of 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma has a lot of roastyness, chocolate malt, nuts, spices, rather dry. Taste is very spicy, with a lot of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, with roasted malt, wood. Lingering dry spiciness. Different, tasty beer. Good ending to the series.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Korvspad i doft. Kryddnejlika så det skriker om det. På tok för överkryddad. Hur tänkte dom här??? Första gången jag vaskar en Stone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in. T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well. M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable. O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down it’ll be a little more palatable. Serving type: bottle

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (871) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2013
can smell the spices and high alcohol...mainly smells of dark fruit like plum...taste is very bold with dark fruits and slight spices, mostly ginger and allspice? Good taste but flavor is just a tad too bold...a bit hard to drink without a meal

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (854) - 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.


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