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RATINGS: 663   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…


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1136) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Belgian Christmas ale from Stone anyone? Big body, fruity, sweet, slight roast, and a big sweet, dry finish. Good stuff, does not need to age, CONSUME!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Sniffer pour, deep dark brown with full finger khaki head. Nose is quite spiced, ginger, cloves and all that stuff I never go big on. Flavor is similar, quite spiced, sharp... Smooth body, not too heavy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (1118) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2014
Pint bottle from whole foods naples florida. Pours oil black with one finger tan head. Initial aroma is cloves, cinnamon. As it’s allowed to breath you can pick up the cocoa. Flavour is a dry cocoa powder and cloves. Blurb says they don’t go mad on cloves but I think they have, really dry earthy mouthfeel. Has a grassy, burnt hay aftertaste. It’s not that enjoyable but it’s interesting. Light enough body with a low amount of carbonation. I’m really going off spiced beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Two days ago had the current Anchor Christmas beer, and really appreciated the spice & hop flavor blending happening here. This 12 12 12 takes to another level. Abby said it tasted like a Chinese medicine herb mixture. I smelled bananas and a complexity of herbs. The table was busy and i couldn’t take notes. chocolate powder, cayenne, pecans. tight dark head over near black body. fine sipping mouth feel.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bootle- Poured cold- Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a tan head, that seems to be holding up. Aromas similar to Anchor Christmas ale, pine, spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg... Mouth feel is medium bodied with an initial hit of orange and clove on the palate. A little too much and might be over cloying as it warms. I get a slight sardine flavor from the brew. Not sure if it’s from the cap, but it’s still to young for the effect. Carbonation is very mellow and just as most vintages, this won’t age very well. It’s not well balance. The alcohol is very well hidden for what it is . I’d rather frink Trader Joe’s Vintage ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1114) - 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 (1108) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1097) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle from GE at Logan Twp. Pours black with brown, 1 finger head, dissipating to a thin film. Smells of ginger snaps, completely dominating, some mild chocolate. Smooth raisin and chocolate flavor with ginger and anise. Pretty damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1088) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Black with tan head. Malty nose and sweet. Big flavor, clear dark fruit undertones hint of roast. Alcohol is evident. Fruit profile very interesting.


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