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RATINGS: 615   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…


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (709) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights, a nice sized and very persistent tan head with good lacing. Aroma of the spices like allspice, ginger and cnnamon with some almost charred malt. Taste follows nose with the spices and malt and adds some cocoa and molasses. Finishes with some roastiness and lingering spices and drier than expected. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate/high carbonation. I think letting this age for over a year was a good idea. May have allowed the flavors to meld better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (706) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark brown pour. Slightly oily. The smell has a good dose of spice and yeast.My first thought was gingerbread on tasting...lots of cinnamon, anise, orange, clove taste. Pretty standard carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Interesting and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (700) - , SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bara om en hyperinflation drabbade Sverige och återförsäljare av Vertical Epic glömde att justera det nominella värdet till det eskalerande konsumentprisindexet har det här ölet en chans att överbrygga glappet mellan pris och värde. Det spelar ingen roll att den mångdimensionella smakupplevelsen öppnar sig som valv efter valv oändligt (Tranströmer, nästa gång bjuder jag på en vers, tummis!). Högst ett dussin öl som jag har provat genom åren skulle jag ens komma på tanken att punga ut en hundring för. Vertical Epic hör dessvärre inte till den utvalda skaran.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (692) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (690) - 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 (681) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrmartin (669) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Dark brown bour with thin tan head. Fruity spicey and faintly roasted nose. Full bodied. Lots of layers of spices, citrus, ginger, clove, cinnamon, on the verge of being over spiced but they layer nicely. Dry finish A good sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (669) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Svart öl med stort, brunt skum. Doft: Kryddnejlika och andra örter/kryddor, vört bröd, alkohol, mintlakrits, rengöringsmedel. Smak: Choklad skumbanan, pepparkaka, anis, koriander, kanel, mintlakrits, sött vörtbröd, apelsin, rödvins bål. Smaken spöar lätt doften, komplex och god.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (668) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours opaque dark brown with a thick brown head that lasts perfectly and laces. When I say opaque I mean that you can’t see through it in sunlight. Nose is apricot, apple, pumpkinspice, oranges. Quite sweet, no bitterness, full mouthfeel, nearly perfect.


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