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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…


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (961) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle at Craig?s house. Spicy overtones. Not much in the way of head. Very dark as you might expect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, nearly black pour, beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice. Tastes just like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and a very pleasant dark roastiness. Enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice kickoff to our VE tasting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Very dark black color. Aroma of dark fruit and cocoa. Sips med to full with currant and anise. Middle has Asian food like spice flavor mild carbonation and finishes smooth cola like sweetness. Very nice complex brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (946) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
From notes: Poured opaque black with a 1-finger tan head. Aroma of cola or caramel, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some mild clove beneath. Full body, somewhat oily with a dry finish. Flavor of roasted malt and some earthy yeast. The spices lie beneath with a slight burnt note that lightens as it warms.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (931) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black with frothy and creamy brown head. Aroma is full of spices; cinnamon, clove, and ginger are all well represented. Reminded me a lot of spicy autumn pumpkin beers, a lot of clove in the finish. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like this, truly unique. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (919) - - MAR 16, 2014
2012 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick cinnamon tan head. Smell is allspice, cinnamon and slightly herbaceous. Taste is allspice, cinnamon, chocolate, some dark fruits and herbal bitterness at the end. Spices take the main stage. Full mouthful with a dry, tannic feeling at the end. Very stout-like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hman43 (914) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
It pours black with a dark brown head that produces a fair amount of lacing. The cinnamon, ginger, and allspice are the first things that come through in the aroma. There is a sweet smell that is present it whiffs after that. It has a rich, yet dry flavor with the cinnamon and ginger producing a complex flavor with the allspice combination. There is also roasted malt that is present especially on the palate. Unlike many beers in this alcohol range, the alcohol is not over powering to the point where it effects the overall flavor and taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (908) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aromas of licorice malt chocolate gingerbread and spice. Taste is awesome full rich mouth feel with a nice lingering hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (907) - 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 (903) - 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


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