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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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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…


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
22 oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with brown head. Aroma is or roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt and hints of ginger and cinnamon.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhunter151 (546) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Intense aroma of spices. Clove, All spice, cinnamon. It is a little too intense for my liking. It's like drinking a scented candle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (545) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours black with creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is cinnamon and clove. Taste is cinnamon maybe anise and some other spices. Dry aftertaste. Tastes like Christmas.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
black/dark brown color, aroma of cinnamon and other spices, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, same flavors with some Belgian spice, clove, roasted malt, interesting beer, worth a try

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (542) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
A dark black pour with thick brown head. Has a sweet aroma of liquorish, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweet taste full of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and roasted. Coffee/espresso aftertaste but nothing too strong or bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown color in the glass with a small head. Aroma of spices and nutmeg and a slight alcohol smell comes from the glass. Taste does have a wallop of spices just like the description. Nutmeg, corriander, pumpkin and a variety of taste hits you and lingers for a long finish.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Could not place the aroma except for soapy until I read their description and it talked of how little clove they use and that was it ... blech. Nearly black body with a nice thick medium brown head. Initial flavor impression was of root beer ... until I saw the clove and that was it. Not a fan, but they’ve built more than enough good will!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/12/12.
Very dark brown, with a tight tan head.
Aroma is loaded with spices, allspice and clove dominate, but cinnamon and ginger, black pepper, and maybe nutmeg are there too. In addition to the spice there are wisps of chocolate and coffee. On aroma alone I’m thinking this is going to be a nice winter warmer.
Spice also dominates the flavor, clove up front, with some cinnamon and allspice layered underneath. Molasses shows up as it warms, but never gets too sweet. Finish is dry.
9% abv only shows up as a gentle warming in the belly.
Stone saved the best for last.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Lots of roasted notes with a dry finish. Nice amount of bitterness, not too much. Well balanced. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (523) - - JUN 22, 2013
Bomber. Very spicy aroma with a multitude of spices including nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and being the most notable. Pours black with a thin brown head. Taste is strong dark fruit and finishes with all of the above spices but they all balance very well. Drank in June, but really more of a holiday beer. Good regardless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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