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RATINGS: 588   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…


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (426) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Howlader (422) - - JAN 30, 2014
22oz bottle served in a snifter glass. Good belgian style ale. Not quite as good as some of the previous, but good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pour deep black, with thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Spiced, balanced and nearly dry. Layers of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, herbs, and chocolate. Very spiced/herbed dark Belgium ale like, though not sweet. Well balanced. Not a big, powerful beer, though good mouthfeel and focused flavors. 9% alcohol is very well hidden under the spice. My nearest comparison is a friendlier, better spiced version of Green Flash Friendship Brew. The description on the side of the bottle is accurate. Interesting, though unsure I will purchase again. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Surprised me with the deep, dark brown pour and the (almost) two finger tan head. Immediately the aroma hit me while pouring the beer: spices. Brought back memories of my wife boiling spices on the stove during the holidays. Wasn’t expecting this strong of an aroma from Stone. Clear smell of cinnamon and brown sugar, but the dominant smell is Allspice. I love that smell, so I really like this aroma. Taste is sweet, but I don’t get a clear flavor. Maybe its the mix of spices. Full body, but the alcohol is well-hidden. I like this offering from Stone. Very unique and appropriate for the December release.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevencon (398) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Black tan head. Aroma of ginger bread. Taste of ginger bread and finishes with an off medicinal flavor. Kind of all over the place. Maybe needs time to settle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
bottled. pours dark black with a minimal brown head. aromas of cinamon, clove, raisin and butterscotch. moderately bitter, medium sweet with a balance of sourness.medium bodied thick tongue feel, fairly average carbonation, lasting sour bitterness. decent beer, not sure the cinamon was the best choice of spice for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlowOffTube (396) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Great looking beer, jet black with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Smell of Thanksgiving spice pumpkin pie. Was hoping the taste was there but too much spice in my opinion. Dry and thick with an aftertaste of cinnamon and allspice that overpowers. Not my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (390) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours dark, almost black, with a nice coffee colored head. I think there may be a bit of smoke in the aroma - and some molasses. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. A bit sweet and very creamy in the mouth. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as the beer goes down. This beer may be too sweet for some people, but I think it is pretty taste even though I don’t normally like sweet beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (376) - - 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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