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RATINGS: 634   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…


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (674) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhatB420 (665) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22oz bomber into a 16.9oz stemmed belgian glass while super storm Nemo wrecks the east coast. Pours a stout dark black, likeness to mild tar and pleasant carcoal. Thick and foamy medium head the covers the liquid nicely and then separates and glisens around the top. Taste is tart cherry, cinnamon, fig pie, dark cherry candies/dinner mints, and sugared peppermint.. Outstanding in the depths that the flavours mesh together while masking the abv wonderfully. My first take on the vertical series, its unfortunate I missed out on the rest. Pepper hits the noes constantly as this one goes down as well. Full bodied, with a dry begining countered by a balanced spice attack. Fulfilling, genuine, and tasty. Glad I picked this one up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (662) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (660) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Appearance was clear deep brown with creamy tan tiny diminishing head, no lacing. Aromas are spices ie. clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cinamain, sweet roasted chocolate, coffee malts, no alcohol present. Taste are sweet cocao, coffee, toffee malts with candi shinning through. Spices are present like winter brews are, all spice, nutmeg, cin, clove are slightly coming to play.Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting dryish spicey finish. Like stoutish and winter combine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (659) - - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Rich spices. Warm and delicious. Aging one and drinking one now. Perfect winter brew. Gorgeous in glass

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2014
Huge body, brilliant balance, and massively complex make this an excellent beer. But it is missing that little ’something’ that makes an excellent beer great - and for that reason it’s a little disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (653) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Flat black pour. Leeching dryness on the the tongue. Allspice and cloves with some roasted high-cacao chocolate. Hits me with a Cincinnati Cincinnati Chili flavor. Rare combo of a round, malty mouthfeel - with a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (638) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Out of the bottle, it pours deep chocolate brown with thin, ashen tan head, fairly viscous and syrupy. The aroma is fantastic; dark fruit, allspice, caramel, and some booze. The flavor is caramelly sweet with a with cinnamon, maybe cherry and great roasty bitter finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy, full and thick. For a huge brew, it’s not too sweet. It’s almost like a sweet stout mixed with an abbey. It would do well with some aging, but if you can’t wait then share it.


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