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RATINGS: 666   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…


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Maybe the darkest brew of the entire series, stylistically, this is a straight up Imperial Christmas Ale. Malty chocolate body combines with intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice. Well-balanced, creamy and rich, with a nice blast of crisp hops. Burnt caramel and coffee linger, canceling out any sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (984) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle about two years old now. Thick dark black pour with mocha head, looks like a big imperial stout. Aroma is loaded with spices, clove, nutmeg, chocolate and gingerbread. Taste is spices, followed by bitterness, some gingerbread like flavour and some light sweetness with a bitter dry finish, no hint from the booze, mouthfeel and carbonation are medium. Overall it’s an interesting beer perhaps a bit muted from the age but very smooth with no harshness from the spices it’s maybe a bit one dimensional from the spices but overall pretty decent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (975) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
dark pour (wasn’t expecting black pour), aroma of spice, pine, hop slight malt. Flavors of lightly bitter, well balanced, medium to full body. Borders a light stout than a Belgian Strong Ale. Excellent brew, complex taste of spices, not as sweet as I thought it would be.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gowdy (966) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
N3lson1 (951) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Drank out of a large bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark beer with nice beige head. Smells slighly of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Has a nice smooth flavor, slightly bitter, a decent beer.

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.


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