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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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…


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (823) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (820) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours jet black with brown head. Aroma of spicy, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, dried cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is clove, roasty, peat, port wine. Quite Spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (816) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (813) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (793) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thetmaxx (783) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (782) - 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 (778) - - 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

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (778) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
One of the best aromas on a beer. Not my favorite tasting with a bit of a funky after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bomber. Spice, dark fruit and some citrus. Creamy and sweet malty background. Light bitter finish with a spicy aftertaste and mild alcohol burn. A good beer but I was hoping for better.


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