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RATINGS: 619   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…


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (500) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (490) - - JUN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head that leaves small amount of lacing. Aroma is complex, all notes within context of Belgian yeast. Cloves, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and cloves. Flavor is same with a sweet spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice to try once, best to share multiple ways. 7 3 6 3 12 = 3.1 Re-rated 7.19.14, Christiansburg, VA 22 oz bottle. Pours a barely translucent dark brown/near black with light barely passing as burgundy hues on glass. Aroma is mild, with notes of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and cocoa powder, all in the context of Belgian yeast. Flavor is round and well-aged, especially after nearly two years. Belgian ale yeast frames the cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg spice profile, with a muted presence of bittersweet chocolate syrup. This beer has finally come into its own; it only took 2 years! Medium bodied, full carbonation, pleasantly sweet chocolate and spicy finish. Another great offering from Stone.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlowOffTube (482) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours nearly black with a flourishing tan head of creamy foam. Dwindled slowly to a cap and ring that never faded and left some great lace. Inviting and dark almost bewitching. Nose is a mix of spices and fruit. I smell cloves cinnamon, is that ginger? and nutmeg. As it warms it opens up to some yeast, orange and a fruit smell that I couldn’t quite pin down is rose hips. The toasted malt gives it a breaddy cookie like quality. There’s a breath of alcohol and a marvelous hint of chocolate. It’s a Xmas cookie in a glass. One of the most complex spice profiles I’ve encountered. Taste is lighter than it smells and not as sweet as it smells either. Smooth, burnt around the edges with plenty of bread underneath it all. Not too fruity. A little alcohol to taste is really nice in this. Hops finally come up bitter to take it into the long dry finish. It even has a charred quality that’s not disagreeable. Warming and very festive. This is a hard to describe strong dark ale that really surprised me. Far from overly sweet it’s one I would have again. I wonder how it ages?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The aroma is filled with exotic spices. It pours a chocolatey opaque brown. The flavor is allspice, smoke, cinnamon, clove. It has a rich and full mouth-feel. Very good beer. Exotic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ellolovey (461) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Growler from Cumming Growler Shop. Pours a dark brown with a tan frothy head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Taste is loaded with spices. Cinnamon nutmeg and clove dominate. Full-bodied with a nice velvety mouth-feel. Sticky sweet with a slightly bitter dry finish. Another awesome brew from Stone! --Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Poured thick and black very little head. Aroma was lots of spices, nutmeg & cinnamon mainly. Taste was of a dark ale with spices. Thick palate. Overall, not my favorite of the verticals but it fits the series well.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevencon (453) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
salvaticas (442) - - AUG 29, 2013
On tap at Ashley's. pours pitch black with decent amount of head. Lightly fresh on the nose. Incredibly strong notes of cinnamon. Tastes like a Christmas ale or something. Warm, nice. Very complex ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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