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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is probably just a matter of personal spice preferences since I have never had the slightest issue with Stone before, but this felt very heavy-handed with nutmeg, and it really brought the entire experience down for me. Still, it was very different from any other beer I've had and is worth a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (282) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (281) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Thick, dark bliss. Aroma really punches your nose: lots of spices, clove, sweetness, malt, and faintly herbal. It tastes like a meal: plenty of spices, thick and chewy, with a garnish of herbs. The finish begs for another go...he summons me for food...my cat thinks he’s a god.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Banana, cherry, and bubblegum on the aroma and palate. Instense aroma. Tan fizzy, creamy head. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpgibbon (277) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle from Cornelius. Black with tan head. Gorgeous Xmas cake aroma with big nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is a little astringent however, particularly on the end. Good front end of boozy pudding giving way to some hop bitterness, but this all falls at the last fence with an unsatisfying acrid quality both in taste and on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evolutionary (270) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from giant eagle. Wanted to try before the run was over. Bright clean nose with just a little bite. Medium nut brown pour. Medium body and nutmeg upfront with hints of roasted malt and mixed spice. Pretty tasty overall and a great holiday style spiced ale. ---Rated via my mouth

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (266) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Poured up a dark black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate malts and spice. The taste is mostly spice with some hints at the malts used. Seemed that the ginger and allspice dominated but letting it sit on the tongue a while could kind of pick out some of the others. Very good brew. This is the first time I have seen Vertical Epic on the shelves and now I am wishing my local stores had been on top of this so I could have tried the others. Oh well at least I got to check this one out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bconch (265) - - FEB 1, 2014
Deep brown color. Cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Taste is lots of cinnamon with a lot of layers of flavor. Finish is dry with minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roxtersoxter (259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours black color with large off white head. Very sweet smell and taste. I can tell a lot of spices went into this beer. Overall a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Smooth and well-rounded chocolate and mild clove/cinnamon. Sweet and a bit cloying as it warms. Finishes with earthy spices and dark sugars. Excellent. Shame it was a one-off.

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