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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 666   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Ok, I don’t seem to like the same as others. Lots of dark vegetable and rutabaga, some holiday spice, dark bitter malt, just not that pleasant to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Wow. Aroma is nutmeg and clove. Taste is nutmeg, clove, licorice, nice balance of sweetness from malt and even hop bitterness. Alcohol is nice and warming. A great beer.!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Black had a small mocha head. Aroma is christmas spices, cinnamon banana. Taste is cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread. All in all pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (611) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2013
(bottle) Black body with a large brown head minimum lace. Aroma is full of spice (allspice, clove, cinnamon, hint of ginger), sweet chocolate malt. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, orange peel; hint of sweetness up front but really dries out; also chocolate. Good and interesting flavor but the heavy spice and dryness make it a little hard to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
From the bottle, pours like crude oil with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Sweet notes of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, alcohol, sweet malt. Thick and creamy with a roasted maltiness up front, some dark chocolate, some winter ale spices, fading to an earthy maltiness with distinctive alcohol flavors. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that makes you want another gulp. A very fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (607) - 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 15/20
Alpha10 (594) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
2014/04/15 - Pours an opaque black colour with a large, frothy, tan head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, gingerbread, all spice and mild molasses. Taste follows nose; pumpkin spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), gingerbread, clove, molasses and some mild roast and wood notes. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and oily, with lively, carbonation and a bitter/sweet drying finish. Really enjoyed this one. Has a real pumpkin stout quality to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Intense aroma of spices. Clove, All spice, cinnamon. It is a little too intense for my liking. It's like drinking a scented candle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of allspice, malt and hops. Nice taste with significant spice and good balance with a nice palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Wow! Super dark pour, looks almost like a stout with a slick tan head. Wonderful spiced aroma, cinnamon, cloves and some dark fruit. Flavor is even better, a great balance of the spices and sweet malty goodness. This is a fucking tasty beer.

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