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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 612   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…


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tstamba (308) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bomber to a pint glass. Pours an opaque black with tan head and ample lacing. There is a lot going on here. Loads of spice... Cinnamon, all spice, clove blending with toasty malts and hints of caramel... All of that dancing around in your mouth like Thanksgiving and Christmas together... Very unique and memorable ...

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours brown/black, tan head. Spicy smells! Potpurri. Cinnamon, cloves. Amazing. Flavors of nutmeg, cloves, and orange. Dry! Different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 23, 2012
Very dark beer with a tan head. The spices are obvious in the nose, resulting in an aroma that could only be described as gingerbread cake peppered with cinnamon and allspice. Citrus, Belgian yeast, banana, and earthy hops all make appearances as well. Very interesting. The taste is primarily sweet and spicy, but has an earthy, bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with a medium-to-thick body and prickly carbonation. One of my favorite Stone beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2012
pours black with brown head, aromas of spice up front, im picking up a lot of allspice, there is a earthy hop presence followed by roasted malts. Taste is spices up front getting cinnamon and allspice with some hop bitterness along with a very good roasty character possibly some chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this is very well balanced, everything blends together perfectly and no one flavor dominates the rest. Seems to me stone has been on a roll lately with some well crafted brews, nice stuff!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
This is the only Vertical Epic I’ve had, and after tasting it I regret missing all the other years. Pours jet black, tastes like pumpkin pie. This is what every pumpkin ale I’ve ever had ought to taste like. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roxtersoxter (298) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpgibbon (298) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (291) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2012
22 oz bottle - pours jet black, big tan head, frothy and lasting. Big aromatics of nutmeg, allspice, cloves, gingerbread and dark malt. Taste is dark fruit, dried malts, touch of cocoa, spice all over it finishing dry and slightly bitter with dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied, crisp finish. Well done.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (287) - 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.


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