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RATINGS: 631   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…


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (413) - 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.!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brentv (398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2014
Huh. I like so many styles of beer, but this one is a disappointment to me. From the bomber, pours an opaque stout black with a beige head and huge amounts of lacing. Aroma is strongly spiced. Taste is rich and complex, with a slightly bitter finish. The spices kill it for me, though, and I won’t be finishing the glass, let alone the bottle. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. An interesting beer, but one I don’t want to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
bottled. pours dark black with a minimal brown head. aromas of cinamon, clove, raisin and butterscotch. moderately bitter, medium sweet with a balance of sourness.medium bodied thick tongue feel, fairly average carbonation, lasting sour bitterness. decent beer, not sure the cinamon was the best choice of spice for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours dark, almost black, with a nice coffee colored head. I think there may be a bit of smoke in the aroma - and some molasses. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. A bit sweet and very creamy in the mouth. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as the beer goes down. This beer may be too sweet for some people, but I think it is pretty taste even though I don’t normally like sweet beers.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hman43 (397) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2014
It pours black with a dark brown head that produces a fair amount of lacing. The cinnamon, ginger, and allspice are the first things that come through in the aroma. There is a sweet smell that is present it whiffs after that. It has a rich, yet dry flavor with the cinnamon and ginger producing a complex flavor with the allspice combination. There is also roasted malt that is present especially on the palate. Unlike many beers in this alcohol range, the alcohol is not over powering to the point where it effects the overall flavor and taste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sjohnny (393) - - DEC 22, 2012
Dried fruit and cinnamon aroma. Very dark almost black with tan head. Lots of lacing. Dates, cinnamon and bitter chocolate. A little bit of pine in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (392) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Pours coffee black with a thin beige head. Aromas of clove, dark chocolate, allspice, and some coffee in their. Whoa, wasn’t what I was expecting in the taste, in fact it keeps morphing with each sip. One sip will pack a huge spice punch with clove and ginger leading the way, to a coffee ground and dark chocolate finish and the next will to be dominated by chocolate malts, dark fruits and floral hops. Rather odd sensory triggering brew here. Alcohol is masked well and it has a pretty dry finish. Stone never seems to disappoint and even though this is not a beer I can see myself drinking all that often, it is still an exceptionally crafted brew. SLAINTE!!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Usually not a HUGE fan of Belgian Strong’s, but this is a very good beer that is fairly easy to locate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badwhale (376) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bomber to glass mug. Pours an opaque black with a brown head that stays. Clove is the dominant flavor with a black coffee background. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Tons of stuff going on here. Says it’s a belgian, but you couldn’t convice me. Its more imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tstamba (361) - 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 ...


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