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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 642   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…


4.1
   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (461) - 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 (456) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (454) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhgrantjr (439) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Surprised me with the deep, dark brown pour and the (almost) two finger tan head. Immediately the aroma hit me while pouring the beer: spices. Brought back memories of my wife boiling spices on the stove during the holidays. Wasn’t expecting this strong of an aroma from Stone. Clear smell of cinnamon and brown sugar, but the dominant smell is Allspice. I love that smell, so I really like this aroma. Taste is sweet, but I don’t get a clear flavor. Maybe its the mix of spices. Full body, but the alcohol is well-hidden. I like this offering from Stone. Very unique and appropriate for the December release.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Am I the only person who thinks this tastes like a steak marinade? Pours near black, no head, almost no nose. Flavor is herbal with a little spice and reminds me of A-1 Steak sauce. The hell, Stone? Are you too good to make an abbey ale like a good abbey?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crispy34 (432) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. The aroma is very spicy. The appearance is black with a thin tan head. The taste is very pumpkin spice. The spice just overtakes this beer, but in a very good way. The palate ends a very mild spice. Overall, a great beer from stone... As always. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (421) - - APR 22, 2013
From 22oz bottle. Being a fan of stouts and porters, this beer's almost black appearance with dark cream head earned it my first 5 in appearance. Very subtle aroma that I cannot identify. Slight coffee taste that sits on the back of the tongue, reappearing with every exhale. Need to try other year's versions. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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