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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…


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2013
22 fl oz / 650mL bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Served cool. Aroma: Oh wow. Nutmeg. Cloves. All kinds of spice!! Unlike anything else, and exceptionally pleasant. Appearance: Beautiful thick black body. Opaque. Handsome dark brown, frothy, foamy head. Beautiful, beautiful lacing. Taste: Oh my god. Nutmeg, cinnamon, roasty malt, cloves... There is nothing else like this that I’ve ever had. Palate: Rich, full, creamy. Coats. Definitely a warming ale. Overall: This is easily in my Top 5 all-time beers. If you can find it, buy every bottle available and age some up. I can’t wait to see how this will do in six months / a year. Perfect brew. Beer gods bless you, Stone.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Edward104 (31) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Wow, original and delicious! great nose, cloves and cinamon, reminiscent of glühwein, pours a rich black, somewhat thick. Nice hop presence to balance out the spice along with a strong bitter dark chocolate.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jb (2297) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
One of the most impressive beers I have ever had, and it is going to get the highest number of anything I have rated. What a good finish to an up and down series, that was mostly pretty enjoyable that I am sad is ending. Beautiful, dark thick foamy head, in a really cool glass that fanned out but was short. Sweet uber spicy nose with dark fruit and malt notes. Body starts spicy, then tasted malty, then creamy, then clean. Dark roast/smoke lingers in some sips. Tingles too. As I can’t imagine how they can improve this, I am rating this quite well.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3489) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Strong aroma has malty and yeasty notes and a firm overtone of spices - I get clove, ginger and maybe allspice. Thought I smelled coriander, though that’s not listed as an ingredient. It pours like a stout - a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - woooooooo, mouth-filling, strong and herbal; woody, licorice, ginger, roast malt, bitter hoppy, subtle orange and nutty notes. This beer must be sipped slowly! Thick, firm, smooth texture has a strong and persistent tingle. Stones last "triplet date" beer is a winner!

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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Excellent spicy beer with Christmas flavors. Black color with creamy tan-white head. Overall excellent flavor! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Wonderful and very Christmasy. Tons of spices but they never overpowered the huge malt base. I did not want this one to end. Hid alcohol incredibly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly, but slowly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel and chocolate syrup; hints of coffee; dark fruit; cinnamon, which maybe the strongest aroma; oranges; holiday spices; dark spice cake; and spiced cookies. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and lightly bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, chocolate syrup, holiday spices, oranges, dark fruit, dark spiced cake, spice cookies, chocolate and hints of coffee. The full body was creamy with soft but copious carbonation and a dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
finn1918 (198) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bomber bought and cellared for about a year. Pours pitch black with an enormous head of tiny brown bubbles. Aroma is caramel, spices, and some yeast. Taste is a barrage of sweet malts and complex spices. Sweet, spicy finish. Thick, satisfying mouthfeel. This is an excellent beer, and was well worth the price.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2012
With All the spices this is almost a spice herb beer. Yet it isn’t anywhere close to overwhelming as most Christmas beers. really excellent.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thorongil2 (1389) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent


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