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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 616   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (934) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3377) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 It was hard to hold off on this one until I could taste it with Strykzone. I got a case of this in McCall, Idaho at Paul’s Grocery who were kind enough to order this for me. Working off Facebook Chat, Dave and I enjoyed this one immensely It poured a very dark red that looked mostly black in the glass, and raised a big bubbled and very attractive tan head head that laced copiously. The nose greets you with a multitude of aromas.including cinnamon, molasses, dark ripe fruit, and citrus and floral hops. Bold in body the mourthfeel is rich an creamy. There is no sign of the alcohol. The flavor is much in keeping with aroma, and brings a rich mix of spices and roasted malts together. The finish is spicy with ginger and allspice, and you get some chocolate and a touch of bitterness. This is a remarkable beer, and tastes simply sumptuous. I have a feeling it will age ver well and so a number of bottles are going on the shelf in the aging cellar.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adamhorror (84) - USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours black like a stout but not as thick body-wise. Not much head, I didn't pour too vigorously to create a large head. Aroma is spicy, similar to gingerbread but not as strong as hops cut through. Taste is spicy, very Christmas ale-ish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Merry Mischief with less flavor. Palate is hoppy, cinnamon, ginger, not very watery but a tad thin for its appearance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frozer (118) - Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Spices galore! Huge bouquet of spice aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of black licorice. Drank in the middle of summer but would be more fitting for winter. Appearance is black with dark thick head. Very Malty. Very light hops in the background. A one of a kind brew!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (481) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (372) - 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.!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlihcsnatas (296) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allenyen (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
pours a thick black with a light brown head. it has strong flavors of cinnamon and allspice with hints of coffee/chocolate. lots of spice flavor with a slight bitterness at the end. this is a delightful beer to drink, but not one i would drink bottle after bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2013
This edition of Vertical Epic pours dark black-brown with a fluffy tan head. The head goes the distance, for sure- displaying exquisite lacing! The nose is crazy. Nutmeg, licorice, clove, allspice, and sugar cookies take center stage- almost drowning out the mellow cream and chocolate. This almost smells like egg nog. Weird. Damn good. Roasted malts, molasses. up front; give way to caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet bread, and brown sugar. Hops add a scarce piney note in the finish that’s easily overwhelmed by the other Christmas flavors. Nutmeg, and soft brown sugar linger on the palate. Somehow, though, Stone manages to keep this brew from being overly sweet. It is phenomenally balanced! Now, I’m tasting cream soda? Every sip unravels another layer. to say this beer is complex is an understatement. This beer is knocking my socks off! The mouthfeel is the best part. This beer’s nose and taste sound thick and syrupy. On the contrary, this concoction is light to medium weight, with subdued carbonation. This beer is actually very easy to drink! Overall, this beer is awesome. I bought two bottles. I want to drink two bottles. But, my logical mind is telling me to age one of these. Stone claims that this is a "Belgian style abbey-ish beer". Personally, I’d call it a Belgian Style Stouty Brown Ale. Semantics aside, Stone Brewing knocked this one OUT OF THE PARK! If you are fortunate enough to see one of these bottles somewhere: BUY IT!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (1958) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to Richthevillan at tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of mulled wine, marmite, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is licorice, coffee, spices, prunes and some earthy notes. Medium bodied and a little oily. Superb.


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