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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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…


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8178) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3414) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at Fat Heads Pittsburgh. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and allspice primarily with a touch of ginger. Flavor cinnamon (but more fiery, like those cinnamon fire ball candies), ginger, clove, and sweet malt. This is a spice-dominated beer and the Belgiany notes are well hidden. Still it’s pretty good, probably one of the better ones if my memory serves me accurately. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours near black with a thin tan head and a strange spicy aroma - cloves or ginger. There is a delicious dark molasses and raisin flavor with lots of ginger and a dry finish. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Churckey for 12.12.12. Beautiful deep garnet/black pour with a frothy light tan head. Nose and flavor bring big Christmas spice character with cinnamon, clove, and ginger, mixing with bits of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Definitely one of the more stout-like of the series, and has solid depth of flavor. Fairly full mouthfeel, but not too sticky or syrupy. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3828) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Roasty and spicy with cinnamon and chocolate. All spice pretty dominant here. This is basically an intense holiday beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (561) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Black had a small mocha head. Aroma is christmas spices, cinnamon banana. Taste is cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread. All in all pretty good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2598) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet, yeasty. Chocolate, clove. Dark orangy brown color, good head that faded quick spotty lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Pretty tasty. End of the epic...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2724) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bomber from Downtown Wine & Spirits. Pours a very dark, rich black with a small tan head. Looks like a stout, really. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Bubblegum cuts through with orange, chocolate, and a fruity bouquet. The flavor is pretty roasty, which is a little different for the style. It starts candyish but actually finishes kind of dry. The flavor packs some cinnamon and floral spices with a complex fruitiness. Though the spices are strong, they are not overbearing like some of the past vertical epics. I suppose since this one is meant to be consumed fresh, that would stand to reason.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3765) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/26/13

Aroma: It has lots of Christmas-style spice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc., and some dark malts
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a small beige head and light lace
Flavor: Tastes spicy, pretty much just like the nose, lightish malt sweetness and minimal bitterness
Palate: This one has a medium body, average carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
Overall Impression:  This one is a big time spice beer. Lots of Christmas spice. Pretty tasty stuff, but if you don’t like those Christmas spice I would definitely stay away, as they dominate this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft sample at Tap House Grill, Westmont. Hard to pick out the nose with my sniffles, but I mostly get a note of licorice, Certainly nothing that they list as having been added to the beer. Thick legs in the glass, with a thin note of foam. I still say it has one of the most pronouced licorice tastes that I’ve found in a good beer, as in not enough to put me off. Okay, so it’s just the other spices working together, like in a root beer. Add to that roasty malts for a taste of coffee on the side, a viscous mouthfeel to make a big, syrupy beer. Glad to have had this taste; I have one bottle at home with just some 10.10.10 and 11.11.11 for company, and even that’s too much for me to have a mini-vertical. Any helpers?


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