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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 615   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 ďverticalĒ tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own ďtwist & turnĒ in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous yearís edition. This yearís 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: ďFin.Ē No worries though: this edition is particularly well-suited for prolonging the experience, as itís 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 beerÖbut 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 comeÖ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2662) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2764) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3916) - 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 donít like those Christmas spice I would definitely stay away, as they dominate this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - 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 Iíve found in a good beer, as in not enough to put me off. Okay, so itís 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 thatís too much for me to have a mini-vertical. Any helpers?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Tap at Rattle ní Hum. Pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, moderate lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is raisins, cloves, roasted malt, brown sugar, allspice. Medium body, creamy and has good carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Had back in 2012. Donít remember this one being too standoutish, but I do remember the nose catching my attention heavily. As a finish to the Epic Series, it wasnít as banger as I wanted it to be, I really think 10/10/10 was the ish as far as Iím concerned!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3365) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
0.6l bottle brought home from Cask Pub & Kitchen. Itís super super oily and what can only be described as tar black on the pour. It also has a nice medium sized dark brown head on top of this ridiculously black body. Itís really spicy on the nose, something that works really well now on this day before Christmas. I get lots of cloves and lavender, ginger and a tamarind fruit acidity. There is also a ongoing cinnamon aroma in the house today as Iím making skillingsboller, but i also find strong traces of it in the beer. A powerful spicy nose, but thatís nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the heavy flavors in the taste! Damn! Spices on steroids. Itís as thick and oily in the mouth as the pour suggested and itís softly carbonated with small prickling bubbles on the tongue. Dark roasted ginger bread, almost burned with a ton of cloves, vanilla, pepper, fruit bread and allspice. So much things going on here that I know that this bottle will last for quite some time. Glad I finally got a chance to try the epic series. Wouldnít mind doing that again, but this is already somewhat over the top IMO. 23.12.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (292) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (959) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack bottle share. Ridiculously dark brown with faint ruby spots and a big rocky tan cap. Aroma is a lot of nutmeg, clove, gingerbread cookies. Taste is spicy bitterness, and sweet. Tingly. Spiced heat finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
2013-02-22 - tasting hosted by blankboy, with gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber c/o ... me!? Pours red/black, almost opaque, with decent creamy tan/light brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is very pleasant - plenty of spice, with citrus and lightly roasted moderately sweet malt, a bit floral - quite a bit going on, hard to pin down - maybe a touch of anise, and a real Belgian yeast character. Taste initially hit my tongue as vegetal, but that settled out quickly - possibly the massive spicing threw me off - and left me with the impression of spicespicespice; cloves, nutmeg, ginger - light roast and floral notes, but itís mostly about the spice. Average body, really, really astringent from the spice, modest carbonation, long spicy finish - a little over the top, would pair amazingly with a thick beef stew, IMHO.

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