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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that has good retention. Aroma has a big dose of clove and nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread, floral sweetness, fruitcake, burnt dark sugar and fig. Taste has big flavors of clove, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, allspice. Tastes like Christmas in a glass. The finish lingers charred malt, candied orange and sweet figs. Medium body with low carbonation that leads to a slightly foamy feel and a smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (314) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2015
Savory aroma of spices (cinnamon & ginger), Worcestershire sauce, and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruits and spices. More generic than in the aroma. Bitterness is quite restrained but that doesn’t mean the sweetness gets out of hand. Well balanced throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2015
March 21, 2015. Bottle.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is very spicy, lots of gingerbread notes to it, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger with some light roasted notes and citrus as well. Taste is sweet caramel with dry spicy notes, light bitter. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation. Very spicy but quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, spicy, clove, cinnamon, light roasted, light to moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, spicy, spicy bitter, chocoæate, cinamom, clove. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140811]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (808) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bomber from Dchmela. A full bodied beer bursting with clove roasty malt and barley. I bet this pairs well with a nice steak!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Good head retention. Lots of candy banana coming from the glass. Also caramel malts, citrus, spice. an herbal note and a faint touch of umami. The taste is intense herbal notes, caramel, bread, treacle, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5882) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Black, big brown head. Smells like pumpkin bread, plus cinnamon, orange, clove and coffee. Its not as rich as the smells would indicate, in fact it’s surprisingly drinkable. Coffee, cinnamon and some other indeterminate spices. Orange peel and some yeasty notes, too.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1451) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a nicely sized tan head. Aroma is a traffic jam of spices with clove (although lighter than prior vertical epics) and a sharp, herbal bitterness. Taste a ton of spices including cinamon, pepper, licorice, anise), tobacco, minimal sweetness, and a lingering bitterness. Yeast character in the taste is minimal. Clean, relatively dry mouthfeel. Aggressive and over the top at the moment I think this beer will drink better in a few years.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4531) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Deep brown with an average beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. Taste is of cinnamon, ginger, toast, roasted malts, and coffee.


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