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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…


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1336) - 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 (3633) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma has lots of ginger, clove, allspice, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits, and a slight hint of toffee and earthy tones. Taste is a bit overspiced, some nice sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit, leading into spicy ginger, clove, allspice, and cinnamon, some slight banana, finishing spicy and slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and it’s fairly interesting, not that it’s my favorite but I haven’t had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a minute shade off of a black hued body with a nice, retentive medium brown head that leaved good lace. Aromas are of spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, toasted bread, mild Belgian yeast. Ginger bread, estery, vanilla, mildly floral. Pastries, a touch of chocolate, but no real roast character. Flavors are a bit ashy, wooden, roasty, cigarette butts. Dry, bitter, slightly vegetal and astringent spice (not quite as badly as I’m making it sound). Pretty dry, clove, raisins, dark fruit, leather. Medium allspice and low nutmeg. Earthy. Mildly warming, but the alcohol isn’t at all distracting. Slightly confused and a bit overly spiced. Medium carbonation (high 2.5s), slightly fuller body with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Friendly_Rob (24) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2013
70 cl bottle @ home, imported by a friend from California. Thanks Dave! It says this is a Belgium Ale, but I would more consider this as a Stout. Indeed very complex, lots of different taste like licorice and cinnamon. Not what I expected!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Draft. Dark to black pour with brown head. Ginger, cinnamon and licorice aromas dominate. Dark malts with very different spices and malty after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Char, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon aroma. Cola brown, medium yellow head. Flavor is burned gingerbread cookies. Allspice in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6734) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with spice and yeast. Light cocoa throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Very large dark brown head of dense and creamy bubbles. Cellar temp so the head is about 3+ inches thick. Lots of spices in the aroma with some ginger, nutmeg, cocoa powder, dark roasted malts and a bit of sweet molasses. Color is a very dark brown. Flavor is soft malts more ginger, roasted grains, dark chocolate and a noticable bitterness. A little bit heavy on the spices though as they kind of overpower the other flavors. Very drinkable for such a dark and rich brew. Lingering chocolate and pine in the flavor with more spices (cinnamon to provide a little heat). A decent belgian style brew.


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