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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 628   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…


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3540) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Spicy clove aroma. Pumpkin pie spices dominate, with some orange zest sneaking through. Bitter spice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (744) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bomber. Spice, dark fruit and some citrus. Creamy and sweet malty background. Light bitter finish with a spicy aftertaste and mild alcohol burn. A good beer but I was hoping for better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with a slight tan head that fades to a halo. Aroma is very christmas spicy. Overall kind of a typical christmas ale, which is typical with the latest Vertical Epics. the booze definitely comes through on this one with a slight burn on the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6108) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at blue monk. Dark pour, tan head. Christmas spice aroma, cinnamon cloves and allspice . Christmas flavor, black licqorice, cigarette finish that lingers. Fuller mouthfeel. Decent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5737) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; black with foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells doughy, yeasty, and spicy. Tastes like it smells with a malty backbone. Average on the palate with a fairly dry finish. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3563) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber at ChurchKey. Nearly black in color with a small fading light khaki head. Licorice and menthol aroma with slight Belgian notes. Roasty flavor with menthol, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus peel, and anise. Fuller body with medium-low carbonation. Solid brew but not quite EPPICK!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Almost black pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma is pumpkin pie like with a hinto vanilla. Flavor of pumpkin pie with a clovish after taste. Light creamy chocolate. Medium full bodied with a tad of fizziness. Also some anise like characteristics. Pretty nice. Original rate was 3.7 but as I drank the whole 22oz the clovish/allspice really started to eat at me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a dark black, aromas.of spice, slight sweet cinnamon notes, it’s ok overall


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