Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

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3.8
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
22oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with creamy off white head that lasts. Aroma is of cinnamon and raisins. Flavor is balanced nicely with again cinnamon and raisins along with a fair amount of malt. Decent brew but doesn’t taste all that Belgian.

4
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Big thick light brown head and sticky lacing, murky deep amber colour; Big spicy nose - cloves and cinnamon, not really getting the anaheims; sourish and very bitter even astringent; heavy body, long finish, spritzy carbonation, a tad creamy. I like it. It is big

3.5
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Split a bomber with 2 other buddies. Pours an amber/yellow color with a moderate amount of head. Tastes of fruit & malt, but dry. Can’t taste much of the alcohol, although it’s significat at 9.4% Great brew.

3.5
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bomber. Pours clear dark red and orange with a foamy 1.5-finger orange and beige head. Aromas of Belgian yeast and candi sugar, smoky chilies, banana and esters, and some spices. The flavor is cinnamon and chili, smoky chilies and earth/dirt, Belgian yeast, and sugar. The finish is slightly spicy with some earthy notes. Medium carbonation and body. Good; different, but the smoky/spicy notes work here. [902]

3.7
jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2011
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep amber with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of spicy yeast, cinnamon, some spiciness, caramel malts,and floral/citrusy hops. Flavor the same, very spicy. Average texture. A good beer.

3.9
dfinney23 (3394) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours reddish brown with a short-lived beige head. Aroma of chiles and gingerbread. Lots of chile taste with not a lot of heat, allowing toasted malt and grassy notes to shine through.

4
johnnnniee (4376) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, stingy beige head shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet candy sugar, spicy yeast esters, coriander, some kind of pie spices like nutmeg or all spice, there’s a hint of red pepper in the aroma, but I can’t find the cinnamon. Taste is sweet fruity and sugary up front, then the yeast takes over a bit before slowly expressing some pomme fruits, a dry spice character, red pepper flavor with a hint of heat. Finishes a bit sweet with a lingering candy sugar sweetness and a touch of heat. Moderate to high level of carbonation, medium body with a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Lots of stuff going on here. I would have liked a bit more pepper, but its just the same.

3
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at the Knick. Mild sweet aroma, with toasted malt and chile, light tangy and citric acidity. Can’t smell cinnamon but there is a spicy character to it. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing head. Starts fairly sweet with roasted malt and barley, sweet chile notes and dry spicy character from the cinnamon. Nice taste to start, but turns a little too bitter and in an unpleasant way. Not bad but couldn’t drink more than one at a time.

3.6
ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap. Pours a dark golden color with a persisting white foamy head. Notes of baking spices, honey, chili powder, and grass. Thick mouthfeel, medium to long length finish. Interesting.

3.8
rajendra82 (1098) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPA’s. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.


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