Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

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thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Poured from the bomber. Aroma is awesome, almost like a Lagunitas with the dark fruits. Flavor is bitter up front also has the fruity flavors. Overall, wow I think I need to buy a few more!

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Cellar review: Aged from November 20, 2011 til the review date January 24, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a hazy mahogany with some garnet hues, the head is a dense and thick brown that leaves some lacing and leaves a foamy coating.
Aroma: The aroma was strong of banana and chili peppers, but it quickly gives way and settles into a light chili pepper with some cinnamon. A bit bland.
Taste: The intro has an odd mix of cinnamon, malts, and chili peppers, the cinnamon goes stronger through the mid-taste and the chili peppers and some cloves warm up on the finish. The chili peppers are adding a lot of flavor throughout, but little heat, not liking this at all.
Palate: Medium bodied, a bit thin texture, soft carbonation.
Overall: I still do not like this. The chilis and cinnamon are strongest here, not much depth and not much heat either. Pass.
Ratings: 6, 5, 6, 3, 13.

Reviewed on November 20, 2011.
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Deep hazy copper with a slightly orange tinged thin white head.
S: Rather bland, mostly a belgian yeast cloves smell with some heat from the peppers.
T: Pepper up front through to the finish with a clove spice to it, not as spicy as I imagined though.
A: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Rather bland beer to me, it was more spicy from the Belgian yeast than the peppers and the cinnamon wasn’t noticeable.

mikesaum (712) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Pours dark amber with khaki head, aroma is strong belgian yeast and a bit of cinnamon, no chiles, the yeast is spicy in aroma. Taste is complex, semi sweet with a deep rich flavor, nice belgian spice from the yeast, some heat from the chilies and a dash of cinnamon, abv is masked well, very good, would love to see how this ages

pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at stone... Pours a reddish caramel toffee pour, somewhat transparent and topped with a cream light beige head... Aroma has Ginger and lemongrass, perhaps a little chile pepper with some caramel maltiness tacking backseat... Semi-sweet caramel malt with a light citrus and chile pepper backing without the heat. A light bitterness exists on the backend. Lighter bodied overall. Ok

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bomber. The body is a clear and dark garnet-burgundy color with a short head of pale tan foam. The froth settles quickly, leaving behind solid diagonal flares of lace with a swirly surface film and a well-defined edge. Aromas are based in moderately caramelized bready brown malt, suggesting of cocoa, hazelnuts, and cooked figs. The malt provides a complimentary base for the zippy cinnamon and the earthy sweet-heat of the Anaheim chiles. Belgian yeast lends a gorgeous, spicy, estery component that separates this from other cinnamon-chile beers I’ve had. Flavors do the nose justice, maintaining that cocoa-cookie, caramelized bready malt base and showing plenty of sharp, earthy spice from the cinnamon and warming chiles. The use of Anaheims is spot on here, as they lend a fruity, slightly warming spice element without overpowering. The yeast is the unsung star of the show here, as the banana-like esters that it brings forth really tie things together, while simultaneously lending a fruity, drying twist. As it warms, I get a spiced coconut macaroon finish. A substantive palate shows plenty of body, yet stays safely away from becoming overly cloying and sticky. The yeast dries things out rather nicely with the aid of some fine carbonation. Overall, though this represents a major departure from the theme of the series, this is probably my favorite of the Vertical Epic beers (at least when fresh....I don’t think it will age for shit). Pretty solid effort.

beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Thanks to the folks from Stone for this bottle. Pours a dark amber. Solid saison/Belgiany base with some pepper notes and a minor hit of nutmeg/cinnamon. Some alcohol heat. Pepper notes linger but as advertised do not take over. Belgian yeast the strongest notes.

jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with yeast, cinnamon, other spices, citrus. Spicy flavor; sweetness from the aroma is absent. Dry finish with lingering spice.

portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle to New Belgium glass. Pours a ruby brown with a quick soapy kahki head that fades to a whispy film and tight collar. Aroma is rather blah, but shows signs of chilies and cinnamon. Taste has some bubblegum more cinnamon and clove with a lingering chili in the finish. Palate is medium and slick with a fizzy and chaulky dry finish.

dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22 oz bomber from Spirits Toms River. Okay everyone i love Stone too but where are these scores coming from? After reading the description I thought okay, sounds different this might be good. I was very wrong. Peppers should only be added to beer to add some heat not flavor. This beer smells like a cross between peppers and Spanish olives add in a dash of earth and wave a cinnamon shaker over top. The appearance is nice with a clear brown/orange body under a foamy light beige head. Luckily the malt bill is pretty big and there is a burst of grain and bread before that nasty pepper flavor kicks in. Ugh, this beer does not work. Take the Stone Epic name off of it and this beer won’t even rate a 2.5.

andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Saturday night prior to going to a show that starts at 11 PM which is usually way past my bedtime. Appearance a nice slightly dark ruby red with a thin white head that rims around the glass, if there was no head this would look like a wine. Aroma of cinnamon, slight pepper, a bit of a Weiss-like aroma of banana/bubblegum, smells good but slightly faint. Taste is smooth, retains that banana/cinnamon flavor, a slight touch of vanilla, the pepper subsides just a bit, kind of tastes like a Unibroue beer, slightly ’chewy’, good carbonation/body. It’s pretty good, not outstanding, but solid and good.

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