Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 698   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (1068) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
From notes: Poured hazy red-amber with a 1 1/2 finger light tan head. Complex aroma-mild chili pepper with light notes of cinnamon and smoke, maybe some clove too. Medium-thick with a light mouthfeel and a very slight lingering oilyness, likely from the pepper. Light spice flavor with a sweet note, maybe malt. Mild notes of chili and smoke bloom in the finish and linger nicely on the tongue with a mild piney hop note as well. As it warms, the chili and spice become more subtle and the hops move to the fore.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1063) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bomber purchased ten months ago (at the time of release) at Holiday Wine Cellar ($6.99). Pours into my Stone IRS snifter an interesting muddy red-brown color with one finger of vigorous light brown head. Aroma has a lot of vegetal chiles along with significant spice (cinnamon, clover, ginger, holiday spice) and some fruitiness. Flavor also has the mild Anaheim chiles right off the bat, but is soon followed by additional layers of complexity with notes of gingerbread (the cinnamon), caramel, banana, clove and other spices, some sticky dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. The flavor certainly improved as it warmed up. The significant fruity-sweetness actually works well here. The high ABV is deceptively well-concealed. This is certainly not the train wreck that some people think it is. I applaud Stone for making a decidedly different beer here, but this is not something I would want to drink very often. (479, 737)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at ONeills on 12 Nov 11. Pours a clear and impressive deep dark amber with lasting tan head. Medium to full body. Rich malty flavors with subtle spices and a slight warming note. A bit filing but nice cold weather sipping beer. 11/12/2011 On draught at ONeills Stone Beer Dinner. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Full-bodied. Even match between chile and slightly dry malty flavors. Late bump from chile heat. Belgian yeast character comes out when paired with clam chowder. Cinnamon spice not pronounced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Really unique. Sweet flavor comes through from the peppers, and the spice is all from the hops and cinnamon, not spicy hot, just spiced. Sweet malty flavor carries it home.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Pours a deep rusty orange-brown with a moderate off white head. Aroma of honey, orange, marzipan, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and traces of earth or toast. Maybe its cold, but Im not getting chilies on the nose. Flavor begins kinda sweet with brown sugar, honey and cinnamon, followed up with some toast, earth and raisins. Finishes with a slight bit of heat from the chili peppers, and a drying sensation on the throat that almost seems like its from too much cinnamon. Theres also some earth and bitterness, but dry sensation and aftertaste that resembles over-steeped tea is TOO big of a departure from the initial flavor for me. Moderate carbonation, creamy and full mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol. Its not gonna be confused for a Belgian ale from Belgium anytime soon, but I love the mouthfeel. For me, theres more to like here and be intrigued by even though I can see why people dont like this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a crystal clear ruby ale with a thin, light khaki head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite spicy, warm and... food-like. There are notes of cinnamon, clove, apple, pear and vegetables. There seems to be a touch of sweetness in the nose. Its pretty full bodied and lively. It leaves the mouth feeling slick for a while. Theres a lot going on in the taste. Overall, its pretty earthy and fruity. The sweetness I smelled doesnt seem to be present in the mouth. Theres a hint of apple right at the beginning. Then, its stone fruit, cinnamon and clove. The finish is a little phenolic and very peppery, but in a black pepper sense. I wasnt able to isolate the flavor of Anaheim chilies. There seem to be hints of soy sauce, vegetables (like a V8) and possibly smoke. I dig this. Its probably clich to say its unique, but, well... it is. I feel like if I let this one age, Id interpret some of these flavors as possible oxidation. I tend to appreciate beer with crazy stuff thown in it and this is no exception. The Belgian yeast provides a curve ball here, and makes things a lot more complex than they would be otherwise, I suspect.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Amber body, tons of caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon spice on the nose. Lively carbonation, malty but innovative, as sweet, sugary cinnamon stick flavors pick up a blast of chili pepper as it lingers with a touch of heat and residual sweet caramel malt, banana and clove. This would be a perfect pairing with my chili recipe. Booze and spice linger.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/1/12. Had some friends over last night for New Years Eve and decided to pop this bottle, whilst playing some darts. Poured my allotment into an Allagash chalice. Pours a ruby garnet with a bountiful beige head on top. Great lace rings left behind after each sip. The nose is very "West-Coast" with fresh hops abounding. Slight astringent note with a yeasty twang. Good nose. Carbonation is moderately high, a bit of bubbly zest greets me each sip. Not too heavy. The chilies bring out a nice complement to the beer, and in no way overpower it. Light heat given off by them. The cinnamon as well is more of a background flavor, thankfully. Belgian yeast adds its expected zip on the finish. This beer is actually better than I had anticipated. Nothing really stands out at the forefront, but each player adds just enough to this beer to keep me sipping and enjoying. [Per usual, I grabbed an extra bottle to age].

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (1001) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2012
Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I cant wait to try it in a year.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottled. Pours dark orange-brown with a medium sized head. Average retention and minimal lace. Interesting belgian style. Chili and cinnamon in buckets with a bit of candi sweetness. Oily texture of chili and spices with a long sticky, warming finish. Better than I expected.


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