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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3.5
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a dark amber. Quickly dissipating white head. Smells like teriyaki sauce and nutmeg. Tastes of pine hops and caramel malts. Good carbonation. Has a spicy and dry alcohol finish. Spice lingers down the pipes.

3.8
crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Growler. Pours translucent, amber-brown with a medium light-tan head. Aroma is malty sweetness, bubblegum and clove from the yeast, and very mild chile. Initially, the flavor is dominated by a mix of Anaheim chile and bubblegum. As it warms, the gum quickly recedes as malt and cinnamon move to the forefront, and the chile remains strong throughout. Mild chile burn in the back of the throat on the finish. Surprisingly light and dry, considering the ABV. Really unique and actually quite enjoyable.

3.3
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is mahogany with three fingers of kaki head that coated the glass very nice. Nose is chili peppers, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, and bananas. Taste is right on key with the oily feel of the peppers very apparent. As with most Belgians, the key highlights of the yeast really lowers the score for me. I have had some really similar renditions, done with an American yeast strain, and I loved it. The chilies are quite exquisite in this one, and I believe it would be great if not for the banana yeast thing lurking throughout.

4
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with off white head. Fruity, yeast aroma. Flavor was like drinking a tripel and a dubbel at the same time, sharp, malty, spicy, but not overwhelming. Lots of character with a dry finish. Very different and very enjoyable.

3.3
jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Tried on tap. Pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints. Little to no head. Aroma is malty and spicy. I think the chilies are in the aroma. Odd, I think. Taste is malty but spicy, again, there is a chili aspect to it. Not one of my favorites of the epic series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Had this at a tasting. Couldn’t taste any of the cinnamon or chilies. Like the 12.12.12 this one was just off from Stone’s normal God status.

3.1
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor comes through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didn’t do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didn’t really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.

3.7
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pour is a nice ruby red color wit ha thin tan head. Nose is of dark fruits with a clear cinnamon presence, though nearly sweet. Taste is rather interesting, clearly a rather pepper like taste, though not as dry as I was expecting, as the cinnamon tends to pack quite the punch in the back end. Noticeable spice however.

3.9
jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a reddish hue. Nice one finger, light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is very Belgian. Malty and sweet smelling with hints of cherry, citrus, candy, hops, chiles, and cinnamon. Taste is also candy-sweet and malty with the cinnamon and chiles coming through and blending together very nicely. Surprisingly not overwhelming or as heavy as most other Belgian Strong Ale’s I have had. The alcohol is hidden rather well, as this one is very smooth with a nice, sweet but light chile burn on the backend and malty finish. Full body, slick body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms. Carbonation is average. Very nice, easy drinking.

3.3
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bronze colored and mostly clear, 1.5 finger head, smooth and rich, with good lacing. Smell is heavily Belgian with caramel malt, bread, yeast, clove, and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose pretty close, very spicy with lots of clove, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, great caramel malt. The chilis are moderately notable, and the cinnamon is barely there, which I don’t like cinnamon in beverages much so that’s a good thing. Body is medium and tangy going down. Alcohol and presumably the chilis are notably warming but not overpowering. Overall it’s a very fine beer and certainly worth a try.


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