Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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…

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3.8
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
650 mL bottle. Looks more like a porter than a Belgian. Nice brown head. Smells more like a Christmas ale than a Belgian. Lots of brown spice. The flavour is quite big and complex. Brown spice, booze, roast, cocoa powder, . It all works fairly well together. more dry than sweet. A nice bitterness in the finish - feels like a roast bitterness rather than hops, but what do I know? Points for creativity for this one.

4.3
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Aged until opened on August 4, 2013. This brew, as soon as the bottle is tipped over, pours like oil and is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma hits you hard with a complex combination of clove, roasted malts, and gingerbread. The taste is mildly bitter, slightly sweet, and quite umami, and the palate combines a full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long, spice-filled finish.

3.6
jake65 (3623) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle courtesy of BuckeyeBoy, thanks. Pours a dark brown with more than a finger of dark beige head. Nose is ripe with spices and Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and cloves. Whoa... tastes like gingerbread? It really does! Cinnamon and ginger, some cloves, a little Beglian yeast, and it finishes with molasses. Sweet and spicey; there is no way I can finish the bottle alone, but this was a neat brew and fun way to end the VE series.

4.1
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Deep, black pour, opaque, with three fingers of caramel foam. Slightly Belgian nose, bitter roast finish. As this beer warms, the dark fruit nose becomes more and more apparent, and the full malt body covers the burnt roast bitter. When at appropriate temp, this beer is very well rounded.

3.9
BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Belmont bottle about 7-8 months old. Pours super dark with big, brown foamy head and sheets of lacing. Huge spicy aroma that reminds me of Christmas from trees to gingerbread. Big bold flavor that starts with spruce and spice but settles out into some nice roasted malt and a hint of bitterness. Lots going on here but well done. All’s well that ends well.

3.9
boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque dark brown color. There was a huge tan head on it that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. The nose is interesting. There are a lot of spices in there. Allspice, cinnamon, faint ginger clove and orange. While they aren’t overpowering on their own, they seem to be keeping any malts and hops hidden. Interesting taste. Pretty fair amount of spices mingling together, along with some chocolate. There is some bitterness coming through, as well as some fruits in the finish. A very interesting brew.

4.1
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Smooth and well-rounded chocolate and mild clove/cinnamon. Sweet and a bit cloying as it warms. Finishes with earthy spices and dark sugars. Excellent. Shame it was a one-off.

4.1
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The aroma is filled with exotic spices. It pours a chocolatey opaque brown. The flavor is allspice, smoke, cinnamon, clove. It has a rich and full mouth-feel. Very good beer. Exotic.

3.5
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle. Pour thick black with frothy dark brown head and bit of lacing. Smell is a giant amount of Holiday spices, dark roasted malts, some cocoa. Taste was the same with all kinds of spices coming through. After reading the label I can pick up most of what is being described. Creamy chocolated mouth. Spicy, roasted finish. For it being mid-July and this being more of a Christmas beer it drank rather nice.

3.6
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a creamy head.
Aroma: Pumpkin spice medley of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Taste: Slightly bitter with lots of spices and some cocoa.
Palate: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: This is okay, but too spiced.


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