Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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badmansam (80) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
750ml Bottle @ Earl of Essex 2013/4/17 Hints of just about every flavour I don’t enjoy in a beer - liquorice, cloves, aniseed, star anise, sour milk. Perfect carbonation and body. Very impressive. Just wish I could have enjoyed it.

Cunningham (8395) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a beige head. Ok lacing
Aroma: Roasted malt and rich Christmas spicy (cinnamon).
Palate: Full body. A bit sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Complex beer. Roasted malt, espresso, rich spicy (cinnamon) and a bit fruity. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A really nice and powerful ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with SaintMatty.

lopisar (255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Light brown foam, black color. Sweet smell, raisins. Creamy Dark, sweet. Nice taste.

omhper (25742) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Pitch black with small beige head. Aroma of nutmeg and pine. Sweet with fudge and molasses with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Molasses, nutmeg and cinnamon dominates completely. Heavy and powerful. Long herbal bitterness with some ink. Unbalanced.

ghostbear12 (3) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
Christmas. Dark. Heavy. Cream. Warm, and refreshing. Wish I had another few.

adamhorror (84) - USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours black like a stout but not as thick body-wise. Not much head, I didn't pour too vigorously to create a large head. Aroma is spicy, similar to gingerbread but not as strong as hops cut through. Taste is spicy, very Christmas ale-ish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Merry Mischief with less flavor. Palate is hoppy, cinnamon, ginger, not very watery but a tad thin for its appearance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bomber into snifter glass. Deep dark brown/black with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, licorice, clove and fruity Belgian yeast. Taste adds more spiciness (adding allspice, nutmeg and rosehips to aroma spices), some coffee, dark fruit, ending with a nice hop bite. Heavy body, average carbonation, rich, complex with a dry warm finish. It’s fun trying to figure out all the flavors, kind of a spices bomb. Overall very enjoyable.

Braudog (6836) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours like a deep, dark secret ... brooding and black/red and totally opaque, with a full-up head of heavy, pock-marked foam. The aroma is meaty and aggressive, and carries over a foot from the glass to my nasal passages, hinting at some rough clove and maybe a wee bit whiskey. The drink is an adventure, a gritty and slightly dirty quaff, the almost Christmas-y blend of spices taking the predominate roll. Nice way to finish off this series. (Beer #5,000!!, 5/4/2013)

john_henry (170) - - MAY 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Pours a lovely dark beer. Small dark head, that fits the perfect carbonation. Interesting spicy aroma and almost medicinal taste. Very morish, will definitely be re-visiting this one.

ThreeCats (1002) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie.

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