Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 668   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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beersak (93) - akron, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Excellent spicy beer with Christmas flavors. Black color with creamy tan-white head. Overall excellent flavor! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 19, 2013
Dark Brown with a brown head; excellent lacing retention. Very rich smell of caramel, pumpkin pie, spice, plums, and malts. Taste is rich taste of spices, caramel, plums, piney hops and spruce; Aftertaste is a bit resiny. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild and adds quite a bit to the flavor. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had from Stone yet, and one of the best strong ales I’ve ever had

thorongil2 (3571) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent

gyllenbock (10034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget in February 2013. Almost black with a brownish head. A lot of "Christmas" spices in this one, both in the aroma and taste. Particularly ginger and pepper. Crazy and all over the place. Not my kind of beer.

allenyen (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
pours a thick black with a light brown head. it has strong flavors of cinnamon and allspice with hints of coffee/chocolate. lots of spice flavor with a slight bitterness at the end. this is a delightful beer to drink, but not one i would drink bottle after bottle.

Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in. T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well. M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable. O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down it’ll be a little more palatable. Serving type: bottle

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2013
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing light beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some cinnamon and allspice. Starts with pretty good fullness and light effervescence with a toasted dark malty sweetness and lots of earthy spices and smooth bitter balance with some lingering clove spice. Has good complexity and should age well.

greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Holy spice bomb....seriously...spice bomb. Pours a thick black tar with a sticky brown head. Not sure how I feel about this, tons of flavor such as cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. Nice belly burn. Sort of a nice holiday or fall beer. Still good, but not really into spices in my brew.

VALIS (235) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Very spicy, clove in particular, also a little cinnamon, nutmeg, black licorice. And clove. Did I mention clove? Because there’s a lot of it here. The spices actually mellow out as the beer warms to room temperature, or my tastebuds were just blown by that point. Sounds like I didn’t like it and that’s not true, but you really need to be in the mood for a liquid spice cabinet.

stt0229 (6) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
Definitely one of my favorites of the series. Great front end and after notes are not overpowering. Smooth and flavorful.

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