Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 664   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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Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bomber from Dchmela. A full bodied beer bursting with clove roasty malt and barley. I bet this pairs well with a nice steak!

dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours black with a thin off white head. Huge nose of clove and cinnamon as well as roasted grains. Smooth malt with lots of chocolate, cinnamon and roasted grain in the taste. Really amazing beer.

HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, nearly black pour, beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice. Tastes just like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and a very pleasant dark roastiness. Enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice kickoff to our VE tasting.

oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from citrus heights bevmo. Aroma is cinnamon ans spices. Color is black with brown head. Taste is hot cinnamon and ginger bread cookie.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. So this is how this ends, huh? Black pour. Thick tan head. Aroma of clove, all spice, some cinnamon and ginger. Maybe a touch of tar. Flavor is basically just clove, tons of other spice, maybe a bit of dirt. This is just so mediocre. The body is thin with blah carbonation. I’m not even sure what else to say about this.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.

thornecb (5993) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha milkshake head recedes leaving scant lacing. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Thick with smoky "bitters", caramel and licorice upfront turning to chocolate covered fruitcake before the lasting espresso and clove finish.

legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured a deep coffee colour with minimal head. Smell of nice spices- very holidays like. This followed into the flavours that had Christmas just screaming.

dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. What a great way to end an series. This beer, to me, just screams Christmas time with it’s variety of spice and flavor. Very much a Christmas because of it’s dark color and sweet spicy flavor. I really enjoyed it!

dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2012
pours black with brown head, aromas of spice up front, im picking up a lot of allspice, there is a earthy hop presence followed by roasted malts. Taste is spices up front getting cinnamon and allspice with some hop bitterness along with a very good roasty character possibly some chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this is very well balanced, everything blends together perfectly and no one flavor dominates the rest. Seems to me stone has been on a roll lately with some well crafted brews, nice stuff!

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