Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 674   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 years edition. This years 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 its 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 beerbut 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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Glass at RHSG. Dark brown/black medium beige head. Aroma: nutmeg, raisins and chocolate. Taste: Sweet and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, full body, dry finish. Overall a better than average Belgian strong ale.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Poured an oily black with a rich brown creamy head. The head went down fairly quickly and left some light lacing. The aroma was not shy and full of various aromas. It was full of cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg and chocolate. There was a bit of a sweetness in the aroma as well. The beer had a silky smooth texture and full of great flavors. There was a hint of a slight smoke in the beer and a hint of nuttiness. There was a light sweetness to the beer, but also a hint of dark chocolate bitterness. There was also some nutmeg and molasses in the flavor as well. This beer is very complex and the longer you drank it more flavors came out and on the finish the palate was just discovering new flavors. Excellent beer!. Glad I was able to let it age 4 yrs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (12488) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle shared with and courtesy of an on-heat platypus on an Artic Den Haag winters eve. Black with a beige head. Aroma of spice, cardamom, bay leaves, curry powder, caramel and cinnamon. Flavour is above moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to light full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svartvit (409) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle shared at deansos. Close to black with a tan head. Full of spices, ginger, bay lea, almost curry-like. Medium sweet, roasty bitter. Medium body. Loe carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9924) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2016
66cl bottle shared with Kermis and Svartwit. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Herbal aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6897) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Tap, Pours a black color with coffee head and nice lacing. Aroma is heavy on Winter spices: Sage, Christmas tree, cinnamon, plum wine and caramel malt. Flavor is just as spiced with some douglas fir, rosemary, nutmeg, and sweet malts. Couldnt finish a whole pour of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1456) - ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2016
Dark brown, almost black with some beige bubbles on top. Aroma has some christmas spices, gingerbread and cinnamon. Tastes also very Christmasy - or should I say that even feels a bit like a pumpkin beer, although its not. Insane amount of spices in a strong dark ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2016
Medium dark brown color. Someone dumped the spice rack into this with tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (3461) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Aroma is mainly spice with a little Licorice and molasses hint of malt. Flavor is similar to nose but with toasted malts coming out to balance the heavy spices but its not very effective. Its okay but its one of my least favorites Stone beers.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olsvammel (6843) - rebro, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very spicy with cinnamon and some other spices I relate to christmas. Some dark malts. Similar taste, very strong. Christmasy. Too much spices.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (593) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Black color. Chocolate aromas, cinnamon and ginger. Chocoalte tasting, oranges, yeast, ginger... almost like gingerbread. Well balanced finish, sweet and spicy.


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