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 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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3.5
CH-303 (2229) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 21, 2013
Appearance: Dark, dark brown, oily. Lots of tan head. Aroma: Dark malt, spices, roasted, sweetness, coffee. Prunes? Taste: Dark malt, coffee bitterness, roasted, chocolate. Nice! Info: 650ml bottle, 21/8-2013

2.7
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bomber into glass, dark black pour with brown head.. Aroma is hard to explain, some spice, weird..maybe licorice.... Taste is odd also, et hopps, some faint oranvge expresso, and weird to say but small hints of fish, dnt think i like it.. :/

4.2
tia (2221) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 Bottle @ RG 21. Very dark. Smells spicy and dry/sweet. Lots of metallic in the taste. Fairly light-bodied with some spice. original 3.2. Re-rate 7/15. Had this lurking in the fridge for a few years. Cleaning out, plus no palate fatigue. Still getting some spice maybe allspice or clove. Aged well. Reminds me of Xmas. Nice and complex. Nothing metallic this go ’ round.

3.3
GTAEgeek (2217) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
On tap at Summit’s. Dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is cereals, caramel, cinnamon, and dates. Sweet, with a very dry finish. Medium to heavy body, velvety, grainy, and astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer; thick, dry, and fairly difficult to drink, but tasty nonetheless.

3.4
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is black with a medium sized khaki head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and roast. Flavor is tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, belgian yeast, spice, roast, and dark fruit. Finish and aftertaste is cinnamon sticks and gingerbread.

3.7
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that has good retention. Aroma has a big dose of clove and nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread, floral sweetness, fruitcake, burnt dark sugar and fig. Taste has big flavors of clove, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, allspice. Tastes like Christmas in a glass. The finish lingers charred malt, candied orange and sweet figs. Medium body with low carbonation that leads to a slightly foamy feel and a smooth finish.

3.2
conway (2210) - - JAN 19, 2013
Pours dark ruby with little head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste is much of the same. Not much to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
boto (2210) - 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.

3.2
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours near black with a creamy, espresso head. This is much darker than I expected and smells more like a pumpkin porter. Aroma is very much dominated by the spices. Taste is semi-sweet with a bit of roast and bitterness. Finish is dry. This is one I’d be interested in trying with some age because the spices are a bit too agressive for me. Not bad though.

4.5
kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.


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