Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 674   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 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 Id be interested in trying with some age because the spices are a bit too agressive for me. Not bad though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle. The end. A: Opaque black with a thin brown head. Sticks to the side of the glass. N: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chili pepper, molasses allspice, and pumpkin. To call this Christmas in a bottle might make it sound better than it is, but its apt. T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of flavor, but theyre not what Id call good - in fact its more of a massive overload. M: Thick and dry. Medium bodied. O: This is my least favorite by far. Theres just too much going on here, and it never comes together - its the throw everything into the kettle approach which I dont much like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
having had all of the verticals except 2- Damn you Mike for bringing that to a Dallas tasting after i left the state- i can say that the 08 was the best. although id have to check my ratings to find out if i felt that way in the moment. anyway had an 8 last night, a 4 this morning, and now the 12. onto the beer: black pour with a thicjk brown head. aroma is a bunch of spice, cinnamon, something like sage and allspice mixed in. really smells the spices my aunt puts on ham- better in the aroma than the ham, seriously, Grace, Stop messing with the ham. it is ham, i love you, but it does not need anything except more ham. might as well try to make water more wet. the spices carry over to the flavor, light cocoa(or is it the appearance that makes me imagine that, ive often wondered if that happens to me. the air is thick with the chipotle rice i am cooking to go with my salmon, but the spices are still strong here. love the texture of this, like goldilocks porridge in its own way. hot porridge is better anyway, you blonde bitch. something slightly mustardy in this, i despise mustard almost as much as i hate Jackie Detmer. i hope that whore changed her name after she drove my friend to suicide. something in the finish reminds me of getting a big ass chocolate shake from whataburger and eating the whole chemical concoction back in the day. this is a good and bad thing- seriously back in the day they would sell a half gallon motherfucking shake. i was much larger then, but by the time i got to the last quarter of that 4000 calorie behemoth it took on a life of its own, like picking at a scab or tongueing a sore spot in your mouth, i could not stop even though i should. and that same flavor would develop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Dark even brown with a dense brown coffee colored head. Aroma is earth and spice, not unlike an imperial pumpkin. Taste is the same, with a complex boquet of spices, not unlike a german chocolate christmas cookie, and it finishes with a dry baking cocao bitterness, and alcohol warmth $7/22oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2178) - 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 arent 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2173) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
12 oz bottle, rated 07-11 before this- Pours pitch black with a huge mocha colored head, beautiful beer! Aroma is unusual, ginger is huge, chilies are there, regardless of what my mates say, bastards! I get a floral note, very complex and very nice. Taste is ginger again, it imparts a dryness and complexity that is very unique, cinnamon and other spices are there and accounted for. I really enjoyed this beer, one of the best in the series!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (2171) - 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. Im not sure what rose hips taste like, but Im 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (2159) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (2149) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle to glass. Massive spices of pumpkin pie with slight floral. Black with a brown head that lingers. Spices slightly more restrained in the flavor with malt backbone in support. Bitter finish and some bready yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Smell is a huge amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, alcohol, and a touch of fresh hops. Pretty smooth drinking, but all of the spices make it pretty sweet and a sipping beer. Not really my thing, but for what it is, it is good.

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