Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 668   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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Arayaga2 (2224) - 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

3.3
Kevin (2217) - Montana, 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 i’d 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, i’ve 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 goldilock’s porridge in it’s 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 it’s 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.

3.7
ROGUE (2216) - 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
dcschiller (2211) - 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.

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

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MaBeer1972 (2207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.

4.3
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - 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!

3.7
wchesser (2162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle with almost 2 years on it now. Deep brown black-wasn’t expecting that at all with nice looking coffee crema ring. Aroma of nutmeg, cloves, Christmas/pumpkin spices. Taste is spice heavy, but actually well balanced-too much for my personal tastes but not over the top. Creamy mouth feel. Alright.

3.8
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.

3.2
Foxbush (2142) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
22oz bottle The Epic poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small brown head. This is a very different ale. The nose picks up cloves and cinnamon. The ale is medium bodied with soft carbonation. There are flavors of caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. I also noted some dark chocolate. The finish lingers in your mouth with the dominate cloves. This is definitely an interesting beverage, but the spices obscure beer like flavors.


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