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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Rated 3/14/14. Bottle. Pours ink black. Small creamy brown head, partly lasting with good lace. Aroma features spices as described, along with some roastiness, molasses, fudge. Lighter full body. Spicy, soft sweetness, leading to earthy, dry hoppiness, ash, leading to chocolatey roasty. Alcohol warming in the chest. Finish is light mild bitter, spiced, semi dry, some unintrusive alcohol. Awesome complexity. Amazing how much flavor there is here. Some of the spice whomp has probably been subdued over the last year plus. Really need to take your time with it to truly appreciate it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
Aroma of crazy gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Pours deep brown with a good film. Taste is great with roast, dry rub rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. Great great vertical.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
RSRIZZO (1980) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 38. Color is black with light carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma is Christmas spice with notes of ginger, allspice and dish soap. It has a medium body with a rich and sharp mouth feel. Flavor is a big punch of clove, nutmeg and ginger covered in cinnamon then an old stale apple taste shows. After taste is dry with the stale apple and cinnamon clinging on like tar. Overall this thing just sucks, one of the worst brews I have ever had. What a sad over spiced mess for the last Vertical Epic.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1972) - Taunton, Massachusetts, 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1968) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and theres a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Jerrys Stone Event. Black with good, creamy, brown head / Bright, complex, somewhat delicate nose of baking spice, chocolate, and molasses / Medium to full body, a touch thin, malty and sweet, moderate hop balance, with lots of spice in the finish / Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, rosehip, orange peel, semisweet chocolate, and coffee / Not my taste, being a chocolate Christmas spice beer, and could have used a bigger body, but still well done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1961) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1951) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
On tap at BrewDog Manchester. Near black shade with a tan head. Aroma filled with winter spice. Taste has waves of dark maltiness and lots more Christmassy spice notes. I normally have little problem with heavy spiced beers but they were a bit overdone here for me.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1938) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours black with a brown head an aroma of spices and cloves. Taste is of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice with a bittersweet, long finish. Delicious beer, unique and great tasting for a Belgain

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roast malt, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Flavor is big spice, cinnamon, clove, a little roast malt and some dark fruit. Very dry with the spiciness throwing this out of balance.


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