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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (11224) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Motel Room, Motel 6, Kingman, AZ
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long spiced and orange finish. Medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: December 27, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy layers of lace
Aroma: sweet dark belgian aroma, dark fruits, sweet esters, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of clove, roasted malt
Flavor: big spicy flavor, sweet cinnamon, a tad too much clove, dark fruits try to balance the spices but have no sweetness to back it up, bitterness follows the spices for a spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10334) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from Capones. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2013-02-22. Very dark brown black body, small beige head. 3++ Modest aroma is pleasant, subtle spice, whispers of nutmeg. 7+ Flavour is fairly strongly spiced as well, nutmeg and allspice are both fairly prominent, cloves, sweet malt core, quite bitter in the finish, lingering bitterness and spice. 7++ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I think I enjoy it more in small quantities as the spice is quite assertive. Bottle shared by Blankboy.

"Hey! Youre the unfriendly one, why are you licking my finger?"

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (10141) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottled shared with Steven - Cheers! Wow. Pours dark with a thin tan head, good tight bubbles that last. Aroma is a complex blend of sugar and spice and the merest whiff of alcohol. Taste is the same, with added fruit and perfectly judged hop bitterness. Finish goes on and on. Each returning sip is like revisiting an old friend. Wish I had more than one left.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (10043) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Tap at Muddy Pig. Dark pour with a creamy tan head. Lots of gingerbread and molasses in this, sweet and spicy. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9993) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark brown, generous head. Spicy chocolate, lightly yeasty, spicy bitterness. I was initially surprised to find no heat, but I see now that peppers were left out of the equation for this one. Another solid special release by Stone, and yet more proof that they are capable of making something other than a bitter bomb. Loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck. Pours a deep black with a medium to thick tanned beige head. Soft toast and roast, sweet spices, nothing overpowering. Smells a bit of a holiday or winter spiced beer, cool and smooth. Medium bodied, warming initially, sweet roast and a touch of minerally spices. Very interesting and not what I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised. A touch minty, nice spices and bitter bakers cocoa. Remarkably well balanced, nothing stands out in any distracting way. Long soft dark chocolate with a touch of spice. Never hot and boozy. Really liked this one.


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