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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and its fairly interesting, not that its my favorite but I havent had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks Brett! Well the gimmick is over, a nice looking beer with lots of deep hues in the color, but the taste is as stone describes it, with a womp of spice, too much spice that muddles together..

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (1474) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
A dark black pour with thick brown head. Has a sweet aroma of liquorish, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweet taste full of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and roasted. Coffee/espresso aftertaste but nothing too strong or bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap @ Stone OSide. Dark brown pour with a nicely sized tan head. Aroma is a traffic jam of spices with clove (although lighter than prior vertical epics) and a sharp, herbal bitterness. Taste a ton of spices including cinamon, pepper, licorice, anise), tobacco, minimal sweetness, and a lingering bitterness. Yeast character in the taste is minimal. Clean, relatively dry mouthfeel. Aggressive and over the top at the moment I think this beer will drink better in a few years.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1461) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2013
can smell the spices and high alcohol...mainly smells of dark fruit like plum...taste is very bold with dark fruits and slight spices, mostly ginger and allspice? Good taste but flavor is just a tad too bold...a bit hard to drink without a meal

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
A - pours opaque black brown with low espresso head. S - cinnamon, cloves and a lot of nutmeg. Tangy raw cacao, chalky chocolate, espresso. Notes of vegetal matter and licorice. M - tangy medium bodied. Tangy to a sweet sticky end. T - cloves cinnamon and nutmeg nutmeg up front. Tangy ginger snaps, raw cacao, espresso and earthy vegetal malts in the palate. Lingering bitter grassy vegetal malts. O - interesting spiced holiday brew. 3.9 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1457) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Opague black color topped by a small creamy tan head. Spicy roasted malt aroma hints at yeasty dried fruit. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with notes of cinnamon, allspice, burnt caramel and dried fruit. Noticeable resiny hops in finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1453) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bomber into snifter glass. Deep dark brown/black with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, licorice, clove and fruity Belgian yeast. Taste adds more spiciness (adding allspice, nutmeg and rosehips to aroma spices), some coffee, dark fruit, ending with a nice hop bite. Heavy body, average carbonation, rich, complex with a dry warm finish. Its fun trying to figure out all the flavors, kind of a spices bomb. Overall very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark, basically opaque dark brown. Lots of head on it, dark coffee-brown. Raisin, cinnamon in the smell. Has a nice light fizzy feel, bot quite what I expected from it. Pretty good, a decent sweetness to it. Perhaps a little too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1431) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
One of the best aromas on a beer. Not my favorite tasting with a bit of a funky after taste.


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