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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1262) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Aromas of licorice malt chocolate gingerbread and spice. Taste is awesome full rich mouth feel with a nice lingering hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is heavily spiced, I noticed nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a strong spice presence with the above mentioned flavors. Also present is a substantial licorice flavor which is not entirely unpleasant but is a bit overwhelming. Decent, this might be a little better if it had time to mellow though.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Black, nose is cinnamon, ginger, clove, some floral notes mixed in and some sweet malty sugar aroma. Flavor is cloves, gingerbread, spice, cinnamon, sugars, mild coffee. Full body, rich and medium heavy bitterness. This was just an over the top spice bomb. Drainpour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1248) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Opened 1-Aug-15, bottle poured a black hue with large frothy tan head slowly diminishing to a thin cap. Moderate to bold spiced aromas predominantly orange and cloves. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are dark toast, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orange peel, clove and lemon. Full bodied and a warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle from AJs in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside 11-11-11 and the red wine barrel version of 11-11-11 at a tasting at Dans. Pours deep black with a medium tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose it has huge notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Notes of orange peel, coffee and tobacco come through as well. The flavour is lightly sweet with espresso, chocolate and Christmas spice from the nose. The finish is long and spicy with big allspice, nutmeg and cloves, with other notes from the nose. On the palate it is full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice Christmas-spicy dark ale, complex and balanced. A great send off to a great series! 2014-06-07

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (1222) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
Svart l med stort, brunt skum. Doft: Kryddnejlika och andra rter/kryddor, vrt brd, alkohol, mintlakrits, rengringsmedel. Smak: Choklad skumbanan, pepparkaka, anis, koriander, kanel, mintlakrits, stt vrtbrd, apelsin, rdvins bl. Smaken spar ltt doften, komplex och god.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1219) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tan ring. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, hints of clove and floral rose. Taste is is spicy, bready, and semisweet. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 finishes with a spicy dryness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (1218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown/black with a decent tan had and lacing. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and chocolate, with lots of other stuff going on. Tastes sweet with a slightly drier finish. Body is full with a wonderful velvety smooth mouthfeel Alcohol is very well hidden. This one is a delight of a dessert beer. Im glad to have tried it and regret not having tried earlier years versions.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
Better than 11 VE Ale, but come on, enough with the spice for Petes sake. Interesting, complex, yes, but the Christmas pudding like flavor is just too much for me.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Wow what an appearance. Thick brown foam that lasts forever. Nice lacing. Not very aromatic. Creamy and bitter. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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