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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Very dark black color. Aroma of dark fruit and cocoa. Sips med to full with currant and anise. Middle has Asian food like spice flavor mild carbonation and finishes smooth cola like sweetness. Very nice complex brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (918) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendans 12/12/12 party! Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma has a lot of roastyness, chocolate malt, nuts, spices, rather dry. Taste is very spicy, with a lot of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, with roasted malt, wood. Lingering dry spiciness. Different, tasty beer. Good ending to the series.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (915) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle: pours dark black with a frothy tan head, aroma is sweet with some spices, taste is spiced with some chocolate flavor as well but not too sweet, very dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thetmaxx (913) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Korvspad i doft. Kryddnejlika så det skriker om det. På tok för överkryddad. Hur tänkte dom här??? Första gången jag vaskar en Stone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (893) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours jet black with brown head. Aroma of spicy, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, dried cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is clove, roasty, peat, port wine. Quite Spicy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle pours opaque brownish black with thin oily head. Roast, toffee, coffee, allspice, cinnamon. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied and crisp. A tad acidic. This is classified as a Belgian, but it reminds me of certain imperial stouts, albeit with some spices.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThreeCats (886) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in. T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well. M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable. O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down itll be a little more palatable. Serving type: bottle


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