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RATINGS: 667   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 year’s edition. This year’s 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 it’s 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 beer…but 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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3.9
HeadyDE (874) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..

2.9
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 it’ll be a little more palatable. Serving type: bottle

4.3
MarinEvelyn (868) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Slightly smells like a baking muffin. Strong spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Medium body taste, starts off a little sweet, spices, but ends a little more roasty,drier. The spices sweetness lingers in the background though.

4.3
PhatB420 (855) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22oz bomber into a 16.9oz stemmed belgian glass while super storm Nemo wrecks the east coast. Pours a stout dark black, likeness to mild tar and pleasant carcoal. Thick and foamy medium head the covers the liquid nicely and then separates and glisens around the top. Taste is tart cherry, cinnamon, fig pie, dark cherry candies/dinner mints, and sugared peppermint.. Outstanding in the depths that the flavours mesh together while masking the abv wonderfully. My first take on the vertical series, its unfortunate I missed out on the rest. Pepper hits the noes constantly as this one goes down as well. Full bodied, with a dry begining countered by a balanced spice attack. Fulfilling, genuine, and tasty. Glad I picked this one up.

3.6
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle. Holy spice bomb....seriously...spice bomb. Pours a thick black tar with a sticky brown head. Not sure how I feel about this, tons of flavor such as cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. Nice belly burn. Sort of a nice holiday or fall beer. Still good, but not really into spices in my brew.

2.9
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
I’ve never reviewed one of these VE ales before, so as luck would have it, my good friend picked up a bottle and agreed to share it with me. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes. A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a creamy one-finger khaki shade. The general appearance is almost stout-like. S: Stone really didn’t dick around with the spices, did they? There is insane cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg on the nose. The eye-watering spiciness evokes Harpoon’s (overspiced) Winter Warmer in a way. Still, I’d love more of the base beer to come through. T: The aroma didn’t deceive me, this is spiced to fuck and back. It opens with a heavy-handed explosion of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. After a while, it fades into a long dark fruit finish (plums, mainly). Touches of roasted nuts also appear. Complexity is good, but unfortunately it’s complex in a messy, imbalanced way. M: This one has a pretty thick body. A shame it had to follow the devastatingly drinkable La Terrible, because this one just seemed indolent and flabby in comparison. Still, alcohol is decently concealed. O: This brew is meh not because it’s boring and lacking pizzazz, but because it’s pizzazz is haphazard and unfocused. That, and Christmas in July kind of sucks.

4.3
HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours dark black, thick tan head. Aroma of allspice and nutmeg and cloves, taste is spice and finish is spicy. Tasty beer.

3.8
Alpha10 (830) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
2014/04/15 - Pours an opaque black colour with a large, frothy, tan head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is prunes, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, gingerbread, all spice and mild molasses. Taste follows nose; pumpkin spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), gingerbread, clove, molasses and some mild roast and wood notes. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and oily, with lively, carbonation and a bitter/sweet drying finish. Really enjoyed this one. Has a real pumpkin stout quality to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
RickTStiles (827) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours black with a thick lasting brown head with plenty of lacing. Huge bready sweet aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is pumpkin, citrus, nuts and bananas. Finish is Light but rich.

3.6
dnoaksson (826) - , SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bara om en hyperinflation drabbade Sverige och återförsäljare av Vertical Epic glömde att justera det nominella värdet till det eskalerande konsumentprisindexet har det här ölet en chans att överbrygga glappet mellan pris och värde. Det spelar ingen roll att den mångdimensionella smakupplevelsen öppnar sig som valv efter valv oändligt (Tranströmer, nästa gång bjuder jag på en vers, tummis!). Högst ett dussin öl som jag har provat genom åren skulle jag ens komma på tanken att punga ut en hundring för. Vertical Epic hör dessvärre inte till den utvalda skaran.


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