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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Had back in 2012. Dont remember this one being too standoutish, but I do remember the nose catching my attention heavily. As a finish to the Epic Series, it wasnt as banger as I wanted it to be, I really think 10/10/10 was the ish as far as Im concerned!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4330) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
0.6l bottle brought home from Cask Pub & Kitchen. Its super super oily and what can only be described as tar black on the pour. It also has a nice medium sized dark brown head on top of this ridiculously black body. Its really spicy on the nose, something that works really well now on this day before Christmas. I get lots of cloves and lavender, ginger and a tamarind fruit acidity. There is also a ongoing cinnamon aroma in the house today as Im making skillingsboller, but i also find strong traces of it in the beer. A powerful spicy nose, but thats nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the heavy flavors in the taste! Damn! Spices on steroids. Its as thick and oily in the mouth as the pour suggested and its softly carbonated with small prickling bubbles on the tongue. Dark roasted ginger bread, almost burned with a ton of cloves, vanilla, pepper, fruit bread and allspice. So much things going on here that I know that this bottle will last for quite some time. Glad I finally got a chance to try the epic series. Wouldnt mind doing that again, but this is already somewhat over the top IMO. 23.12.2013

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkSong (363) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack bottle share. Ridiculously dark brown with faint ruby spots and a big rocky tan cap. Aroma is a lot of nutmeg, clove, gingerbread cookies. Taste is spicy bitterness, and sweet. Tingly. Spiced heat finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
2013-02-22 - tasting hosted by blankboy, with gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber c/o ... me!? Pours red/black, almost opaque, with decent creamy tan/light brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is very pleasant - plenty of spice, with citrus and lightly roasted moderately sweet malt, a bit floral - quite a bit going on, hard to pin down - maybe a touch of anise, and a real Belgian yeast character. Taste initially hit my tongue as vegetal, but that settled out quickly - possibly the massive spicing threw me off - and left me with the impression of spicespicespice; cloves, nutmeg, ginger - light roast and floral notes, but its mostly about the spice. Average body, really, really astringent from the spice, modest carbonation, long spicy finish - a little over the top, would pair amazingly with a thick beef stew, IMHO.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-1-13- Served on tap in a 10 oz tulip glass Appearance Served a pitch black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a great level of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell and aromas of clove and cinnamon. Mixed with this there is a light sweetness of some chocolate as well as a light citrus hop aroma. Taste The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor. As the taste advances further some sweet chocolate flavors come to the tongue. A coffee flavor and spice flavors of cinnamon and clove spice then develops in the taste, quickly following the fruit flavors. More toward the end, as the coffee and roast intensify some, a bitter hop flavor of a earthy and citrus nature comes to the tongue. These flavors, with a light alcohol flavor, create an odd bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer was on the average to slightly lower side for a 9% abv brew with a carbonation level that was rather average. The carbonation was good for keeping and making an easy drinking brew, although a slightly thicker body may have been nicer for the darker flavors. Overall Not really what I was expected in something that is labeled as a Belgian strong dark. It is roastier and hoppier then I would expect. It wasnt bad though as it did have quite nice transitions between a more initial roast, followed by a light sweet and spice and then finished with a hoppy flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1980) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle with almost 2 years on it now. Deep brown black-wasnt expecting that at all with nice looking coffee crema ring. Aroma of nutmeg, cloves, Christmas/pumpkin spices. Taste is spice heavy, but actually well balanced-too much for my personal tastes but not over the top. Creamy mouth feel. Alright.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours black with creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is cinnamon and clove. Taste is cinnamon maybe anise and some other spices. Dry aftertaste. Tastes like Christmas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7435) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque back with a medium creamy dark brown head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is spiced, roasty, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Flavor is lightly sweet, light bitter, spiced but not over the top, Belgian yeast esters, roasty, cocoa. Medium-light body. Pretty solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (4305) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark and spicy, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Near black body with beige creamy head. Some chocolate in the aroma and taste, mildly dry finish. Overall very complex, lots of flavors combined.


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