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 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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3.7
Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
0.6l bottle brought home from Cask Pub & Kitchen. It’s 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. It’s 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 I’m making skillingsboller, but i also find strong traces of it in the beer. A powerful spicy nose, but that’s nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the heavy flavors in the taste! Damn! Spices on steroids. It’s as thick and oily in the mouth as the pour suggested and it’s 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. Wouldn’t mind doing that again, but this is already somewhat over the top IMO. 23.12.2013

3.7
DarkSong (379) - 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
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
HogTownHarry (6823) - 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 it’s 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
Ferris (15266) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle - Clove, cinnamon, dark sugar and chocolate. Jet black with a nice brown head. Chocolate and dark sugars, clove and a tasty bitterness at the finish. Tastes stronger than it tastes, which is good.

3.7
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 wasn’t 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
wchesser (2073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle with almost 2 years on it now. Deep brown black-wasn’t 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
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
bytemesis (8375) - 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.

3.6
Macegan75 (845) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.


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