Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 668   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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3.8
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a dark roast finish. Medium- Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, interesting brew!

3.8
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Dark reddish-brown pour with a red-brown head. Aroma is spice, coffee, malt. Taste is dry, strong bitter. Nutmeg, some citrus, allspice, coffee,

3.8
oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from citrus heights bevmo. Aroma is cinnamon ans spices. Color is black with brown head. Taste is hot cinnamon and ginger bread cookie.

3.8
StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Picked up a bomber bottle at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Poured it into a tulip glass. Pours almost black, with a huge, fluffy tan head, and nice lacing. Big, spicy aroma, and flavors follow suit. This stuff is like Christmas in a glass...flavors of cloves, cinnamon, allspice, dark fruits. I can’t help but think of egg nog, and I love egg nog. But there is a sweet bitterness like coffee and dark chocolate underneath everything. And a mild, lingering clove aftertaste. This is a very complex and multi-layered beer that you could mellow out with and sip all night. Rich, and very good.

3.8
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle... Poured black with a nice forming, off-white head. Nose had lots of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves for sure. Thicker mouthfeel. The allspice came through initially on the palate with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetal notes, and citrus. Dark malts, molasses, almost like an anise character with all the spices combined. A nice seasonal transition; from all the spice squashy beers to the spiced holiday beers. This falls nicely in between.

3.8
BadAprilia1000 (435) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a dark dark reddish tint and although others mentioned a thick head we ended up with at thin, watery head. Aroma is very complex and interesting, notes of all sorts of spices starting at a warm cinnamon which turns into allspice and ginger with an odd bitter. The allspice is the most noticable of the spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, very hard to pick apart due to all the different spices fighting for first place on the palate. The allspice note in particular is a bit overpowering. The aftertaste settles better on the tongue than when the beer is physically on the tongue. Interesting and since it is the last of the series they have recommended cellaring, i bet that would mellow it out quite a bit and meld the flavors better.

3.8
merb (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
I was pleased to find this on tap at this point, nice little pub in Philly called The Perch Pub. But onto the beer. The first thing I get is cinnamon, it's not too much and really finished smooth, I didn't get much on the aroma spectrum but my sniffer isn't the best...very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a full tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma is clearly ginger and a host of other spices. Taste is semi-sweet roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Pretty busy, to say the least. Not especially bitter, except for that derived from the roasted grain. Another damned good Vertical!

3.8
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle. Near black pour, slight tan head. Smells great, tons of spices but none dominating. Cinnamon and ginger mostly with some citrus and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is smooth and balanced - spiced but not overpowering.

3.8
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS Snifter: Pours basically black with an initial huge tan head that left outstanding lacework upon the glassware. The nose strikes out with massive spice overtones of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice and orange zest along with the backing chocolate and walnut bread notes. Some black tea and charred smoked bacon too. Minimal hop character which would have helped IMO.

The taste is smothered sweet malts with lot of holidaze spices. The ginger really kicks it into high gear. Again, it does need more hop and espresso like bitterness for balance, nearly cloy. I can not escape the Earl Gray tea character this beer has, I like that! Some charred notes as well. The mouth feel is sticky and lush but has a dry almost thin finish. Bizarre and unique but not something I would really want more than a glass of... what to do with the rest of bomber... maybe some chocolate ice cream?


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