Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: December 27, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy layers of lace
Aroma: sweet dark belgian aroma, dark fruits, sweet esters, lots of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of clove, roasted malt
Flavor: big spicy flavor, sweet cinnamon, a tad too much clove, dark fruits try to balance the spices but have no sweetness to back it up, bitterness follows the spices for a spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2017
bottle. near black with one finger head. malty and dry. nutmeg and cinnamon, a little ginger warmth. dark chocolate. finishes bitter. there's some age evident, but it's smoothed out nicely over nearly five years.

dorain (652) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2017
Vom Fass im Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-01 getrunken. Also mit Belgische Bier verbinde ich hier nun wirklich nichts. Ok bei diesen dunklen Starkbier gibt es eine deutliche Hopfennote, so das ich eher auf ein English Strong Ale tippen würde. Neben der Malznote dominiert hier eine wuchtige Note von Gewürznelken. Ich sag mal das ist ein spannend Bier und keins für zwischendurch!

gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Poured an oily black with a rich brown creamy head. The head went down fairly quickly and left some light lacing. The aroma was not shy and full of various aromas. It was full of cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg and chocolate. There was a bit of a sweetness in the aroma as well. The beer had a silky smooth texture and full of great flavors. There was a hint of a slight smoke in the beer and a hint of nuttiness. There was a light sweetness to the beer, but also a hint of dark chocolate bitterness. There was also some nutmeg and molasses in the flavor as well. This beer is very complex and the longer you drank it more flavors came out and on the finish the palate was just discovering new flavors. Excellent beer!. Glad I was able to let it age 4 yrs.

kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle shared with and courtesy of an on-heat platypus on an Artic Den Haag winter’s eve. Black with a beige head. Aroma of spice, cardamom, bay leaves, curry powder, caramel and cinnamon. Flavour is above moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to light full bodied with soft carbonation.

Svartvit (950) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle shared at deanso’s. Close to black with a tan head. Full of spices, ginger, bay lea, almost curry-like. Medium sweet, roasty bitter. Medium body. Loe carbonation.

deanso (10101) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 20, 2016
66cl bottle shared with Kermis and Svartwit. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Herbal aftertaste.

PhillyCraft (7934) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Tap, Pours a black color with coffee head and nice lacing. Aroma is heavy on Winter spices: Sage, Christmas tree, cinnamon, plum wine and caramel malt. Flavor is just as spiced with some douglas fir, rosemary, nutmeg, and sweet malts. Couldn’t finish a whole pour of this one.

jinroh (2277) - ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2016
Dark brown, almost black with some beige bubbles on top. Aroma has some christmas spices, gingerbread and cinnamon. Tastes also very Christmasy - or should I say that even feels a bit like a pumpkin beer, although its not. Insane amount of spices in a strong dark ale.

TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2016
Medium dark brown color. Someone dumped the spice rack into this with tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla.

drpimento (3760) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Aroma is mainly spice with a little Licorice and molasses hint of malt. Flavor is similar to nose but with toasted malts coming out to balance the heavy spices but it’s not very effective. It’s okay but it’s one of my least favorites Stone beers.

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