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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,428 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 419 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. These bottle-conditioned ales are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy them in a "vertical" tasting. Each one unique to it's year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plotline. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition. To remind you, the remaining dates are: 12.12.12

(Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011)
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CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s a very cloudy pinkish amber colored (cinnamon red???) when held up to light, with a nice 2 finger creamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the slow side, leaving minimum spotty lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, spices, biscuit, light caramel, chili pepper, yeast, malt, herbs, syrup, lemon zest, pepper and wheat bread or grains; the cinnamon and spices dominate the nose, with some sweetness and a mix that makes that spices hard to distinguish. Almost seems like mint and cayenne pepper linger mixed with fruit after things star to fade. This is definitely a very interesting and unique nose.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more noticeable flavors like cinnamon, spices, chili pepper, biscuit, caramel, funky yeast, malt, herbs like tea leaf, syrup, coriander, lemon, pepper, wheat bread, red grapes, tart apple, pear, chalk and an odd combo of celery and Dr. Pepper soda; like the aroma, the cinnamon and spices dominate the flavor, with spicy sweetness mix with minor heat and alcohol that poke through with little jabs that add nice kicks of flavor. The ABV is pretty well hidden since the cinnamon masks it well and almost makes the liquid feel dry and powdery. This well aged version is much easier to take down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry like Pepto-Bismol, with very mild and almost watery carbonation, a medium body, and a bready cardboard finish that is full of spices, cinnamon seems to coat your tongue with chalk. It’s strange and yet kind of cool to feel this liquid and how it fades.

Overall it was very good, complex and dynamic, and a definite “experience’ beer that was one of a kind. I really appreciate the design of this beer and how it was meant to mellow and age as it approached the 12.12.12 date. This beer was not made for conservative beer drinkers, and lacked any real hop presence, which is normally the hallmark of a Stone beer; way to deviate from the norm Stone. This is the fourth time I tried this beer and it has gotten better with age. The first time I had it in December of 2011 it was just all heat and cinnamon and my brothers and I had to struggle to get through the bomber; it was a hot mess, literally. Had it a few months later and it was tolerable. Shared another bottle mid-summer of 2012 and it impressed the hell out of me; each sip was complex, different and full of flavor, with just enough spice and heat to make it really enjoyable on a clear summer night. The cinnamon faded and worked more as an accent with the chilies. There was some heat, but it was a good heat and really blended well with the malt and yeast. Tonight’s farewell bottle was quite enjoyable and I’m glad I was able to indulge in this brew on more than one occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:28:25 | More by CHickman
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My good friend decided it was time to crack the Epic from 11/11/11. The beer poured a cloudy amber with no head and no lacing. The scent carried a definite chili type spice and a faint cinnamon flare. The taste was very smooth but had big chilli at the end. The start was sweet. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I am grateful to try this beer.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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