Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a fairly clean dark amber, slightly cherry hue with a good fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving good amounts of lacing.
S: Sweet bready yeast, banana esters and grainy malt - very Belgian smelling, cinnamon sticks, light hop and just a hint of chile and booze.
T: Ah there's the chile - though detectable in the nose, I was hoping for more of a showcase in the flavor and I was not let down. Sweet toasted malt, the banana is there too, midway the booze is detectable but not at all offensive, then the chile lays on thick, balanced perfectly with a more earthy than spicy cinnamon (not at all what I expected when I read this one had cinnamon added) - very subtle and earthy and really compliments the chile well. These guys know what they're doing!
M: On the bigger side of medium-bodied, the carbonation is light and lends perfectly to the style and creaminess of this brew. Someone complained about an oily quality in the mouthfeel, and I agree on the lingering oiliness - which is from the chile, but I really like this aspect. Stone often accomplishes this with oiliness from the hop, but here they've achieved this quality with oil from the chiles added - super bomb!
Overall far from a session beer, but I don't think that was Stone's intention by any means, but as a quality sipper to enjoy from time to time, this one is up there with some of the best.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2011 02:13:56 | More by DeanMoriarty
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3.84/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a large tulip glass
Aged about one year and two months
Appearance- Pours a deep ruby red with a large release of bubbles as the glass was turned upright. The bubble explosion created an anxious head that came on strong in size and slowly diffused back into the body. No lacing was perceived.
Smell- Very fruity, with a hint of apple? Almost smells like a wine, possibly hinting at the ABV content.
Taste- Comes on with a very subtle fruit and malt 1-2 jab which led to the knockout chocolate/chili hay-maker. Very smooth and the change was unexpected but greatly appreciated.
Mouthfeel- Smooth with very light carbonation. Medium body feel that coats the mouth and quickly recedes down to the palette towards the esophagus.
Overall- A very good brew. Like the bottles describes – it is definitely an epic journey with twists in the plot. Comes on fruity and malty with a sweetness of caramel that flips to a spicy cinnamon with a full flavor of the exotic chili and some chocolate. No real hint at the ABV, which is 9.4%. A great drink that I’d like to enjoy again. (Really pairs well as a chaser with dragon berry rum. May try adding some to the beer for a little extra kick)
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 00:03:19 | More by Geegmasta
4.29/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
General: Got this from the Stone Beer Garden in downtown San Diego. I couldn't believe that they still had a couple of bottle of this so I picked up a couple. Poured it into my New Belgium tulip glass to enjoy tonight!
Appearance: Dark brown with ruby color with an off white head. The head disappears pretty quickly and doesn't have much lacing.
Aroma: There is an aroma of the red wine bottle that this was aged in, pretty nice. There is a touch of something spiced too. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I would expect but still very nice. Carbonation is pretty mild
Taste: This is really strange. I'm not too sure about this flavor. There is a hint of the cinnamon and chills but the biggest flavor is the red wine barrel aging.
Overall: It's good, I enjoy it but it's not something that I will want all that often. It's unfortunate that this is retired because it's kind of weird and quirky and it would be fun every once in a while.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 05:32:53 | More by BeerEngineer
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.
A: Deep brown ruby color with slight head.
S: Apple cider / pie smell. A bit of heat from the chile in the nose, but really faint.
T: Apple, cinnamon taste with hints of clove spice.
M: Creamy mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Not much chile heat.
O: Good, but not great. Was left wanting more from the taste and smell, especially with the chiles. Aging might bring out more complexity.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2014 20:43:39 | More by blindtiger24
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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