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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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very good

1,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 421 | FT: 16
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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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.


This beer pours a deep red with the slightest amount of haze. There was a khaki head that was around 2 fingers, and it stuck around for a little while. There was a decent amount of lacing. Not much visible carbonation. Overall, it's a decent looking beer.


The first few sniffs reminded me of a bigger Belgian ale - perhaps a Tripel or Quad. There's a nice sweetness to the nose. There is some big dark fruit notes and earthiness as well. The Flanders yeast gives it a Belgian spice character that has nice clove notes and some banana. Surprisingly, I get very little (if any) of the Cinnamon and Anaheim chilli.


The taste matches the nose fairly closely. There is a definite Belgian yeast ester flavor, giving it notes of clove, banana, and black pepper. Big dark fruit flavors come out as it warms. After awhile, the chillies make their first appearance. It's very subtle, just giving it the tiniest bit of warmth. Alcohol is present, but not in a huge way. There is a fruity sweetness that only intensifies as it warms. Like the nose, I don't find any cinnamon at all.


The beer starts off with a decent body, then has a dry finish. The chilli makes the dryness a bit more pronounced. The carbonation is minimal. There is a good amount of warmth from this beer, which comes from both the alcohol and the chilli.


This is an interesting beer. It's sort of like a wacky Belgian-style beer... Well, that's exactly what it is, actually. It doesn't really taste like any other beer I've had, but it's also not that unfamiar. I have no idea how it will age, but I can't wait to find out!


Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:13:08 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a clear copper color. beautiful beer.
s - roast and chocolate with a hint of belgian yeast.
t - bready and chocolate with a slightly spicy finish.
m - big and chewy.
o - i remember enjoying this one at a VE tasting but being able to drink this much of it was great.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 18:14:03 | More by GPHarris
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-22-2014 17:06:07 | More by curlybird
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2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bought at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN.
Drank from snifter glass.

A - Cloudy. Dark amber/brown color. Minimum carbonation with a lasting 1/2-1/4" head. Lacing is low to moderate.
S - Lots of DMS (canned corn) smell up front. Slight spiciness.
T - Tastes of DMS as well. Slight nuttiness. Jalapeño? finish.
M - Heavy body. Sticky and lasting.
O - I couldn't get past the DMS flavor and smell of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:44:05 | More by Nova_K
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-21-2014 08:51:32 | More by mrjez
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West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into Stone snifter

A- pours a deep ruby brown color with some sediment floating around, small foamy off-white head that reduces to a small ring around the edges

S- lots of similarities to a Flanders Red, tart apple & cherries, a hint of cinnamon with banana sweetness, a little bit of singing heat from the pepper

T- the Anaheim pepper flavor is pronounced up front, no heat but very peppery flavor. Slightly tart yeasty flavor gives notes of red apple and cherry, faint cinnamon and banana on the finish with a sweet finish

M-medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a syrupy & foamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish

O- the flavor of this reminded me of sweet pepper jelly, but was very good surprisingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 00:27:46 | More by Treyliff
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 06:08:51 | More by zestar
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2014 02:01:53 | More by CUbeerfan
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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 23:40:08 | More by WoodBrew
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-07-2014 01:29:22 | More by GClarkage
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

07-05-2014 00:38:15 | More by strohme2
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-03-2014 16:44:55 | More by BigV
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-29-2014 20:17:42 | More by nleaders
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-28-2014 23:31:11 | More by LakerLeith
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-28-2014 22:43:38 | More by Rothobinide
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3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer a few times when it was very fresh. I rated it as one of my top beers on BA because it was absolutely delicious. I saved a couple bottles and opened them just recently (2014) and it was not good at all. This beer dropped off quite a bit, I would encourage BAs to steer away from this one if you see it again in the stores. Not a good one once it has some age on it. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 09:16:12 | More by TrevorWGrover
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-21-2014 04:26:57 | More by Roberto11232
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-19-2014 18:08:05 | More by Joe_Mahma
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1.43/5  rDev -62%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers I've ever tried. It tasted like someone put some Anaheim chilies in a blender and poured copious amounts of the puree into an already unbalanced beer.

I've had some ok chili beers, but this one was literally undrinkable. Any other redeeming qualities it might have had (mouthfeel, appearance) were completely overshadowed by the putrid chili taste. I like Anaheim peppers, and I like beer, but this mix was wretched.

Split a 22oz with a friend, each took a couple sips, and we both poured it out on the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 21:06:28 | More by Gron10
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-12-2014 23:14:22 | More by tmbgnicu
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-09-2014 17:01:06 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-09-2014 01:11:40 | More by wolf_switzer
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-08-2014 02:20:07 | More by TheRougeBastard
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-08-2014 01:23:33 | More by frlrv1020
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

06-03-2014 18:05:42 | More by rab53
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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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