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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

1,435 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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adamette

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought on 11 11 11 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $8.99 into a clean, clear glass and cellared in the bottom of my fridge until now. I was trying to hold out until the recommended date of 11 11 12 but I wanted this review to be my number 1,111 for obvious reasons. Hmm…”Ale Brewed with Anaheim Chiles and Cinnamon” stamped on the side of the bottle. Sounds interesting! A special mention to my nephew Michael whose 22nd birthday was 11.11.11!

A Big, creamy and very “Stone” head that lingers satisfyingly for a while atop a dark amber or even red copper body that is translucent. Good look. 4.0

S Chiles are in the front for me. I get some cinnamon in the distance and no alcohol in the smell for me despite the healthy 9.4% ABV mentioned on the label. Nothing if not an interesting, uncommon smell to a beer. 4.0

T The chiles and cinnamon are there in the proportions that I smelled but then there is a significant wash of medium roast malt, sweet nectar goodness that washes over with every sip. This is an exceptionally good tasting beer with plenty going on to keep one’s interest up. 4.5

M Moderately thick with that syrupy malt goodness and the heat from the chiles. There may also be some “heat” from the alcohol but it is not obvious, eclipsed by the other strong tastes going on. This is an exceptional feel. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that good. I will finish the bomber but this is one big beer and I do not believe that I would want more in an evening. Overall this is an excellent beer, a real asset to the Vertical Epic Series and possibly one of my favorite. 4.0

Notes: Congratulations to Stone for producing yet another winner in the series of Vertical Epics and for allowing me to complete review number 1111!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:54:41 | More by adamette
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GPHarris

Alabama

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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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-22-2014 17:06:07 | More by curlybird
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Nova_K

Indiana

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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mrjez

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

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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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 06:08:51 | More by zestar
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CUbeerfan

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2014 02:01:53 | More by CUbeerfan
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-07-2014 01:29:22 | More by GClarkage
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Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

07-05-2014 00:38:15 | More by strohme2
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California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-03-2014 16:44:55 | More by BigV
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Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-29-2014 20:17:42 | More by nleaders
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LakerLeith

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-28-2014 22:43:38 | More by Rothobinide
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TrevorWGrover

Germany

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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Roberto11232

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-21-2014 04:26:57 | More by Roberto11232
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Joe_Mahma

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-19-2014 18:08:05 | More by Joe_Mahma
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Gron10

California

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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tmbgnicu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-09-2014 17:01:06 | More by Whiskeydeez
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wolf_switzer

California

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%

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frlrv1020

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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