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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

1,452 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 426 | FT: 18
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 camiverson34:
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camiverson34

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +29%

Appearance - Amber-red color minimal lacing, but retains slight carbonation throughout.

Smell - The Chili and cinnamon are sharp at the beginning with a hint sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel that round out the spices.

Taste - Flavor of Anaheim Chile without the spicy burn that were present when it was young followed by a lingering sweetness with just a hint of cinnamon and caramel. Although the alcohol is present, it is well hidden by the spices.

Mouthfeel - Minimal carbonation. Coats the tongue with a syrupy texture that lasts for a minute or more, and has a slight burn at the end that one would expect from the spices.

Overall - I've had this beer a couple of times over the last year, and this is the best it's been. Previously the spiciness of the chili overpowered the subtleties of the sweetness of the beer. The cinnamon, although very mild, provides a unique spice counter to the heat of the chili. Good balance, and although it's ready to drink now, I think it will improve even more with time.

Well done Stone!

12-18-2012 03:41:21 | More by camiverson34
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed maber with sticky1/2 finger off white head,cinnamon and earthy chili's in the nose,light phenols poke thru as the beer warms a little.Belgian yeast flavors at the onset,phenolic and spiced to go along with light cinnamon flavors,again the chili flavors are more earthy lending a little warming on the way down.Not bad,Iam not a huge Belgian yeast fan but the subtle chili,and cinnamon flavors are nice.

12-01-2011 21:22:28 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

A: A medium copper with fair amount of chill haze that fades as it warms and is totally expected with a older beer. The head is tan and made of fine bubbles with a decent retention span.

S: A medium aroma reminiscent of sun-dried chili peppers along with a low orange ester and a low malty complexity like that an Old Ale. There is a low alcohol aroma and a touch of spicy phenols. A bit of soy comes out as it warms up.

M: There is an initial orange-like fruitiness with some spice to start with the spice building a bit as you sip. The balance is somewhat sweet with a medium malt sweetness having a little caramel character against a low hops bitterness but the sweetness more countered by the spice and alcohol. The finish is medium-sweet and the aftertaste is spicy and a low fruitiness that reminds me of a Dubbel.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a linger light tingle from the spice but not detracting.

O: An unusual beer that I can appreciate for it's bold approach and balance.

06-26-2013 01:10:44 | More by MadScientist
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ricksrealm

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

01-19-2012 13:03:24 | More by ricksrealm
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Looks mahogany, with some redder tints. Smells pretty good. You can smell the cinnamon and a spicier undercurrent. There's a lighter yeast scent, as well. Full sharpness to start. The cinnamon and what tastes like nutmeg present themselves shortly after. The endgame is held by the hops, which throw bitterness in all directions, and the Anaheim pepper element, which twists the bitterness in an interesting direction. The final lingering element is spicy cinnamon, so the ale succeeds in that. Wouldn't want to drink this regularly, but it is a good limited release.

Like It? Yeah

11-20-2011 03:29:05 | More by wrycon
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steelerguy

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

A - Clear brown, with ruby highlights. Big frothy light tan head, that stay around for awhile with moderate carbonation.

S - Spicy, the cinnamon can be picked out but the yeast seems to be adding more spicy aromas like clove.

T - Lots going on here, the malt is almost overwhelmed by cinnamon and cloves and I guess what might be the peppers but just comes across as a strange medicinal flavor. The medicinal flavor then turns into an astringent aftertaste made bitter by the hops.

M - Nicely attenuated, warming quality, with a bit of sparkle from the carbonation and alcohol.

O - This beer looks great, smells good, and feels good but where it counts most...taste...it just isn't very good. I have only had the last few Vertical Epic Ales but this is easily the worst.

12-20-2011 00:02:32 | More by steelerguy
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

A nice deep red/orange pour with great clarity and a half inch of bubbly white foam atop the brew. Looking good. Aromas start off with caramel, fruity tones and lots of yeast phenolic notes. Cinnamon and a touch of vegetal chili pepper, but it is rather mellow.

Sweet caramel mixing in with dark fruits. Big phenolic Belgian yeast with lots of clove, banana and spice. Cinnamon definitely makes it presence known along with a touch of chili pepper. Flows down with more sweetness and a slight hint of heat. Yeast lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch slick with good carbonation. Goes down pretty easy considering the ABV. Overall, it doesn't really all come together for me...the sweetness with the chili and forward yeast. Was hoping for a touch more heat / chili flavor as well.

11-24-2011 02:44:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-03-2013 16:18:29 | More by bulldogg915
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +13%

On tap at When Pigs Fly in Kittery. In a pint glass the beer was a red/orange/brown color with a small tan head.

Sweet malt and spice aroma. Warming in my nose.

The tastes worked well together. Caramel malt and clove. Chile present, warm, pleasant.

I enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top, just a nice melange.

Will drink this again.

11-21-2011 22:03:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-19-2014 23:38:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Pours a deep amber with half a finger of light tan head. Head has decent retention before fading to a thin cap.

S - Cinnamon, banana and some candi sugar initially, followed by subtle green chili, a bit of booze and toasted malt.

T - Similar to smell, with quite a bit of clove and a more noticeable chili presence. Definitely not too spicy, but the peppers do add a subtle warmth. Interesting and pretty good overall. The peppers, cinnamon and clove are a bit of an odd combination, but certainly interesting.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit sticky, but finishes dry and bitter.

O - Clearly not an everyday beer, but an interesting and mostly successful experiment.

05-03-2012 23:51:59 | More by warnerry
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2011 00:16:50 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -32.2%

22oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is dubbel like with banana and cloves and some sweet malt with some chilis and cinnamon thrown in.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with bananas and clove. Some spice from the chili and cinnamon comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, I remember liking earlier samples more. This was just too much sweet malts and bananas. I remember less dubbel and more cinnamon and chili which was better.

02-01-2012 06:29:12 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-20-2013 03:38:15 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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bellce0

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-15-2013 00:00:54 | More by bellce0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-01-2012 02:50:19 | More by TimoP
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-15-2012 20:53:14 | More by Twifiter
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz brown bomber with an obvious vintage date.

LOOK: Garnet amber color, healthy looking head.

SMELL: Cinnamon stick, Anaheim chilies, golden raisins, candied fruit, toasted grain, boozy alcohol.

TASTE: Cinnamon, mild chili pepper, toasted bread, dusty powdered clove, banana taffy, medicinal phenols, clean alcohol, hop bitterness, treacle, chaotic finish.

Nearly a palate overload, thankfully I prepared for this beer and I guess I am a pro more or less so I can roll with the punches. Flavors come in waves, cinnamon and chili then the Belgo-yeast character and of course the generous handful of hops all surrounded by a well balanced malt backbone. The heat, its from the alcohol ... not the chili. Possibly the most enjoyable Vertical Epic from Stone I have had that was not cellared.

11-10-2011 03:14:34 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Typical Stone Epic bomber.

Pours medium murky auburn, under a dense darker tan head, that stays a while, before going to a film, collar and low lying sheeting and fine lace.

Cinnamon bounces out of the glass and upon the nostrils, with a hint of mild chili also making itself heard.

Bold and over the top flavorful and complex brew, more cinnamon, Belgian yeasty phenols glaring, chili present but remaining on the calm side. The expected Stone hop load unmistakable in the finish. Smooth on the tongue and coating the entire mouth. I enjoyed every sip especially as it warmed.

Definitely will be picking up more bottles, it will be interesting to see what some time in the bottle adds to the mix.

12-02-2011 01:26:56 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-27-2011 00:20:24 | More by mctizzz
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-01-2013 04:56:34 | More by aquazr1
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Jovo

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-12-2013 04:01:06 | More by Jovo
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap at Square Burger in McKinney.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a large white head. The aroma has quite a bit of caramel and toffee, as well as a lot of green peppers and some assorted spices such as nutmeg.

The flavor is has a lot of cinnamon, peppers, toffee and Belgian yeast. All of the spices and peppers surprisingly work well together and make the beer enjoyable. There is also a touch of alcohol, but not as much as I expected.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-10-2012 21:35:59 | More by Mora2000
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MikePags

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-02-2013 01:40:08 | More by MikePags
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-25-2012 19:40:59 | More by standardcherry
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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.