Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 42
Gots: 444 | FT: 20
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011

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
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Photo of Jackolope
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I cellared one of these bad boys for a little more than 3 years and it was just as good as the one i enjoyed sometime after 12.12.12. I wish I could recall how good it was then, but I remember being stunned by the balance and complexity of flavor. You would be hard pressed to name Anaheim chiles as an ingredient without knowing it before hand. I haven't had many beers with chile as an ingredient but i have to say these guys knew what they were doing. I drank this beers with a handful of my friends and we all were impressed. It paired really well with the Mediterranean food we had just eaten and we all thought it was a standout amongst the beers we had recently been drinking. I definitely left this experience happy especially considering how long i held on to it!

Photo of HopsYeast
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a-pours a cloudy copper color with no noticeable sediment. has a 1 finger almost milky coffee color head that retains well

s-sugary cinnamon and honey. very very subtle aroma of malt and hot peppers as well. vanilla, alcohol, has a fresh smell as well like being in a garden.

t-wow! initial flavor burst like you are eating a hot pepper but then the heat doesnt follow. subtle hints of honey, cinnamon, black pepper, alcohol warmth but not too much, some sticky maltiness that remains on tongue after ingesting it.

m-nice but the level of carbonation is the slightest bit too high for me to really say its perfect. med to med/heavy body goes well with the flavors.

o-this is another beer that fits into the "like nothing ive ever tried before" category. so unique and complex that i like it for that factor alone. but on top of that it is very tasty too makes it a delight. this is a perfect beer to pair with food. i mainly like it and rate it so high due to its uniqueness. stone pulled off a very interesting beer here that is enjoyable as well.

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for over 3 years--review from notes on 12/13/14

Poured into a Chimay Chalice at cellar temp 55F

Belgian Bananas and Clove, Warming Sensation, Slight Cinnamon, Prunes, Plums, and other dark fruits, not a lot of chili heat left.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep ruby red in color with dark pink highlights. Topped by a nice off-white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a bit of sticky lacing as it goes. The smell is really interesting as the first aroma I pick up is cinnamon. Some other hot spices follow, very much like a freshly picked chilie pepper. Its got the sweet heat that you get out of chilies, which is a very cool smell to pick up in a beer. Actually reminds me of the Carribean jerk flavor. Backed by a bit of clove and sweet booze, the aroma is well-rounded and strangely pleasant.

The Carribean jerk flavor really does come through in the taste too, but not as prevelantly as it was on the nose. Cinnamon and clove tastes work together to bring a sweet and spicy kind of character to this beer, backing the chilies. The chilie pepper taste is not hot so much as it brings another dimension to the spicy, Belgian style. It actually competes with the clove to gain top spot in the spice character of the beer, edging clove out by a bit in the end. A very light taste of banana even manages to fit its way in to the flavor profile in the lingering aftertaste. This aftertaste also has a touch of most of the other flavors in the beer, most prevelantly the chilies and cinnamon. A gritty mouthfeel and bone dry finish round out the flavors perfectly, complementing everything exactly how it should. The amazing thing about this beer is how unique and different the flavors are, combined with the fact that it remains completely balanced throughout the taste.

This is a fantastic and unique beer and one that I am so glad I got my hands on. It saddens me that I didn't know about this series until this year (the fact that I was 14 when the series started doesn't help). I would love to do a vertical of them in 2012, but alas, will probably not get that chance. I will definitely have to see if I can get my hands on another one of these to at least do a vertical of the last two. Worth the buy for sure.

Photo of EkimGram
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a deep garnet-hued brownish-amber. Head is small, less than a finger and fades to a thin film.

Smell: At first all I can smell is some lovely, spicy Belgian yeast all too common in this style. Following with a deeper whiff, I find the chiles and cinnamon. A wonderfully complex aroma.

Taste: So many flavours! Starts with a quick yeasty nip that immediately turns into a semi-sweet heat mixed with spices. Alcohol and a sort of bitter clove bring this home to a lingering aftertaste of cinnamon with a very slight hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, decent amount of biting carbonation, sticky finish.

Overall: I would love to taste an aged bottle of this. It is beautiful, complex, interesting, and satisfying. I would certainly call this brew "epic."

Photo of pBRale
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap multiple times served in Chimay goblets and tulip glasses.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown beer with amber highlights, a thin tan head. Leaves a fair bit of weak lacing down the glass. A very appealing beer.

Smell: The smell is of candi sugar, with some dark cherries, and a slight bit of pepper (perhaps jalepeno or cayenne). There is a sweet malt aroma as well.

Taste: The taste is difficult to describe because there are so many individual flavors that I could pick out, but the beer tastes nothing like ay one of them. The flavor is complex, deep, and rich, and it is exceptionally satisfying. I pick up on bits of the peppers, some fruity flavors, big rich sweet malts, and a strong vanilla flavor that blends beautifully with the peppers, evening them out a bit and giving great balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Simply exceptional. Full, thick , creamy and superb. Moderate carbonation for the style, but the feel is silky and the finish is smooth.

Overall: An outstanding beer that I would encourage everyone to try if the opportunity arises before this beer is gone. I was lucky enough to also get a bottle of the 2011 an 2010 (properly cellared) in a bottle shop, so I feel spoiled. Anyway, I hope you all get the chance to enjoy this beer for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Intrinsic
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer by chance in the liquor store and boy am I ever glad I did. It`s absolutely gorgeous - a crimson reddish brown with an incredibly creamy head that lasts forever. Streams of carbonation run up the sides of my mug like an inverted waterfall.
The smell is very intense, giving you a hint of what`s to come in the taste - CHILIES. It`s such an unexpected smell in a beer that I have trouble smelling anything else but it`s absolutely amazing. The cinammon comes through in the flavour much more than in the smell. What an epic combination. Chilies and cinnamon. Unbelievable. Mouthfeel is a little oily but tolerable. I`m so disappointed that the Quebec government won`t let anyone import beer from the States, otherwise I`d be buying this again and again. Amazing.

Photo of madeofsteel
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a few weeks ago, and it didn't seem right cracking it for no good reason, so why not Turkey Day?

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip, the bottling date is readily apparent. Pours a deep, deep red, easily mistaken for some brown, but it's definitely dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan head dissipate quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and cinnamon are up front, with just slight hoppiness in the back.

T - The hops are a lot more noticeable in the initial taste, more than the smell, but the malts are not to be ignored, with a definite caramel taste. Chilies are present, but not in the way you might think. More in the flavor than heat, and the cinnamon is just there enough to bring it all into focus. Pretty sweet for a chile style.

M - Sweet, dry finish with some noticeable alcohol burn. None of the stuff you'd expect from the chilies.

O - I expected a lot more heat from this beer, but it makes up for it with character and flavor. Certainly worth a turn of the head while it's still around.

Photo of smerrell
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is mahogany with a long lasting head. The smell is malty and sweet.unlike many other chili beers that I have had before, the roasted flavors of the chili is what comes out, and (thankfully) not the heat. The Cinnamon is present and adds a nice dimension to this beer. I need to pick up a few more before they disappear - some for now, and some for next year.

EDIT 11/12/2012

served chilled in a snifter, after storing for a year in my fridge

A: a deep amber/mahogany with a slight yellow head

S: Very fragrant - floral and sweet smelling

T: I taste a lot of the fruitiness of the Anaheim chili, and strong cinnamon notes. The finish is bitter and dry.

M: this is well-carbonated, which helps the finish to dissipate quickly.

O: I enjoyed this beer fresh a year ago, and I like it now, however I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening. It's nice for something different, but I wouldn't want a ton of it. I find myself pleasantly surprised a the absence of chili heat, which has ruined other chili beers for me in the past. I am happy that I stored a few bottle s of this one, and I still recommend it.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cream brown head. Tons of stick. Deep dark brown body.

Smell - Musky cardboard. Slight refried beans in nose. Wine. Solvent.

Taste - Refried beans. Musk. Malt.

Mouthfeel - Slight astringency. Pretty acidic. Becomes pungent after airating. Drink quickly!

Overall Drinkability - Delicious.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a generally translucent reddish brown color, off-white head at about two inches, dissipates fairly rapidly but maintains as a lacing indefinitely. The lacing hugs the walls of the glass as you drink, leaving a webbing.

Smells of caramel, semi-sweet spiced chocolate, molasses, non-boozy bourbon elements, and maybe a bit of anise or licorice, but without any kind of bitterness. It's rich, but not overbearing.

The taste has a mild smoked flavor right off the bat, and there is just a whisper of cooked vegetable under it if you are really looking. The cinnamon becomes much more apparent here and the rich caramel malts are the centerpiece. Again, non-alcohol bourbon elements compliment follow. The licorice/anise flavor doesn't come through here, and what little bitterness there is seems to be from the chile element. There is some hoppiness in the aftertaste, but it's very smooth and floral.

The body is full, somewhat syrupy but not cloying. The carbonation is soft and lightly fizzy and hits most prominently on the tip of the tongue; otherwise you don't feel it. There is a bit of alcohol numbing in the mouth, and a bit of warmth going down, but you don't notice it until about half way through.

Overall, this is fantastic. I can't speak for the others in the series, but mixture of flavors here worked out perfectly. I can't imagine what effects more aging would have had on this mixture. But I can say if you are lucky enough to find a bottle or two of this still sitting around, don't hesitate. After all, they won't be making it like this ever again.

Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited for my birthday on 11/11/2013.

This pours a ruddy raisiny-amber color with a thin layer of tan foam.

The aroma is full of stone fruits, like dried raisins and dates. There’s a subdued holiday spice to it, like one would find in a Belgian dark ale.

I thought of this as a cinnamon bomb—but it’s more akin to a Mexican chocolate, with cinnamon, some dark, bitter chocolate, and an overall mild sweetness. There’s a spicy kick to this beer. It’s understated, and it doesn’t emerge through the aroma but after a few sips its definitely noticeable. After sitting on this for two years I can say I’m glad for the experience, and I think time has mellowed out some of the rough edges (from what I remember).

This was my birthday beer. Not the beer I had on my birthday, but the beer for my birthday. (11/11, in case anyone wants to plan a surprise party for me next year.) I had delusions about getting a case of this before I moved and dialed back my ambitions but now that I’ve tried it I’d gladly take a supply for the (hypothetical) cellar.

Dated 11.11.11, drunk with hardly any aging on it.
From the bottle it pours a dark, ruddy amber color, reminiscent of leather or dried tobacco, with a generous topping of foam. There’s a curious aroma to this. I pick up some chile spicing, some cherry? Perhaps it’s cherrywood, not oaky but there’s a whiff of something woodsy along with the stone fruits to contrast the chiles.

The beer itself is both sweet and spicy, alternating and contrasting. The spicing isn’t overpowering but nicely balanced with a good malt backbone to hold up to it. Cinnamon nuances complement the chile zestiness and a touch of burnt caramel sweetness.

At one point the bitterness became extremely pronounced, only to mellow out like a nice malty dessert beer would. As it warmed it opened further. Complex, layered, dynamic brew with a fully-rounded flavor. It’s dangerously good—I picked up no hint of alcohol, even as it warmed—and while I shared this bottle I could easily finish one by myself without complaint. I’m curious to see how some age would develop this beer further.

250th review!

Photo of Rhynes2
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this brew today and it was the first beer I have ever had brewed with chilis. I was skeptical at first. On the nose its very wine like me and my buddy said it was almost like a Cabernet Sauvignon with some spice. The taste is caramel malts at first and it quickly fades to the chills. they are strong but well balanced. I'm so impressed with this brew and will be buying it again soon. Stone never lets me down

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first review in quite a while. No better time to dip my reviewing toes back into the water.

A: Bit darker than I was expecting for a Belgian Strong Pale but it is beautiful nonetheless. A kind of mahogany/cherry brown topped with two-fingers worth of latte-foam head, that fades only slightly in density from the initial pour.

S: A bit boozy, very sweet and fruity, and very complex (maybe I'm saying that because I've been subsisting on Schlitz these past couple months) with notes of pineapple, mango, but also coupled with spicier notes of clove, ginger or nutmeg (you decide) which is all tied together in that traditional Belgian sugary yeastiness that is impossible for me to describe with any clarity. In short. Wonderful.

T/MF: Quite spicy and surprisingly bitter with a noticeable alcoholic heat, which is nice, but drowns out some of those fruit flavors in the aroma that I want to get at. Finish is quite bitter and creates quite an overall "picture" of the beer (ie. sweet upfront, developing boozines in the middle, long and lasting astringency in the finish).

D: I am impressed by this beer. You can tell that it truly was a labor of love getting this beer to where it is now. Certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium mahogany amber in a Vertical Epic glass. Little head retention. A ring of light tan bubbles around sides of glass.

Smell is very inviting. Lots of cinnamon. A bit of ripe fruit. Belgian yeast is present.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of sweet malt, cinnamon and fruit. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Medium bodied. Not too much carbonation.

Overall this is one of my favorites from Stone. Will definitely try to get more of this.

Photo of viaingo
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Company is truly an innovative brewery. Every year (and a month and a day) they decide to brew their 'Epic Vertical". This year Stone decided to brew this epic treat with cinnamon and Anaheim chilies from Hatch Valley in New Mexico. I could definitely taste something special with this beer.

Type: Strong Pale Ale
Color: Dark amber red, cloudy.
Body: Cloudy and slightly carbonated.
Head: Thick cream color. Lasts for some time.
Taste: Fruity taste with banana and critic notes. You can taste the subtle spiciness of the chilies in the alcohol.
Aroma: Lightly hoppy, fruity, and a bit spicy.

This is the penultimate edition of this masterpiece of brewing, so if you can find it in stores or pubs, try it.

Cheers!

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bring out your glass sleepers, so this ruby colored ale can take you to the ball! Great lace on the side of the glass from very light brown and tightly bubbled head. Great nose that's not overpowering--smells citrus, lemon, anise, light cherry and pepper, plus floral notes all floating on top of a caramel, bready malt and subtle yeast. Slight sour note underneath that doesn't assert itself against a moderate hotness from the 9.4% ABV. Hops listed online are Warrior, Target, Perle and Pacific Jade. Complex nose that drew in my love of spice accented beers. Hop punch is distinct but not biting. Hop blended with continued anise and fruit rise above the lighter mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent and pleasant as well. Falls nicely off the back of the tongue with a slight sour bitterness.

The very small print on the side of the bottle says that the beer was brewed with cinnamon sticks, Anaheim chilies and Belgian Flanders Golden Ale yeast. Guessing the peppers are accounting for the full and complex spice notes along with the cinnamon. Yeast is said to throw off banana and clove, which I can smell now that I'm paying attention to it specifically.

Good beer and worth the effort to go find. Buy an extra bottle or two to save for next year's vertical tasting.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark amber colored beer with a frothy head. Nice head retention. Some lacing.

Nice aroma. Definately a Belgain. You get plenty of the Belgian "funk" from the yeast. Heavy on the malt side of the fence.

Wow. Lots of complexity in the flavor. Belgain yeast. Slight alcohol (but not much). An overall raisin-like tart fruitiness. Significant hop bitterness. There are a few background flavors going on that are hard for me to articulate.

A nice, thick, heavy mouthfeel with a bitter, dry finish. Nice.

A really nice full flavored beer with a lot to offer. I wish this was a year-round brew. It would be great to drink on special occasions. I'll end this review now and relax with the rest of this bottle before the 9.4% ABV gets the best of me.

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle "rescued" from an out of the way bottle store in Western, Massachusetts USA on July 28, 2013. Last leftover in stock.

The pour is a handsome mahogany brown, rich amber color with a tannish head and consistent "up the middle of the glass" carbonation.

The aroma has a quick malty and cinnamon sweetness that is fervently replaced by pepper and other spices in short order. Delightful.

The body is medium to bold with a creamy quality to it.

The taste is much like the aroma with an upfront sweetness that is superseded rather quickly by the pepper and spices that linger long to the end. Slight alcohol burn but quite tolerable. It aged quite well.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of roasted chiles, banana, and yeast spice.

Tastes of Belgian fruit notes and spice with the chiles running throughout. Banana with some sweetness comes through first along with a bit of apple. Chiles come in next and add a bit of meatiness and nice roasted notes. Spice comes on the end with clove and cinnamon notes combining with a small amount of heat from the chiles. As it warms, a bit of a phenolic character comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer, and feel that the base beer would most likely be good on its own, but the chiles make it even better. However, I should qualify this with the fact that I like to add roasted green chiles to almost everything I cook, so it may only appeal to those like me.

Photo of Josiah2729
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer poured into goblet...

Appearance: Dark amber with 2 finger head. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Chiles and Cinnamon, dark malt and dark fruits.

Taste: Sweet malts with some spiciness from the chiles, cinnamon and dark fruits, some alcohol, belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, medium carbonation, nice alcohol burn.

Overall: A delicious beer. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Allagash tulip. Chilled.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a two finger beige head. A bit darker than the golden color mentioned on the label.

Aroma: The Anahesim chiles really stand out. It's a nice and mild heat. Hints of cinnamon and other spices. Bananna, clove and light citrus make for a nice base.

Taste: The chile notes are upfront here too. The mild nature of the peppers really allow there to be a strong pepper note without overwhelming heat. The cinnamon and other spices provide a nice backing. The base beer is also nice and balanced. The bananna and clove combine with the spices to compliment the chiles well. I also get a touch of hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice belgian pale where the chile flavors work well in my opinion. The peppers provide good flavor and not too much heat. I really think this beer works. My favorite one off from Stone in a while. I'm glad I have one more to cellar.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Read chilies on the label and knew i needed to try it.

Appearance:
Really vibrant red-orange with a thin beige head. It's crystal clear with no sediment. Very crisp and refreshing-looking beer.

Smell:
Holy amazing chilies. This is the most pungent chili beer I've ever smelled, and it re-inspires me that it's possible to make a beer that showcases the pepper instead of trying to mask it. Complementing the pungent peppers is a spicy Belgian yeast and biting alcohol. Absolutely amazing.

Taste:
This is an incredibly balanced beer. There are initial notes of chilies and sweetness followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. I am assuming that part of the strong spice component to this beer is the cinnamon. It's like all the warmth of a mexican hot chocolate...without the chocolate.

Mouthfeel:
This isn't a spicy beer, but there is still a strong spice component. Maybe I'm just very tolerant to spice since others say that there is a slight burning in the back of the throat.
The beer is approximately medium-bodied and loaded with alcohol. Terrific to pair with a chocolate dessert!

Overall:
Well priced and widely available, what more could you ask for? I wasn't wowed by the 10.10.10, but this beer is phenomenal! I would love to try pairing this with some spicy mexican dishes and praise the muse that inspired Stone to produce this beer.

Photo of Ranz
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: With about an inch and a half head above a thick, murky brown, this beer pours nicely in my tulip. The head is fairly creamy in texture, and in the right light, the color almost becomes a bit red in hue. Thick lacing in the glass creates a webwork of resilient bubbles.

S: The Anaheim chiles are subtle yet distinct in the nose up front; bready malt, biscuit, and a slight tincture come next. It's a nice, warming, inviting smell, distinct in character yet not showy. I like it.

T: Very, very interesting. Just like in the nose, the chiles make their presence known immediately: it kicks with the carbonation before smoothly transitioning into a nice malt and yeast profile. It does have just the slightest sweetness to it, which is only discernible in the finish marked by an alcoholic medicinal quality. What a unique surprise.

M: For something with such a pronounced spice profile, it's a smooth experience with some nice acidity at the front with a fairly long, boozy finish.

O: Stone never disappoints, and this beer continues that tradition. I only wish that I had bought another and that I had known about this years earlier when the Vertical tradition began. Alas, good beer was not on my radar at that point.

Photo of Oakenator
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown-amber in color and does have a slight unfiltered look to it. Good head at pour but savored in a small glass. Good vertical lacing on the glass. I expected more from the nose of this beer given the flavor - still smells good but doesn't reveal much more than a string Belgian style ale with maybe some clove coming through. Taste is complex and wonderful - subtle chilies that builds over time. Other pleasant spices with a nice malt balance.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.