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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

1,493 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 41
Gots: 441 | FT: 21
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:
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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Ratings: 1,493 | Reviews: 477
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Murky amber with a tan head.

Smell: Banana and clove up front. Followed by roasted malts and cinnamon.

Taste: Banana and roasted malts followed with cinnamon, chilies and clove on the end.

Mouthfeel: F=Godd carbonation, medium coarse with a nice dryness on the palate.

Overall: Very complex and delicious brew. Great balance and a medium body. I was very impressed by this one. All the flavors blend very well together. Cheers.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stone 15th anniversary glass. The distributor for San Francisco took a while to get this one and I'm glad that they were finally able to get it.

Colors is dark dark amber that is very clear and much more red when held up to light. The head is small and coarse.

I've been excited for this beer because I grew up in New Mexico and am fond of the green chiles that they used in this beer. You can smell definitely smell them in the beer and it mixes interesting with the apricot and clove smells of the belgian part of the beer. I smell only a bit of cinnamon.

Up front you get the taste of the chile with the cinnamon coming up right after. I'm glad the flavor of the cinnamon isn't more overpowering than the chile and it's more of a subtle flavor. There is a lasting bite from the chiles that is much more pleasant (I think) than other chile beers like the Rogue one.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Straight 4's across the board. I thought this would wind up being a "good idea, decent beer, but not great" kind of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised with it. Gonna have to get a couple more bottles to hold on to.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with burgundy overtones. Poured with a fair sized light beige head that dissipated quickly. Good looking beer.

Smell: Chiles and some fruity notes from the yeast. The cinnamon is also present in the nose.

Taste: The Chiles, fruity notes and cinnamon in the nose come through in the taste. Finishes fairly dry with some hops in the end.

Mouth-feel: Light medium body with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: Good, unique beer whose taste pleasantly surprised me. I wasn't sure how it would be when I first heard about the ingredients.

*My review was based on this being a Chile beer not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. My score for taste would be different.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Little Pub in Ridgefield, CT, in a Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

The pour is dark brown that builds to a 1/4 off white foam at the top. Good stickiness.

Very different smell/taste. From the notes I am looking for the cinammon and the chilis - the former is very faint, and I definitely get the peppery backbone. Theres a dark layer throughout, with that semi-sweetness you'd expect in Belgian style. A stiff but deeper hop awaits the close. The alcohol is noted, but not dominant.

Overall a very interesting beer. Not sure I'd love 22ounces of this bad boy, but the draft tulip made for an interesting dinner accompaniment.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exceptionally different ale, presented itself with a deep, rich yet cloudy mahogany color. The aroma is of sweet malt, prunes or dates, cinnamon and yes, chiles. This combination should not work but does quite nicely. The cinnamon is not as present but the sweet malt is at the front. The chilis are more forward at the end of the bottle and I really enjoyed the second half more than the first. The completely different nature of this ale makes it succeed and I recommend it for anyone experimenting.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,493 ratings.