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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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478 Reviews

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Reviews: 478
Hads: 1,508
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 449 | FT: 20
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some candi sugar, chilies, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, some other spices, a touch of citrus, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet bready caramel malts with some candi syrup and some hot pepper. Through the middle, some cinnamon and Belgian yeast flavors come through with a bit of citrus. The finish is a mix of hot chili, cinnamon, candi syrup, Belgain yeast, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a hot, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors with the chili heat providing a unique complexity to the BSPA style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing scarlet red body. Good clarity. Thin bubbly beige head leaves sparse lace. Wonderful aroma. Thick dubbel like aroma with a nice peppery touch. Nice bready yeastiness and brown sugar as well. The bready yeastiness and cakiness carries over to the palate nicely. The pepper presence is stronger on the tongue than the nose, but it's not too overbearing...to me anyway. Brings a nice little sting to the equation. Candied malt presence as well with just a hint of alchol. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This pretty good. Quite unique and flavorful.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone, you're a badass. I've had a few of these now, but my first impression after a sniff was a doubtful, "Dude, what temp did you ferment?" In other words - ester bomb. But as the beer warmed up, things started to come together (like a plan on the A-Team). When I say things, I mean the cinnamon. Very nice with the fruitiness of the yeast. Not too over the top, and it felt warm and festive as the beer came to room temp. It's brown and carbonated and bubbly and dark-fruity and pretty and boozy and a little thin and that's all made better...because it has cinnamon.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, deep amber mahogany brownish red color with a nice fluffy slightly tan colored head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of spices such as cinnamon, grains of paradise and clove among others, dark fruits such as apple, a hint of plum, grape, banana, and a bit of hops. Interesting and complex, flavor, especially as the beer warms. It starts out with a slightly sweet and slightly roasted caramel malt flavor that immediately gives way to the aforementioned fruits and spices, that is rounded out with a touch of citrus hop bitterness. There is also a slight hint of salt and vinegar. This beer certainly does, in at least some degree, have a nice Merlot red wine like quality to it too. A very unique beer indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied, dry mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A slow sipper to be sure. To quote my friend Erich Lasher, who is one of the owners and bartenders at a favorite local bar of mine called La Cave Du Vin, "This beer...its weird!" Yes it is Erich, yes it is! In a good way too. I am quite curious to see what some agine does to the bottle I have in by cellar.


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Photo of soju6
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Exit 6 in Cottleville, MO

A: Served a clear mahogany color with a small head with some lacing.

S: Aroma of cinnamon and spice with a trace of sweetness. Very enticing aroma.

T: Nice flavor of cinnamon, bit of spice and trace of fruity sweetness. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and clean. There is no hint of the alcohol, just a pleasant warming feeling. Excellent balance.

O: One of the best beers I have had this year. Can't beat fresh on tap.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2011. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, chili pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark malt, and cinnamon/chile spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, chile pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light chile heat/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, chile pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and cinnamon/chile spice flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian chile beer. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and cinnamon/chile spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for procuring this treat. Was super stoked to finally crack this brew alongside my BA bro!

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red with a thumb of big bubbled off-white head, decent retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is complex, the Belgian notes are prominent with the cloves, yeast esthers and cinnamon coming through alongside the chili pepper notes and a subtle earthy citrus hop.

T - Widely ranging on the palette, started off with the cloves and cinnamon notes, dark fruit notes, earthy plums and fig newtons. The chili flavours come through on the finish offering up a unique earthy chili oil resin flavour. Hints of bitter earthy citrus hops and some muddled caramel also linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Well worth the wait, and definitely a unique brew. If you're a fan of chili beers, you'll certainly appreciate the flavour this brew brings to the table. The ABV has mellowed and is incredibly well hidden, offering up only a touch of heat. The cinnamon complements the chilies nicely and the flavours tend to become more robust as the brew warms. A worthy brew indeed!!

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Photo of IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raisin reddish brown in color. Poured with a short beige foam that dissipated quickly, but left lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Spicy, sweet aromas with a caramel malt undertone. Thick, rich feel with dense, lazy carbonation. Unique spicy pepper flavor up front with sweet caramel malt beneath. Dark fruit and cinnamon flavors thru the middle to the end. Finishes semi-dry with a funky sweet and spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a snifter. Just had some spicy soup, hoping that will compliment the chilies

Pours a dark brownish red. Half a finger of khaki foam recedes rather quickly with moderate carbonation, moderate lacing. Pretty run of the mill

Smells of chillies, tart cherry and apple, cinnamon, grainy yeast, some clove, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Some real complexity, pretty solid

Taste follows the nose well, strong chili and a mildly tart cherry, some hops, cinnamon, sweet malt, and a tinge of alcohol. Mild clove and brown sugar have a solid after taste, everything comes together really well. The blend of mild spice and sour is interesting, and works pretty well

Feel is solid as well, medium body, mild spice and sour. Alcohol is well hidden for being so high, nice dry finish. Pretty drinkable

This stuff is really good, complimented dinner pretty well. I've got two more, it will be interesting to see where age takes them

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a FFF teku a hazy copper with a minimal few millimeters of foam that quickly recedes leaving a minimal amount of lacing - most likely from the wet glass

S: Spices - cinnamon and clove, some chile, tart red wine, and a bit of funk.

T: Tart fruits and red wine at first, immediately giving way to a subtle yet noticeable hint of chile spice and detectable funkiness. After a few moments, the Cinnamon starts to reveal itself, along with a definite peppery zing from the Belgian yeast, and more herbal notes. I also am detecting a buttery sweetness, which is an interesting companion to the tannicity from the red wine barrels. Finishes with a pleasant and crisp hop bitterness that emerges from the peppery and herbal spice, which nicely balances the buttery sweetness present in the middle. After exhaling I get more pepper, cinnamon, spice, andsome medicinal phenol.

M: Oddly buttery and sweet, considering the tart and tannic aspects from the yeast and red wine barrels.

O: A very unique and interesting beer that really pushes the limits of what yeast can do, without overdoing what many brewers chose to push too hard. Perfect level of funk, and I really was intrigued at how it could be so buttery, and yet also have a somewhat tannic as well as tart finish. Truly an interesting blend. Thats why time after time, Stone fails to disappoint…..but maybe thats just homerism

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Photo of baseballrock
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking it on tap at the flying saucer in San Antonio.

A- the beer is a deep amber color with a thick inviting head. Tons of lace is left on the side of my snifter.

S- pepper and spice. Anaheim chili peppers and beer. I'm into it the aroma is different.

T- up front I am hit with flavor from the peppers. The pepper flavor is awesome. Anaheim peppers are known for their great flavor, so I assume it was a good choice of pepper on the part of stone. It is a big Belgian style beer and the next thing I taste is the big malt flavor. The beer finishes with a moderate dose of hops.

M- the chili peppers dominate but with awesome subtle flavors form the malts.

D- were can I go form here its over 9%for ABV and by taste buds just had sex with this beer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After staring at this bottle the past year in my fridge, its finally time! Waited a little longer than the 12-12-12 date to coordinate a online tasting together with my BA in crime andrenaline. STOKED!
A - poured into a tall tulip, itsa murky purple brown hue, two finger of head settled at a solid cover, very consistent lace ring
S - big dark Belgian fruity aromas of candied plumb and raisin, some bready yeast, then the chilli builds and keeps building, and is then met by cinnamon to produce a big sweet and spicy finish
T - plumb and pear fruitiness with some yeasty funk opens it up, quickly turns to a sweet heat chili flavour with an oily aspect, just a hint of a boiled veggie flavour that seems to be part of the deal with most chili beers but its light and passes quickly, the cinnamon adds a sweet and spicy aspect that also brings out the chili heat a little more, finishes with some light peppery hop notes and a bready quality, and just a touch of chili lasting way late in the finish
M - big and rich with less than medium carbonation, creamy and super smooth throughout with the chili heat just lingering late in the finish as you have more sips, i didn't try it upon purchase but i'd imagine the ABV has mellowed significantly as you would never guess its high octane
O - I must say i'm proud of myself for having waiting until the best after date to crack this, well worth the wait. I'm only recently started to put together some brews to age and this is really my first try of anything aged, great experience, can't wait to make a trip south of the 49th parallel and grab the 12-12-12, along with one or two for my homie andrenaline!

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Photo of Chadillac
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 11/13/12 shared with a friend and poured into a tulip glass.

Only bought 2 when they came out and didnt drink them so this is my first taste.

Appearance: pours almost a light brownish and cloudy, small amount of light getting though. 1 finger off white head dissapated quickly, some lacing

Aroma: bready, malty, belgiany, sweet smell. not getting much chili or cinnamon in the nose.

Taste: very mild belgian taste, maybe the year of age mellowed it out. Get a hint of spice and clove, Really nice sweetness but not too sweet then folowed by the chili in the back of the mouth and slightly boozy as it warms your chest up a little.

Overall: Great tasting beer, Definitely worth the wait. Lots of complex flavors, almost too rich for my palate to dicipher.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Petrol Station in Houston, review from notes.

Poured a hazy burnt amber with no head.

Cinnamon, bananas, clove and chiles make up the aroma. Very interesting. The chiles give it a certain Sex Panther quality... stings the nostrils (in a good way).

Taste follows the nose for the most part... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles dominate the palate. Cinnamon and bananas right of the back with the chiles making up the back end. This beer is complex as all hell. The flavors are all very distinct but they work extrememly well together. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with a copious amount of carbonation.

I will admist that this is the absolute worst sounding beer I've ever had... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles sound like a clusterfuck of a beer but this beer makes it work. Just like an onion, this beer has some serious layers and they are all delicious

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Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kelly Korner Tavern in a shaker pint. On to the beer:

Looks brownish amber in color with a small white head which leaves spots of lacing around the glass. There are a lot of chili peppers in the nose, and just when you think it's one-dimensional, out comes a fruity Belgian yeast character that hits the spot.

I anticipated a really spicy beer, and while the spice is there, it doesn't kill your paalte. In fact, it's quite complimentary to the Belgian yeast characteristics. Dark fruits like plums and raisin, also some unsweetened chocolate. There's little (if any) sign of the alcohol, which at the time I suspected was just under 8%, not the listed 9.4%.

To my surprise, I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Calandro's and poured into an imperial pint.

It's a ruby red color, clear with a finger or so of off white head. There isn't much lacing but some good looking pooling.

The smell is rather malty with some strong cinnamon notes. There's a little Belgian floral hop note in there as well. Pretty appetizing.

The taste is a lot more chile in there with a flavor that closely resembles a Belgian dubbel. I'm a big fan of the interaction.

Very easy to drink with a minimal alcohol note despite a good abv.

Another winner from Stone.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: Got this from the Stone Beer Garden in downtown San Diego. I couldn't believe that they still had a couple of bottle of this so I picked up a couple. Poured it into my New Belgium tulip glass to enjoy tonight!

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby color with an off white head. The head disappears pretty quickly and doesn't have much lacing.

Aroma: There is an aroma of the red wine bottle that this was aged in, pretty nice. There is a touch of something spiced too. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I would expect but still very nice. Carbonation is pretty mild

Taste: This is really strange. I'm not too sure about this flavor. There is a hint of the cinnamon and chills but the biggest flavor is the red wine barrel aging.

Overall: It's good, I enjoy it but it's not something that I will want all that often. It's unfortunate that this is retired because it's kind of weird and quirky and it would be fun every once in a while.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is nice, with a thick tan head that does not lace much, but what is really interesting is while the primary color of the beer is brown, its got a rather interesting red hue to it.

Aroma is subdued, I have tried to let it warm up slightly, but what is there is very interesting, an abudnance of cinnamon, and a touch of the chili peppers. It sort of reminds me of a fresh baked bread with peppers mixed in, and the aroma is quite sweet.

Taste is spectacular, the cinnamon is very present coming accross as almost chocolately, the peppers are there but not really spicy, but adding a nice flavor profile. Taste is incredibly well defined and robust but mostly consists of those notes.

Mouth feel is nice, coats nicely.

Overall an incredibly enjoyable beer!

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jupiter restaurant in Berkeley CA.

Appearance - Stone VEA 11 appears a very deep enticing hue of reddish amber, almost like a red ale.

smell- it's a whirlwind of fruit, belgian yeastiness, and of course the cinnamon and chile that make this beer special.

taste - Pretty much a thoughtful interpretation of a strong belgian ale. High alcohol and belgian yeasts blend nicely with the chile, cinnamon, and sour notes.

mouthfeel - to me this beer had the sharp feel of a red ale, but without the sourness. Its delicately carbonated, and has the expected texture of a fine belgian ale.

overall - an interesting take on a classic style, high quality, and as others have said, a palate overload. I wouldnt expect much less from Stone, and this beer only being brewed one time, if you ever see it, TRY IT!

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Photo of magine
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a mahagony dark brownish red. Nice fluffy puckered light tan head. Head settles to a nice layer the whole drink and leaves good lace. Good looks here.

Brew smells of Belgian spices and sugars. Dark fruits, bananas, yeasts, cloves and some nice spices. Good smelling brew.

Brew is complex; spicy, yeasty, dark fruits and touched off with cinnamon and chili spices. Brew starts of creamy from the nice head that sits atop, then makes way for some subtle prickly spice and cloves and banana and dark fruits and malts in the middle. Brew finishes dry and mellow. Wow great stuff here.

Stone is a world class brewer and this brew is right in their style; complex, big and filled with everything a beer geek would love. I wish I had the patience to let it age. Oh well I will have to pick up more to do that. Stellar stuff here.

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Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of dbell23
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review was written about a bottle that was aged over a year. I aged it because the new bottles were somewhat overwhelming.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Super dark orange/ golden brown with little head and no retention or lacing.

The aged smell is more subdued than the new smell. Still bubblegum,cinnamon, and chile but not near as pronounced based on my recollection.

The taste is not the assault on the palate as I remember from a year ago. Chile beer to start with a somewhat hoppy malt middle and a fairly clean aftertaste. Very pleasant and very different. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. I guess you could call it a Belgian strong ale but its unlike any other beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation and as usual it smoothes out as it warms.

Overall a good beer and super different. I'm glad I aged it as it did mellow with time. The new version was pretty close to over the top.

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Photo of obywan59
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Crystal clear (you can read through it) deep amber with a 3 1/2 finger tan head. It looks pretty awesome in my Duvel tulip.

Unmistakable chili pepper backed up by the cinnamon and Belgian yeast. Sometimes almost a smokey aroma, and coffee. The chili is potent enough to give the nose a light tickle.

Sweet malts and tart hops upfront, but the chili peppers soon take over. Strong bitternes: a combination of the hops and the pepper. It finishes on the dry/tart side.

Medium-bodied. Some light peppery heat in the mouth and more heat/heartburn in the throat, from both the pepper and the alcohol. Slightly drying on the tongue.

A great change of pace. I especially enjoyed the contrast with the 2 sqaures of the Lindt Intense Orange chocolate bar that I sampled.


This time a very hard pour yielded a 5 finger head that receded fairly quickly leaving some moderate lacing. I'm calling it deep amber to ruby now.

The aroma is pretty consistent with my previous review except I don't really get any coffee.

Again, the taste is like before, but this time, the bitterness seems to be all pepper.

Ditto on the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is pretty much the same as I remember it. Though the pepper is dominate, it meshes well with the other flavors. Well-rounded. I'm letting my precious rating stand.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.