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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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1,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 39
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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Photo of smerrell


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

11-12-2012 22:27:30 | More by smerrell
Photo of nollie77


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-12-2012 02:44:06 | More by nollie77
Photo of starkmarvelo


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Stone Epic Vertical 11.11.11

A- clear ruby in color with a two finger head. Very pretty.

S- smells like hot Tabasco and slight chile fruit. The aroma is dominated by the Anaheim chiles.

T- lots going on here. Slight hint of cinnamon, caramel, burnt sugar, ground coffee, even a bit of cacao some fresh green chile fruit. Bitter finish with a slight cheese aftertaste. Very complex.

M- medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Chile warmth in the back of the throat after a few sips.

O- like I said, there is a lot going on with this beer. At first my palate was bombarded with a bunch of different flavors, but after a while I was able to pick them out. So yeah, still tastes pretty good after a year. Happy Veterans Day!

11-12-2012 01:05:07 | More by starkmarvelo
Photo of boot11222


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-10-2012 03:43:40 | More by boot11222
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

I wish I got another 40 or something because I didnt want to crack this until 11 11 12, just to have it on the 1 year anniversary. But I need a beer and im pretty sure there are two more of these to where I can get at least 1 more. So lets get to it!

A: This epic pours a hazy, light amber/dark orange and has a thin, creamy head with lots of tiny bubbles.

S: I the the initial sense of vanilla or cream, followed by banana, some clove and finishing with some spice.

T: Intense creamy banana and clove at first. I get some of the cinnamon, not as much of the chillies but it does have a little bit of that mild spice. I do get the flavor of some hops in this beer as well.

M: Not a lot of noticeable carbonation, the texture is rich, creamy and slightly bitter. Definitely as sipper of a beer.

O: This is my first epic so I dont know how it compares with previous releases, but overall enjoyed this beer and feel thankful I was able to find it long after its release.

11-07-2012 04:07:17 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of Dana718


4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-04-2012 05:32:28 | More by Dana718
Photo of tbone1384


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-03-2012 03:34:24 | More by tbone1384
Photo of CondorMcBride


4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-02-2012 04:53:09 | More by CondorMcBride
Photo of FullObs


2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

10-28-2012 17:19:37 | More by FullObs
Photo of Envelopes


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-26-2012 16:00:12 | More by Envelopes
Photo of Hacksaw34


4.25/5  rDev +13%

10-26-2012 03:47:49 | More by Hacksaw34
Photo of CousinSuzy


3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-25-2012 05:39:27 | More by CousinSuzy
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-24-2012 22:05:40 | More by mattdbh
Photo of AleApostle


3/5  rDev -20.2%

10-24-2012 15:41:40 | More by AleApostle
Photo of DMacQ


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

10-22-2012 20:03:24 | More by DMacQ
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-18-2012 21:26:52 | More by dvmin98
Photo of dfillius


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a pint glass on 12/9/11
A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 1+ finger of tight tan head with great retention. Crystal clear crimson-brown liquid is pretty!
S: Strong banana and clove. Some citrus, cream, slight cinnamon. Quite malty.
T: Hot pepper up front and throughout, but not hot per se. Cinnamon is there too. Chocolate at the end. Sweetness is there up front too and lasts. Odd and jumbled in the first two sips. It comes together better after that, but the pepper (I think) stays kind of weird and vegetal in the aftertaste. A major detractor. Maybe less hops would be better? I had this one alone and when I poured m second glass, the flavor coherence increased. Seems similar to a dubbel more so than a pale. A chili-dubbel?
M: Slightly spicy. Thick, almost chewy. Sweet and unpleasantly tangy.
O: Decent, I wouldn't buy again though. Not coherent enough or adherent to a particular idea. Jumbled, but it finally settled on a chili-dubbel in my opinion.

10-17-2012 00:10:02 | More by dfillius
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-15-2012 20:53:14 | More by Twifiter
Photo of jlieber17


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-13-2012 01:50:40 | More by jlieber17
Photo of Heathbrook


1/5  rDev -73.4%

10-10-2012 15:35:46 | More by Heathbrook


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-08-2012 16:38:32 | More by SGMBARNES
Photo of TheStashRide


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-08-2012 01:44:05 | More by TheStashRide
Photo of grniz3


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-07-2012 18:45:40 | More by grniz3
Photo of CoryK86


4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

10-05-2012 02:24:27 | More by CoryK86
Photo of JayQue


3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

This one didn't do it for me. Poured into my Chimay goblet a clear orange/copper color with a small off white, fast fading head. No lacing.

Smell is cinnamon, spices (pepper) and sweet malt/caramel malt. Not bad.

Didn't care for the taste. The combination of chiles and cinnamon resulted in a strong medicinal taste, kind of like a mild version of Alvinne Balthazar (which I really dislike). Before the beer warms up, the medicinal taste and sweetness are really too strong. As the beer warms up, the cinnamon is more pronounce than the chiles and the medicinal taste is greatly reduced as is the sweetness, Still a little bitter medicin-y stab

Mouthfeel is rich enough. There is a little warming alcohol presence but it is not too much.

Overall there are muich better Strong Pale Ales out there. This is unusual but not that great a drinking experience.

10-05-2012 01:11:00 | More by JayQue
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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