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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

1,458 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 429 | 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:
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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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

DM1293, Apr 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

tastymug, Jan 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

mjaggers, Jun 17, 2012
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2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes

Pours dark amber - medium brown in color, unfiltered. smells slightly spicy sweet, more cinnamon on the nose than peppers. Taste very different and unique just like most stone beers. chili peppers not apparent to me really, I'd say low on the scale of hot pepper spice, much more tame than "Rogues" chipotle ale. The cinnamon is very subtle which is fine by me because I hate cinnamon. This also has a very belgiany, the Belgian "qualities" in the beer are very apparent, high carbonation.

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- dark brown with tan color on head and some carbonation

smell- alot of cinnamon and spice on the nose

taste- this beer was extremely spiced and spicey, really to me was out of wack, not sure of the chilli peppers made it so spicey or spicing but wasnt balanced for me in anyway,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer just didnt do it for me it was to spiced and just to much for me, i know its a unique style but just wasnt for me, had no problem finishing it but not my thing at all

Stunner97, Dec 01, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bottle poured into a Stone Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a very pretty ruby copper color. 2+ fingers of light tan head forms and has pretty good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Firm chili and chili powder aroma. Subtle caramel malts and yeast but dominated by the chili. A bit veggy from the chili's as well.

T/M: Odd mix from the malts and chili. The cinnamon comes through but in an odd way... doesn't really scream cinnamon but it's definitely there. Nice yeasty character with plenty of fruity esters. Body is medium with nice carbonation and a semi dry finish.

D: I think this would be a really good beer without the chili's and cinnamon... just doesn't seem to mix real well here.

pwoods, Nov 29, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a fairly clear orange/amber. Some light mocha coverage takes a while to fall back, leaving some nice lacy waves behind.

Aroma - not much going on at first. Slowly, some doughy, Belgian/Flanders yeast elements appear along with a note of anise and/or cola. Levels remain delicate and understated.

Taste - lightly sweet grain to start. Modest input of clove and just a hint of the Anaheim chili at mid-palate. The Flanders yeast chimes in and takes this beer into Funksville. The chilis mnake another appearance on the swallow, imparting a slow burn on the back of the throat, but the yeast dominates from here on out. Really nice level on those chilies though. Notes of licorice and cola-like flavor. Little if any hint of the 9.4%. Reasonably well done for a style I tend to avoid (Flanders), but tonight will be more about exposing the palate than just enjoying a beer. So be it.

Mouthfeel - some decent weight to the body, masks the carbonation a bit until a few good belches rip. I like the smoothness, a proper fit for a beer this size.

Drinkability - probably a cool twist on the style for lovers of the Flanders style. I may let my other bottle rest until 2013 or 2014 before I get the pluck to open it.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 15, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark brownish ruby color with a little bit of head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of chiles, green peppers, and maybe a tiny amount of smoke. Taste is more of the chiles. Some malt, green peppers and cinnamon . Honestly this beer tastes more like bell peppers than spicy chile peppers. Has some spice to it but not alot of heat. Odd aftertaste. Think its the cinnamon. This beer tastes weird and kind of medicinal. Overall, I don't like this very much and may not buy one to age.

PicoPapa, Nov 18, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Count me as one that didn't enjoy this beer. Mild peppers? For me, the chili peppers just dominate this beer, and it's not so much that I don't like peppers in beer, since I've had several I like, but I think it's the type of pepper used. That green, spicy pepper flavor clashes with the other notes here and dominates them completely. The peppers are too bright and fruity to allow the other flavors to develop. I prefer either a smokier, more brooding pepper, which works particularly well with darker beers, or something subtler. I did have a siracha mild once that was delicious, but other flavors were at work there aside from just the heat and green vegetal qualities of the peppers. An interesting idea, but I think this should have been saved for a draught one-off, rather than made the 11/11/11. Oh well, not for me.

Georgiabeer, Dec 09, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head dwindles rather quickly, with heavy legs and reasonably lasting lace. Aroma is dominated by cinnamon.

Taste is sweet to start, the middle finds the cinnamon and pepper balancing nicely, but the close is just the alcohol and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is okay for what it is. The flavors don't work much for me at all.

ppoitras, Dec 24, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: cherry red with a finger of transient yellow foam. Spotty lace.Excellent clarity.
S: cloves, bananas, chillies, cinnamon, just enough chili to make me interested.
T: tastes like a Belgian tripel with cinnamon and chili essence. Wrong yeast for this beer.
M: medium bodied with Smooth velvet carb.
O: meh. Cool idea. Want less yeast, more chili.

harrymel, Nov 11, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a thin, creamy off-white mousse.

S: Strong aromas of pungent yeast, banana, clove, dark bread, cinnamon, and chiles fill the nose.

T: Bready malt and spicy, pungent yeast notes fill the mouth upon entry. They are followed by flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, banana, caramel, bitter chocolate, and Anaheim chiles. The finish is spicy and rich with cinnamon and clove notes balanced by gentle heat from the chiles and a pungent yeast backbite.

M: Medium in body with a slick, oily texture. Other reviewers have found somewhat active carbonation, but I have yet to notice it. To me, the carbonation seems active upon entry, but comes off as otherwise restrained throughout. Not the most drinkable ale in the world.

O: This ale isn't great, but isn't horrible either. Like the other Vertical Epics, Stone was obviously trying to pack this beer with strong flavors, but went overboard here. As a result, they have ended up with a product that is too esoteric, too bombastic, and too unbalanced to be tremendously appealing. In the end, there are times when a brewery simply tries way too hard to impress its clientele, and that is exactly what Stone did here.

mrfrancis, Jan 07, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Summits' Wayside Tavern Snellville. Reviewed from notes.

16 oz $7.99

(Appearance) Served with a light cream head of a thick cream foam. Retention is average. Color is a medium brown, with a lot of copper red accents. Appearance is lighter looking than I had expected but still decent. 3

(Smell) sweet aromatics, vanilla, caramel and a hint of chiles. Aroma certainly leans to the sweet side. Potency is a medium. the sweet aroma really overshadows much else this beer might have to offer. 3.5

(Taste) tart bitter spice and cinnamon malt flavors finishing with a sharp chile pepper taste. Pretty alarming in intensity overall, and most Flavors overdone throughout. There's a ton of confusion to this beer. sure, theres tons of flavor but without balance its nothing short of a muddled mess. Not really Stone's finest hour. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Slightly Prickly with medium carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Medium body. Decent pairing for what the taste goes for. 3.5

(Overall) Bizarre Flavors make for a really hit-or-miss beer. It finds such a niche market that I really don't feel iT is worth seeking out by most craft beer lovers. In the end I find it to be average at best and won't seek it out again. 3

Jadjunk, Apr 25, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Munich, CaraBohemian and Special B malts. Hopped with Warrior, Target, Perle and Pacific Jade.
9.4% ABV, 65 IBU, OG=20.5P, FG=2.5P. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a hazy medium amber, forming a nice soft smooth yellow head with superior retention and lacing. ~2.0 carbs. The nose is very peculiar...lots of banana followed by the unmistakeable nose of green chilis. This is not a subtle chili smell...it's like somebody dumped a shot of salsa verde in my beer, complete with the vinegar. The mouthfeel is soft a with mild carbonation and a medium-dense body, finishing dry. The taste is like the aroma...imagine a belgian dubbel with a shot of salsa verde. I'm not getting any cinnamon in here. Lingering pleasant but not overly firm bitterness nicely balances the sweet maltiness. Aftertaste of hop bitterness and leather. I'm not picking up any heat from the chilis at all.

Very peculiar beer. I'm glad that I've tried it, and it's brewed well, but it's not my thing. I wouldn't buy it again, and would only recommend it for the adventurous. This beer would be much better with black pepper or cayenne.

Mitchster, May 01, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Draft serving into a chalice for $3 during happy hour. Sampled 12/1/11.

A: Slow rising 1 finger head, light brown in color, foamy, very loosely compacted and quick to disappear. The body has a very attractive garnetty plum color. Very still looking with 85% opacity. Despite the beautiful hue, the appearance isn't that great overall. No lacing.

S: Up front, the nose brings in some smokiness and perceived heat from charred peppers and alcohol. Light fragrance of cinnamon. The background aroma is classic BSDA, albeit very much underlying.

T: The flavor echoes the nose. Ancho chile or chipotle-like heat and flavor mixes with the savoriness of cinnamon. Sweetness from the typical dark fruits usually associated with BSDAs. Raisins, sweet plum, dates and perhaps even a little cherry and strawberry provide the backdrop. Perhaps a dusting of cocoa powder as well.

M: Tight, crispy carbonation with the bubbles carrying through until the finish, keeping it relatively clean. Medium-light on the tongue. Sweet, yet the dryness increases throughout each individual sip.

O: Worth trying even though I didn't particularly like it.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 21, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass on 1/7/13

First let me say i feel a bit slighted that there were aged versions of this beer. I bet those where tasty.

Appearance- It pours a ruddy reddish orange with a light orange head. It dissipates eventually. Hardly any lacing

Aroma- Yeast, Banana, butter, cinnamon some vanilla and carmel on the back end.

Taste- Buttery, chili. reminiscent of a holiday tamale. A little corny, husky at the front, a big roasted chili flavor in the middle, and light cinnamon and piney hops round out the end. I am reminded of the few times I had Nopales, the mexican side dish made from cactus pads. It also becomes somewhat vinous as it warms.

Mouthfeel- slick almost greasy, low alcohol warmth.

Overall- having just tasted Telegraph's holiday Ale and the big smack of cinnamon that had, i have to say i somewhat enjoyed the subdued efforts of Stones 11/11/11 epic. I think by this time in the series the brewers were becoming bored or brash or both and just started throwing stuff in the beer. The Cinnamon was well played and the chilies worked okay, the whole thing played out a bit like a questionable "hole in the wall" mexican food joint. It doesn't look like much but it has it where it counts. The slick mouthfeel was a little off putting I thought of a greasy Chile Relleno. To me, if it was meant to be aged it would have a cork too...As one of the later releases in the epic series i imagine it was designed to not be cellared as long so it lacked some of the qualities i was expecting (slight oxidation, mellowed boozy warmth, hints of molasses plum and maybe some slight esthers or sourness) but, that's hardly the fault of the brewer. I wouldn't order another but this makes me wish I would have got in on the ground floor in the vertical epic series.

Uncle_Jimmy, Jan 08, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangish Brown color with a thin ring of slightly off-white head and a little lacing. A little thin looking.

S - Chiles, Cinnamon, Dark fruits, Raisins, and a little bit of booziness.

T - A lot like the nose: Chiles, Cinnamon, and a large bit of raisiny flavor. A bit of a caramel taste to it. Sort of a traditional, unexciting and rather average darker belgian ale after you get past the unique chile/cinnamon flavors.

M - A little on the thinnish side, ok carbonation. A little bit on the spicy side in the finish.

O - Maybe I should have waited to 12/12/12, I was rather unimpressed by this offering and thought it was rather bland. The chiles were an interesting idea, but the execution was rather eh. Not a bad beer, but I definitely struggled to finish the bomber.

WMEugene, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ryser2k, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

acurtis, Jul 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

aztraz, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Flaherbear, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

robL, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ububru, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

kk73, Jan 22, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.