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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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1,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 419 | FT: 14
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-10-2014 00:22:28 | More by NooseJustice
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-20-2012 08:38:41 | More by savagepm
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-29-2012 07:27:32 | More by Mister_Joshy
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-15-2012 23:34:57 | More by pearljam118
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-24-2011 23:26:09 | More by ortie
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-23-2012 02:56:12 | More by Rathakem
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-06-2011 04:53:22 | More by barnzy78
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-12-2012 01:44:41 | More by bassist286
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-09-2013 05:41:28 | More by JesseLara
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-08-2011 06:55:46 | More by kornkid8600
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-23-2012 19:55:15 | More by cfh64
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear with a definite amber color; not much paleness here. Medium, tan-colored head with nice retention and lacing. Hearty malt aromas with a yeasty, spicy, and herbal presence coming out especially as the beer warms. The yeast definitely dominates the aroma after a bit. Flavors are a big jumble of hops and yeast up front with an underlying caramel sweetness, lending a medium body and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely herbal and spicy but not much "heat" really. A smoky, peppery aftertaste lingers. I feel as though it might be a bit early for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:47:10 | More by goldbot
Photo of EgadBananas


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Slight bronze, clear light tan head plenty lace. Belgian yeast meets mild cinnamon and back end pepper. Similar taste, more Belgian yeast and slight caramel notes. Creamy medium in Body. Better than it sounded. Glad I got to try on tap instead of buying bottles. I was satisfied with this one pour.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:43:06 | More by EgadBananas
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy apricot brew with small bubbles continuously rising. Frothy cream colored head that lasts for a bit and leaves a nice ring. Lacing left down the sides.

S- Notes of spice, cinnamon and a bit of chile pepper. There's a candy caramel malt underneath with some candy sugar.

T- Sweet candy apple, and some dark fruit. A nice but of heat and chili flavor, rounding out with cinnamon. Not overly "spicy", by that I mean powders which is good for me. Chili blends well with the brew.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew with mid to high level carbonation. Little bit of heat in the throat more so from the chili then the abv.

O- Nice offering from stone and my first if the verticals. I got on this boat a tad late, but the series seems very interesting from my sole experience with 11.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 19:47:06 | More by haazer
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy amber with a one finger khaki head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Banana hits me first, followed by hints of the chilis, earthy/yeast notes are there as well, a touch of toffee and cinnamon.

T-Banana leads here too with a noticeable malt back, the chilis come in the middle providing a taste of the chiles without the heat that stays through the finish. Hints of cinnamon and booze round this out.

M-On the lighter side of medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish.

O-Right now, this is a good beer, not a great one. Once 12.12.12 rolls around I'll revisit this and perhaps it will evolve into something more memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 14:00:15 | More by Lerxst
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Goose Island wine glass.

Ruby rust color underneath a quick head and no residual foam. Steady, column of bubbles.

Soft vegetal, roasty, smokey chile peppers. Add some well toasted malt and some cinnamon and you have what smells like.... A biscuit with some chopped, smoked chile bits and cinnamon powder.

Resiny palate from start to finish. Starts with smokey chiles. That melds with very syrupy toasty malt sweetness. Makes me think of biscuits or cake. Then the finish is a bit warm and cinnamon spicey. Overall a beer worth trying if you have an open mind and palate for weird beers. Glad I picked this beer up.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:05:58 | More by scruffwhor
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full off white head. This settles to single layer but it leaves some streaky lace. The color is deep, dark amber.

Rich caramel aroma with some cinnamon, all spice and cardamom. Belgian yeast Plenty of warming alcohol as well.

Spicy, almost peppery, with a strong kick of alcohol in the swallow. The body is on the thin side. The carbonation is also a little low. The flavor is of dark malts and orange zest. Good hop presence in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:22:32 | More by smcolw
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was a short foam cap that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S - mostly sweet, brown sugar aroma, hints of the peppers, banana and clove
T - starts out sweet, then you're hit with the cloves, the peppers are in the background and really only surface in the end. It seems a little bit of a mess right now, but think it might age nicely
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied,
D - it has a slight hint of cough syrup, its not bad, and I think it has room to grow, i'm just not a complete fan right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:37:22 | More by mikereaser
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep hazy copper with a slightly orange tinged thin white head.

S: Rather bland, mostly a belgian yeast cloves smell with some heat from the peppers.

T: Pepper up front through to the finish with a clove spice to it, not as spicy as I imagined though.

A: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Rather bland beer to me, it was more spicy from the Belgian yeast than the peppers and the cinnamon wasn't noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:27:03 | More by keanex
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-25 in Pittsburgh, PA at Smokin' Joes

A - Fairly clear mahogany with a short head and light lacing.

S - Fruity/Belgian yeast, green chilies, rasin and cinnamon.

T - Similar to the smell with green chilies, sour cherry, banana, earthy cinnamon, roasted grain. There's just a touch of residual heat from alcohol and the chilies and a dollop of moderate bitterness. Quite a complex smorgasboard of tastes

M - Medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly smooth yet crisp.

O - Never had anything like this beer. I'm glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 12:46:24 | More by Tucquan
Photo of MasterSki


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Transparent amber body.

S - Extremely vegetal - you can smell the chiles alright. Hint of cinnamon, and some sweet caramel malt. Not much Belgian character - Stone's yeast strain seems pretty mild in the phenol department.

T - The taste has more brown sugar and caramel malt flavor, with less of the chile and cinnamon I noticed in the aroma. Some unexpected citrus notes, perhaps from the yeast? Odd bitterness in the finish, not sure if it's from the chiles or some residual hops.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, well-hidden alcohol. Lower carbonation, and some chile heat the grows over time.

D - I'm not convinced the Belgian yeast and the chiles work quite well together. Might have been more interested fresh, but I'd skip it at this point. A disappointment seeing how much I like chile beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:55:31 | More by MasterSki
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a dark amber brown with thick, tight, off-white head. It settles slowly but leaves little lacing on the glass. The beer has poor clarity.

Aroma is malty, fruity, and slightly boozy with a nice Belgian yeast character. The cinnamon seems to come out here but I don't get a strong sense of chilies. That's a good thing in my book.

Flavor is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma but it's fair to say this is a well constructed beer. Layers of different flavors come forward. Some are expected like the green chilies and cinnamon, others not so expected like chocolate and a mild smokiness. There is also an earthy quality that mixes with the clove-rich Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Aging for the past two years seems to have done no harm but I never had it fresh to know just what it was like back then.

Overall I had some concerns about a beer made with chilies but, as it says on the bottle, they impart more flavor than heat. In the end, it's hardly my favorite beer but it's well made and I can appreciate the creativity.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:05:54 | More by GilGarp
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a reddish tint. Two fingers of head forms and settles to a thin film. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma mostly of cinnamon and chile. More subtle hints of pale fruit. The combination is sort of a woodsy, earthy smell.

The mild chiles comes through strongly. Then comes the cinnamon. Not sure it is a combination that really works. The Belgian nature of the beer comes in slowly and weakly. Alcohol is detectable but is not distracting.

On the fuller side of moderate. Nicely carbonated.

I understand these Vertical Epic beers are best to be aged. Not sure what aging would improve in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:08:00 | More by morimech
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one sounds like a real interesting brew...

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy slightly cascading cream colored froth with a bit of a rocky top... Retention is commendable... The color is a murky mix of red and brown... Streaks of moderate to quick paced carbonation can be sign rising along the sides of the glass...

S - Interesting aroma to say the least... Sweet overly ripened fruits... Belgian yeast... Perhaps some brown sugar as well... The green chiles are present but buried a bit beneath the surface...

T - The palette is a mirror image of the aroma... Grapes... A touch of fig... Brown sugar... Mild Belgian yeast... Perhaps some caramel and toffee... Some bready malts... The chiles rise on the finish and quite distinct and potent without being overpowering...

M - Medium bodied... Dense... Sleek... Lush... Smooth... The finish is a touch dry and a touch chalky...

D - Interesting to say the least... Would be a formidable 12oz offering, but a 22oz is a bit much or an individual in a single sitting (feel free to share)... One of a kind and veers far from style guidelines...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 01:34:45 | More by philbe311
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to a tulip glass, sipped on 11.11.11.

A- Ruby strawberry and dark brown in color. Very light, toasted marshmallow head with medium carbonation.

S- Dominant belgian yeast with cinnamon buried beneath the bread-like belgian tones. Dried banana, and a slight sourness at first, some raisin and darker fruits.

T- Tasty dark belgian notes, with hints of dark fruits and dark breads. Rye and a slight spice on the tongue, maybe a little clove. Cinnamon is there just enough to balance the sweetness of the dark fruit characteristics. Almost has a light cinnamon toast sort of taste and texture as it gets warmer. Chilies are modestly blended back, but can be felt in the throat on the aftertaste, adding flavor and interesting drinkability. Very minimal heat, but a really nice balance to the other flavors overall.

MF- I get a spicy (cinnamon) bubblegum sort of mouthfeel and sweetness. Coats the mouth nicely with some activity on the tongue. At times, reminds me of a really sour piece of sourdough toast….

O- Enjoyable, with engaging complexities and an interesting flavor profile. Really just more of an intriguing beer that offers a lot to the palate with each sip and as the temperature changes. Stone did a nice job of balancing the ingredients to make this compelling.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:16:48 | More by suncrust
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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