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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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very good

1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1401
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,401 | Reviews: 462 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of cpetrone84


2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

the pour is transparent burgundy red with little tan colored head. Nose is medicinal, cherry, light mint and overly sweet. Flavor is too sweet and medicinal with notes of cherry and mint with a bandaid finish. Body is syrupy and heavy with a low carb. ouch!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 14:25:04 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of One2Remeber


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Khaki, tan, creamy thick head. Light mahogany brown with a bright amber hue. Incredible sticky legs.

S: Gummy, soft bubblegum nose. Banana, spicy Belgian yeast with undertones of peppers. Slight alcohol aroma as warms up.

T/M: Fluffy as could be with a mellow body that flows smoothly until a slight carbonation at the end turns to faint burn from peppers. Hint of chocolate mixed with banana esters lingers.

O: One of the smoothest Belgian beers while having a dynamic profile. Complex flavors come across as simple and straight forward. Not sure about a Belgian Pale Ale but for a Belgian chili beer this hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 02:50:21 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Mora2000


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

On tap at Square Burger in McKinney.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a large white head. The aroma has quite a bit of caramel and toffee, as well as a lot of green peppers and some assorted spices such as nutmeg.

The flavor is has a lot of cinnamon, peppers, toffee and Belgian yeast. All of the spices and peppers surprisingly work well together and make the beer enjoyable. There is also a touch of alcohol, but not as much as I expected.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 21:35:59 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Boto


2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draught @ Mikro: This one poured a hazy, dark amber color. There was a small tan head on it. I’m not to sure about the aroma. Peppers are predominate. They tend to mask much of anything else. There is a blended aroma besides the peppers, but it isn’t really compelling nor offensive. The taste is different. I get a Belgian yeasty, bready beer with some hops, but then the light peppery taste manages to overwhelm it, and not in a good way. Maybe the peppers will mellow over time, but right now this beer isn’t that good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 18:28:29 | More by Boto
Photo of charlzm


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed February 17, 2012 at BoHo, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a clear caramel brown with a modest, splotchy head that has the vaguest tint of yellow.

Aroma is sweet: cane sugar? Traces of wood and a fleeting glimpse of earthy pepper.

Flavor is agreeable enough; powdery Belgian yeast up front, followed by a modest sweetness. The fresh (as in not dried) peppery flavor is back with a trace of spice heat. Low bitterness on finish as pepper note fades away.

Moderately dry on the finish.

More drinkable than I had been led to believe by others who had tried it, but far from a classic. ABV not an issue in flavor, though it sneaked up on me for that very reason.

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a murky medium brown with close to zero carbonation.

Aroma is honey sweet, offset by a touch of spicy pepper.

Flavor is sweet malts. Chili flavor is notable, though not intense. A trace of heat and vanishingly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and still.

Drinkability was lower than the fresh version; I guess the carbonation helped move the pepper along when it was fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 17:23:48 | More by charlzm
Photo of pBRale


4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap multiple times served in Chimay goblets and tulip glasses.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown beer with amber highlights, a thin tan head. Leaves a fair bit of weak lacing down the glass. A very appealing beer.

Smell: The smell is of candi sugar, with some dark cherries, and a slight bit of pepper (perhaps jalepeno or cayenne). There is a sweet malt aroma as well.

Taste: The taste is difficult to describe because there are so many individual flavors that I could pick out, but the beer tastes nothing like ay one of them. The flavor is complex, deep, and rich, and it is exceptionally satisfying. I pick up on bits of the peppers, some fruity flavors, big rich sweet malts, and a strong vanilla flavor that blends beautifully with the peppers, evening them out a bit and giving great balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Simply exceptional. Full, thick , creamy and superb. Moderate carbonation for the style, but the feel is silky and the finish is smooth.

Overall: An outstanding beer that I would encourage everyone to try if the opportunity arises before this beer is gone. I was lucky enough to also get a bottle of the 2011 an 2010 (properly cellared) in a bottle shop, so I feel spoiled. Anyway, I hope you all get the chance to enjoy this beer for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:52:36 | More by pBRale
Photo of haazer


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
Photo of jwhancher


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Mad Mex into a snifter glass. Looks clear ruby red with little head as served to me. Smells a bit too bubble gum like with some faint cinnamon, some residual sweetness, and a touch of the peppers. IMO, too much bubble gum in the nose. Flavor is more complex and favorable as the cinnamon, peppers, and malts play a nice dance nicely interweaving with one another. Feels rather light for 9.4 ABV, and the alcohol is barely noticeable. A nice effort. I would be curious to see what this one is like in another year or two. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 21:53:35 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Murrhey


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger off-white head. Deep mahogany color. Ok carbonation. Looks nice, although retention and lacing are fairly weak.

S- Hoppy, floral smells. Strange sort of meatiness to it.

T- Hoppy mouthful. Strange flavor but not at all unpleasant.

M- Full bodied, well carbonated. Bitter linger.

O- Weird beer. Tasty in a strange way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 02:19:15 | More by Murrhey
Photo of IronLover


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:57:36 | More by IronLover
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


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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 12:27:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of woosterbill


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear, bright orange-russet body under a finger of creamy off-white head; ok retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Interesting. Piquant mixture of estery yeast and pepper. Nice and spicy, pleasantly fruity, and mildly alcoholic. Enjoyable.

T: Standardly Belgian-esque up front, with breadiness, apple/pear esters, and some mildly medicinal qualities leading up to a delightful chili finish. I love the spice, and wish it were more prevalent.

M: Solid medium body, moderate carbonation. Simple and pleasant.

O: I wasn't expecting much out of this one based on other reviews, and made a point to try a sample before ordering a glass. While it didn't really blow me away, I found it entirely pleasant. The pepper gave it some great spiciness, but never overpowered the standard Belgiany yeastiness. Enjoyable.


Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 01:37:28 | More by woosterbill
Photo of jsanford


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Pours a dark mahogany with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a thick cap. Fairly mild aromas of caramel malt, bread, cinnamon, and some spice. Not getting the chilies. More sweet, bready malt with a nice dosing of cinnamon. The green chili character comes in about midway on the palate, and gets stronger from there as you drink more. Very green chili-like, kinda like a nice salsa verde. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Overall a unique beer, not bad, but not something I'd drink much of. Perhaps paired with some Fish Tacos this would shine!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 19:05:32 | More by jsanford
Photo of ChadC12


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap in a tulip. At first sight it was a dark reddish tone, almost amber/carmel color.

There was almost no head that quickly disappeared.

I love the taste, the chile is more move a taste then the cinnamon but still caught just a hint of it.

It finished nicely, very easy to drink. I enjoyed every last drop!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 23:00:57 | More by ChadC12
Photo of Knapp85


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking amber color with a white soapy looking head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and a little sweet smelling with some caramel on the nose. The taste was interesting, it seemed a little herbal to me or like some Christmasy spices were added to this one. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty interesting I think. I wasn't really able to get much of the Belgian qualities out of it. Regardless a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 23:37:33 | More by Knapp85
Photo of hwwty4


1.55/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap, served in a 12oz wine glass at Martin City Brewing Company.

This beer pours a mahogany brownish red with a big 3 inch cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. The best thing I can say about the aroma is that its definitely interesting. I would define it like a dunkelweizen that has been dry hopped with dates, coco nibs and chilies. Not good. Banana, clove, bubble gum, dates, chocolate and chili's all mixed together. I feel like I need to douche my nose. The taste is horrible. Every thing in the aroma is just amplified by about 10. Easily the worst tasting beer I've ever had from Stone. It's aweful. As in I'm in awe of how bad a beer Stone produced. The mouthfeel is oily. While it had a nice carbonation when pouring, its almost like none was absorbed into the beer itself. Stone tries to pack this beer of flavors and just completely misses the mark. I was only able to finish about 5oz of the 12oz I was served.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 18:24:03 | More by hwwty4
Photo of BenHesk12


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 23:08:01 | More by BenHesk12
Photo of baseballrock


4.3/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 19:38:56 | More by baseballrock
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a tulip at the San Diego Brewing Company. Color was mahogany. Light head with a nice rim of lacing on the top. Cobweb film on the sides.

Smelled caramel malts, along with coffee and toffee.

Tasted wood, fire, caramel and cinnamon spices. Reminded me a bit of liquor.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Slick texture. Smooth long finish.

It was an OK beer overall. I guess I was expecting a bit more, but this was my first Vertical Epic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 05:37:36 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a light brown head. In the aroma, spicy and earthy. In the taste, spicy, small dark chocolate and a candy sugar kind of taste. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and candy sugar in the aftertaste. Nice representation of chili spice, quite different, but I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 18:15:51 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of jkanavel


4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slight haze, orange with a touch of a brown. Soft pillowy head reminiscent of Duvel's.

S: Hops and more hops, spicy, citrusy, grassy, barnyardy, all kinds of hoppy aromas here. A good dose of fruity yeast as well.

T: GRAPEFRUIT BOMB! Amazing delicacy. Soft and sweet, hops on hops, but not bitter. I guess they really dry hopped this one, because the hops are almost all aroma hops.
There is a good back note of candy sugar sweetness and smooth malt.

M: Smooth, full bodied, effervescent, crisp.

O: This is just about perfect to me. That is all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 19:44:13 | More by jkanavel
Photo of Tone


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of hop, and a hint of spice (coriander?). Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is a heaviness associated with this beer. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of dry hop, slight yeast, spice (all spice, cardamon?), hint of dark citrus, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and complexity. The blend is a little off; the spice dominates the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 17:28:07 | More by Tone
Photo of Fadefury


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 1 1/2 to 2 inch head with a amber/dark brown body

Smell - Very fruity, with hints of cinnamon(I think?)

Taste - The taste is nothing like the smell. Not even close. I had this beer with spicy/hot wings, and I'd imagine it truly helped with this beer. Very strong and I could not taste any of what I thought I could smell, i.e. the banana and cinnamon spice.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, and very thin

Overall - Would only drink with the right meal in front of me. No way would I drink this by itself again. Too strong, and far to bitter for my taste. The beer smelled and looked great, but ended up being nothing spectacular after that.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 02:16:03 | More by Fadefury
Photo of MsRif


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a clear dark brown color with a nice off-white head that receded slowly, leaving thin and spotty lacing. Had an aroma of peppers, spices and earthy hops. Taste followed the nose and ultimately, what I really tasted was peppers. There were undertones of sweet malts, spices and floral/earthy hops...but the peppers were so distracting to my palate that I could not enjoy the complexity of this brew. Not really well-balanced.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, but I wouldn't have a whole glass of it simply because of the pepper profile. Just a preference of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 01:26:25 | More by MsRif
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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