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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,403 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1403
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%


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: 1,403 | Reviews: 462 | Show All Ratings:
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wrycon

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks mahogany, with some redder tints. Smells pretty good. You can smell the cinnamon and a spicier undercurrent. There's a lighter yeast scent, as well. Full sharpness to start. The cinnamon and what tastes like nutmeg present themselves shortly after. The endgame is held by the hops, which throw bitterness in all directions, and the Anaheim pepper element, which twists the bitterness in an interesting direction. The final lingering element is spicy cinnamon, so the ale succeeds in that. Wouldn't want to drink this regularly, but it is a good limited release.

Like It? Yeah

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:29:05 | More by wrycon
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

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

A: Dark burnt rose. It has the color of a setting sun on a cool fall day. The head starts 2 fingers high but quickly disappears to just a lacing across the top of this beautiful beer.

S: First off you get a lot of peppery spice from the yeast and some editional spice from the cinnamon. After this brew warms up a bit you get more of the pepper from the peppers themselves and some clove bite. Dried dark cherries, leather and dark candi sugar.

T: Initial sweetness is quickly blasted by dry pepper spice with little heat. Most of the "heat" I get seems to come from the cinnamon towards the back. Slight fig, young raw leather, no real heat from the 9.4% abv.

M: Perfect balance between cloying heaviness to a palate cleanser. Very welcomed.

O: A very good beer and a wonderful test of flavor and living on the brewing edge. The flavors all seem un connected right now but I truly see some age (as this beer is intended to do) really balancing this beer out and really making it one of the best the vertical epic line has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:28:45 | More by tat2dhllblly
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taez555

Massachusetts

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

We’re getting near the end here. My bottles of 2003 through 2010 are just itching to know how this second to last brew will mingle next year with the final Vertical Epic.

This beer pours a clear dark amber body with a small white head.

Nose is actually pretty mellow. It has a malt smell, but this smell of a chile burn, in that there’s a hot pepper smell that kills all the other smells without actually being distinct of it’s own, dominates the nose. Very fruity nose too.
Taste is medium bodied with a very straight ahead pale ale, or slightly bigger strong pale ale taste. Straight up caramel malt, a little of cracker. However there’s this underlying taste of chile’s, not a burn at all. Just a taste of chile peppers. On top of that there’s this cinnamon flavor. It’s so weird. Straight up pale ale with chile’s and cinnamon without a burn. Absoultely NO HEAT at all. No burn, nothing. Just flavor. How odd.

What an odd and unique beer. Cinnamon and Chile’s. What the fuck!!! It seriously tastes like a strong pale ale with hot peppers and cinnamon thrown in. I really don’t know how to describe it beyond that. This is probably the most unique VE since ’04 with the kafir lime. Actually, it kinda reminds me of that one. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:49:37 | More by taez555
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goldbot

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
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psumjl269

Virginia

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

A- Nice amber colored pour. Not much head.

S- I smell the chilis in this. I also smell nutmeg or cardamom or something of the like.

T- Malty with cinnamon/nutmeg being the dominant flavor. I wish the chili smell translated into the taste.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel. Very good and drinkable.

O- I thought this was pretty good. It is a unique tasting beer; however, I get no chili taste, just the smell. If the chilis actually came through in the taste, it would push this beer through the stratosphere.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:10:55 | More by psumjl269
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a short wispy head.

Smell: spicy yeast, cinnamon, and some malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice malty brew with loads of cinammon, a bit of spicy peppers, black pepper spice, belgian yeast, a hint of chocolate, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crsip throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: easy to drink, but slow sipping with the spiciness of it all. Should be nice in a year from now when it mellows a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:59:28 | More by Gavage
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iadler

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled while in line for the FFF Anniversary party.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a nice two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Vegetal at first with notes of bell peppers and light chili peppers followed by some spices with cinnamon and pepper. Burnt sugar and caramel malt are in the background

T- Very sweet and vegetal with a good amount of caramel malt, cinnamon, bell peppers, mild green chilies, clove and under ripe banana.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes a bit sweet with the spices lingering.

O- Meh, didn't really like this too much. Too sweet and vegetal as well as the flavors seeming to clash with each-other. Not sure if aging this beer would help at all to tone down the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:38:13 | More by iadler
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flexabull

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, clear dark and bright garnet color with a big rocky white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are yeasty, some caramel, and nuttiness.

Taste starts out with nice subtle chili heat, earthy and nutty, with light caramel sweetness. Beer settles into some Belgian yeast flavors, cloves, faint banana, cinnamon spice and pepper. Finish is slightly warm from the alcohol and with earthy hop bitterness. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, with plenty of body.

Overall, I like it. This is unique and tasty, but I am pretty sure there will be plenty of detractors, just like 10.10.10, but I'm a fan of this one. Not really sure how the chilis are going to hold up over time, but the base beer is quite good on it's own. Well done Stone for producing this tasty and unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:38:24 | More by flexabull
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking beer. A couple fingers of creamy substantial head form and stay for a bit. The beer is a bright/deep rust/amber color. Perfect clarity, no visible carbonation. Just a touch of lace.

Aroma is fairly bold and a blend of spice, sweet malt notes and some yeast notably clove. Cinnamon is there, but not pronounced.

The first sip is almost overwhelming. What a thick flavor. Deep sweet malt meets cinnamon and clove. Almost more clove than the cinnamon. The Belgian yeast provides a lot of depth here. The chilis provide a touch of warmth and a slight almost smokey pepper flavor. As I worked through the glass this grew on me a bit. A bit not a lot. The sweetness with the clove wasn’t my favorite.

Fairly bold mouth feel & a bit slick.

I will look forward to trying this again in a year. Will be interesting to see what a little age will do to this beer. I think I would have preferred to drink this with some food. On it’s own, I’m not sure it’s a beer I would seek to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 12:55:36 | More by Reagan1984
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zep9865

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter with 1/8 inch of white/tan foam head that leaves patchy lacing

Love that i can detect the chile on the nose of this beer. Smells like a fresh cut jalapeno along with brown sugar and cinnamon. Slightly figgish as well.

Beer is surprisingly sweet from the get-go with more carmelized sugar than i wanted. I was hoping for a sharp cinnamon sting to complement the chile. The pepper is presented, fortunetly. Tastes like the smell. Love the jalapeno feel.

The beer is so sweet up front that it doesn't allow you to enjoy the transition into the chile.

This beer had some good flavor, but the malt took over more than it should have. It would be better off having a lighter body and letting the chile take over

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:35:40 | More by zep9865
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:47:22 | More by Duhast500
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aasher

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer just arrived today. It pours a light brown with severe ruby red highlights and a beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are of cinnamon, nutmeg, cherries, plums, Belgian yeasts, figs, chocolate, and tobacco with a moderate chile finish. It's solid, and just enough chile to keep me interested. The flavor begins with short lived sweet malts with some slightly sweet cherries before going into a really nice chile profile that gives you a nice amount of chile spice and a nice amount of chile heat. That said, it could be hotter but it's still keeping me interested. The chile picks up a little too as it warms. I'm surprisingly a fan. It drinks between light and medium in body and has nice flavor. If this kept the amount of chile that it has now I'd be willing to get a couple of these and have one every once in awhile. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. Overall this was a solid beer and I'm glad that Stone went with this approach.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:45:45 | More by aasher
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loving44

California

2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured milk chocolate brown with a tan head.

S: The aroma is a strange combination of fruity Belgian yeast, banana, toast, and a light, earthy pepper aroma. Mixed together it's kind of weird.

T: unbalanced, chili pepper up front, with a syrupy cinnamon aftertaste. Didn't like it at all. I would assume that with some age the flavors would meld a little better, but who knows.

M: decent mouth feel, medium-heavy body.

Overall: didn't like it, and I don't want to go though the effort to age this.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:05:14 | More by loving44
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty excited to try this one.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a small, just off-white head on top. Not much retention and spotty lacing. Small bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Certainly get some cinnamon, a little bit of spice, cloves and nutmeg, as well as a little bit of dark fruit. I do get a little bit of chile at the end. The chili aroma intensifies as the beer warms.

T: Bready malt, cinnamon, cloves, and a little bit of chili, but not really as spicy as I was hoping.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, surprised it is 9.4%, does not feel that high at all.

O: Pretty decent. Had the chili been a little spicier in the flavor profile I think it would be a real winner for me. Cinnamon was prominent throughout.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:41:07 | More by mdaschaf
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Thanks to my buddy Nate for this ;)

Pours a clear orange colour. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sweet and spicy. Tastes similar. Spicy chilli spice but not hot. Cinnamon, cloves, lovely flavor profile. Well carbonated and enjoyable. Overall better than last years vertical epic.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:53:36 | More by Urbancaver
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy brownish/ruby red color with a half inch off-white head. The head doesn't stay around for long, and there's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like cinnamon, cloves, peppers, and a bit of bananas. It tastes like cloves, cinnamon, spicy and sweet peppers, bready malt, bananas and a bit of dark fruit. The heat from the peppers isn't close to being hot, but the spiciness is noticeable. It's sweet, spicy and bitter all at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. Overall I liked it, it'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:50:00 | More by bluejacket74
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle...got one to taste, and one to set back for a few years.

Pours amber in color, low head on top, but excellent, thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has the wonderful Belgian funk up front...wet leaves, damp earth, wood, clove, cinnamon, some vanilla...this beer smells awesome.

Okay...so this is a Chile Beer, as per it's style listing. Up front are some fine flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and light pungent white grapes. As the beer settles on the palate, the chilies become more apparent, but not too much in the forefront. There is some spice on the tongue, but it is not overwhelming...and, in fact, the minor amount of spice on the tongue actually adds to the Belgian dark candy sugar and spice flavor...they marry well.

The mouthfeel has a very chalky aspect to it...which is good in this sense. Chalky in the sense that it feels wild and funky. It has that hint of clove and banana (but not banana flavor--anything banana flavored is awful--this has a hint of banana from the yeast, I assume, which gives the beer some depth, as it is mixed with other spicy elements and earthy funk).

Overall, this beer is remarkable. The Belgian yeast really does the beer justice, and I doubt it would be the same without it. The chilies give a nice subtle spicy backbone to the beer, which helps to support some of the sweeter spice and yeasty funk in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:26:41 | More by movingtrain
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 07:12:48 | More by PicoPapa
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Review #2000! Before this, I'd never heard of anaheim chillies. Yeah, really. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby topped by a finger of dark off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, green pepper flesh, cilantro, Belgian candi sugar, and sweet caramel. The peppers lend a bit of heat to the cinnamon, as though the latter were really made for breath-cleansing chewing gum. The taste holds notes of caramel, light cinnamon, very light dank greens, light toasted biscuit, clove, and, in the back, a mild bit of pepper flesh and even milder bit o' heat. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Things sorta dry out near the end. Overall, this combination had potential, but the peppers, instead of providing a complimentary bit of heat, sorta drown things out with their dankness as events progress across the tongue. It's not bad in any appreciable manner, but rather a decently-flavored brew that doesn't fully impress.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color with almost no head

S: Very interesting. Get peppers, Belgian fruity yeast, malt, and some spice but not much. Peppers are more on the sweeter side, not really spicy

T: Same as the smell. Peppers really hold the stage again, but aren't really spicy at all. Belgian yeast is spicier than the peppers, with a lot of fruity notes as well. Cinnamon comes out throughout and is more of a background flavor than anything. A nice balance of sweet and spicy in general. Alcohol is extremely well blended in with the flavors as well

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Surprised with the lack of carbonation in both the appearance and feel

O: A nice chile beer that integrates the spicy Belgian yeast with the peppers and cinnamon to make a surprisingly tasty, well-balanced brew

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:22:21 | More by BEERMILER12
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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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drabmuh

Maryland

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

At the time of this review, this is the #5 top Chile Beer on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Served from a 22 ounce bottle into a Vertical Epic glass because I am one sick badass. I pity you, just so you know.

Beer is light brown, light a burnt amber, clear, big bubble carbonation, thin head, low retention, no lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is mostly sweet mildly, semi-spicy, mild pepper flavor.

Beer is medium in body, really sweet, interesting like a dubbel with a chili chilli chile flavor to the back ground. It finishes nicely and tastes really good. I would and will have it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:44:21 | More by drabmuh
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azdback

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Ruination glass. Dark red color, almost maroon. Looks kind of like cranberry juice. Tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a two finger, creamy, tan colored head. It doesn't stay long and the lace is weak.

Smell is of bananas, belgian yeast. Soggy bread and earthy notes. I can actually smell some spice.

Taste is pretty sweet. Of course I taste the bananas immediately. Cloves are there. Kind of tastes like the holidays. Cinnamon and there is just a hint of spicy peppers. Quite nice.

Mouth is smooth with creamy carbonation. Body is medium and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I must say that this was pretty tasty. I generally hate belgian influenced beer but not this one. This is also the first belgian beer that I been able to smell and taste the banana. The mild pepper finish was nice too. With all of that being said, I still don't like belgian styled beers and am pretty sure this one isn't going to change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:17:49 | More by azdback
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 0z bomber
a chile beer or and EPA/amber or a mix of the 2

A- pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger white head a nice amount of lacing

S was malts chilie,hops ,cinnamon a wet grass funk

T- was malts and hops with a a chile hot pepper taste mixed in with spice and cinnamon some belgian yeast its a cornucopia of styles tastes

M- was medium carbonation with a hot taste slightly dry and bitter that was tasty

O- i split this bomber, i think a whole one might of been a chore to drink, maybe 1 more bottle for me or if its on tap i will try again

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:20:53 | More by gatornation
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HopSlap72

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try a small glass of this during a society of beer tasters event at Elwood's Pub.

It comes off with a nice amber color with just a hint of head.

My initial smell didn't reveal the variety of ingredients that were brewed into the Vertical. After letting it sit for around five minutes i began to notice the chili smell as well as a heavy cinnamon.

It was a different different taste than i had ever tried in a beer. The cinnamon flavor i thought would be at the forefront was gone but replaced with this dried chili flavor. My first drink i was surprised, but by my second and third i was left wishing that there was more of this coming around.

Overall another great brew from Stone. If you can find a bottle of this, you really should try it. It really is one of a kind

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 18:06:34 | More by HopSlap72
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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