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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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478 Reviews

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Reviews: 478
Hads: 1,508
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 449 | 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:
Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011

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
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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a large thick light tan head that slowly faded into a thick quarter inch layer leaving streaks of patchy lacing down the glass.
S: Light nose on this one. I get notes of golden fruits, Belgian yeast, pears and a bit lemon, earthy hops and raisins. The cinnamon comes through nicely and the chili is roasted smelling, tingly to my nose, and thankfully just barely detectable.
T: Sweeter than I expected. The Belgian yeast comes through prominently followed by fruity flavors of raisins and pears. The finish has flavorful cinnamon and hops, and the aftertaste is sugary and has a light ‘chili’ flavor. There isn’t really any spicy heat to this beer, but I do get a little bit of lingering tingling on my lips after each swallow.
M: Soft but ample carbonation, full mouthfeel from all the bubbly carb, and a thick and airy body.
O: I could see how this is a love it or hate it beer but I actually thought it was pretty good. Very creamy with good clean flavors. Say what you will but I thought this was well done.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for procuring this treat. Was super stoked to finally crack this brew alongside my BA bro!

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red with a thumb of big bubbled off-white head, decent retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is complex, the Belgian notes are prominent with the cloves, yeast esthers and cinnamon coming through alongside the chili pepper notes and a subtle earthy citrus hop.

T - Widely ranging on the palette, started off with the cloves and cinnamon notes, dark fruit notes, earthy plums and fig newtons. The chili flavours come through on the finish offering up a unique earthy chili oil resin flavour. Hints of bitter earthy citrus hops and some muddled caramel also linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Well worth the wait, and definitely a unique brew. If you're a fan of chili beers, you'll certainly appreciate the flavour this brew brings to the table. The ABV has mellowed and is incredibly well hidden, offering up only a touch of heat. The cinnamon complements the chilies nicely and the flavours tend to become more robust as the brew warms. A worthy brew indeed!!

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Photo of blackie
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft at Rustico Ballston around the time of release...

a: a totally gorgeous beer served from draft to tulip, a cloudy ruby-amber in color, floating a thick, meringue-thick head, off-white in color, with superb retention and heavy lace

s: the nose starts things off in intriguing fashion - a sweet toasted malt underpinning holds big medicinal phenols - band-aid and clove, cinnamon spice, yeasty esters, and hatch chiles that provide both fruity and spicy notes, lots happening here - certainly challenging, but not offensive, the combination of chile and spice does totally dominate the nose

m: smooth, creamy, lively carbonation on the medium bodied beer

t: first sip was a classic "wtf" moment - never expected the mess of flavor found, even though the nose might have hinted at it - the phenols, spice, and pepper that intrigued on the nose combine here to create a shocking disaster of a palate - reminiscent of cheap perfume, incense, and sandalwood soap, an apparently generous hop addition brings a bitterness to the finish that just doesn't match up, no chile heat noted, sure - I'm not totally down on it - the base beer seems nice and the moments of isolated hatch chile are enjoyable - but there's just way too much clashing here, for the first 1/3 of the glass I wanted to dump it in a shrub, the second 1/3 was just a chore (soldiered on, can't say I didn't give it a fair shot), and the last 1/3 not so terrible - either deadened tastebuds or an alcoholic numbness to the rescue

o: a beer that's initially inventive and interesting on the nose turns scary on the tongue - some good and bad to this one, overshooting tasteful boundaries, gonna take more than a year to mellow this baby out


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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

942nd Review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint

Purchased 11/10 and consumed 11/11/11

App- A bit of a caramel brown with some amber and reds. A mid 1 finger head to a a small bit of bubbles on the top of the beer. A small bit of cling but not much.

Smell- So this is labeled as a Chili beer but the aromatics are clearly of the Belgian origin. More yeast with a small bit of banana and clove. The chili just seems lost.

Taste- It's a tasty beer. This has a good pocket of flavor but I feel they should've stuck with the base beer. I get some nice flavors but clearly the chili is a secondary flavor. I really don't get the cinnamon on this one. More of a Belgian Pale but just different color.

Mouth- This was a medium body with a medium carbonation level. The redsidual flavors are of a Belgian beer but just a tad bit of chili.

Drink- The series is coming to a close and I feel that Stone is pushing the boundaries now. This was flavorful and subdued. I liked the base flavors and the layering. Needed more of the yeast and base flavors.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark, caramel brown with a light, beige foam head and resilient bubbles.

S: Spicy jalapeno-like spiciness is coupled with moderate hop bitterness in the aroma, a bit of flora and a sugary sweet reprieve, but it’s mostly spicy.

T/M: For as spicy as the aroma was, you’d anticipate something along the lines of Cave Creek Chili Beer, but this one is pleasingly well balanced. Earthy hops introduce the forefront followed by a mellow tang akin to banana peppers and rich, caramel maltiness. The cinnamon portrays more of a Belgian like spiciness and compliments the rest of the ensemble well.

Everything is well balanced, but it’s still a pepper beer in the end and you have to really enjoy that style. I’d drink it again, but not if choices were more abundant. I wonder what date they’re going to release 12.12.12…


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. This is the first VE that I've had more than a couple ounces of.

3.5 A: Minimally hazed dark amber color. Almost three fingers of foamy/frothy beige head. Retention isn't that great, but that might be a function of the Anaheims in this and little lacing is left.

4.5 S: The yeast is running the show on this brew. Lots of banana esters, bubblegum, and to a lesser extent, clove and pepper in this. The cinnamon adds a moderate contribution, which works really well with the spicy yeastiness. A small plum and apple fruitiness from the malts. The Anaheims don't contribute a lot to the nose.

3.5 T: Unlike the nose, it doesn't take much effort to find the Anaheims in the taste. Their earthy/vegetal character is easily discernible. More clove and pepper than the nose with less banana and bubblegum. The cinnamon is a bit distracting, but tolerable enough. I like what the peppers bring, but I think there's just a little too much of them, especially in the aftertaste (which is a dry, vegetal bitterness).

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess.

4.0 D: Definitely an interesting experiment and I'm happy to have tried it. I think the ingredient combo is a good one, but that the proportions might be a tad off.

Here's my review from a late 2012 vertical of 03.03.03 - 12.12.12.

2.5 A: Murky light brown color. Not much head formed.

3.5 S: Holy piss have the peppers gained strength. Huge Anaheim aroma. The cinnamon is all but lost. Banana and light spice.

3.5 T: Again a ton of pepper flavor and a nice vegetal spiciness from that. More cinnamon in the taste. Banana, bubblegum.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Not bad.

3.5 D: Decent overall. I like how the peppers have opened up.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice offering in the epic series with a nicely spiced Belgian ale shining with chilies, more aromatic and flavorful than hot.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Vertical label design and narrative highlighting the year batch of the brew 2011 and as in these series reminds that each bottle is released one year, one moth, and one day from the preceding edition so officially 11.11.11. Narrative on the side, noting intent, main ingredients, and style. Shows 9.4 %Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/crimson pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention and surface memory, alongside good touches of lacing.

S - Spicy nose, chilies, dash of cinnamon…

T - Yeasty touches with a sweetness coated in the chilies… very prominent but as promised more flavor than heat, nice sense of it… cinnamon flows more so in the finish with the spicy yeast and its estery and spicy fruitiness.

M - Medium body, with medium/low carbonation and a smooth sense with a nice lingering finish.

O - Nice flow, distinct chilie emerges over the spiced Belgian sense but adding range and not hotness per se.

Notes: Reminds me quite a bit of…. Mad Elf with chilies? A not too dissimilar range with the extra edge of the hot peppers… I wonder if this touches will fade over time or if actually this really has potential for aging. Worth the try right now in any case.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Cinnamon hue with tall 2-3 fingers of uniformly bubbled, oatmeal colored head with good retention and spots of lacing.

S: Heavily spiced with cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, and then more cloves. The chiles are not perceptible. The maltiness is burnt toffee and candi sugar.

T: The spices are over the top and too forceful -- they dominate instead of accentuate. The brown sugar and rye toast maltiness and candi sugar is lost with all of the clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors that add up to phenol overload. I never picked up a chile or banana flavors which I am glad about. The hops are very background with earthy, herbal tones.

M: The body is medium-full with active carbonation and but a slightly lacquered feel due to all the spices.

O: Tried it, didn't like it, glad I only bought one. I was hoping some time would mellow the spices more. It is a very intense, overdone phenolic beer. If you like cloves, you will really like this beer. If you don't, avoid.

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Photo of Brent
2.06/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did I get a bad bottle? That is the first thought that crossed my mind. Some editions of this beer I've liked more than others, but this is the first of the series that I have simply disliked. Some Belgian yeast notes and perhaps some Belgian candy sugar, but hovering at the surface was a dusty, acrid bitterness, like cheap dried spice that has languished too long in the spice cabinet. Drying at the end with an unpleasant woodyness.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vertical 11.11.11 pours a darker copper color. It’s mostly clear, but has a really nice crimson tint when held to light. An off-white head covers the top. It rises to about a finger in height before falling to a surface covering. It holds there for quite a while. A nice, sticky web of lace trails behind.

The nose is good. It’s a nice, strong spicy scent up front. Smells like it’s a product of Belgian yeast. Clove and pepper are easily noted. There’s a hint of banana in the mix. It complements the spicy notes well. Cinnamon is definitely in the mix. It smells alright. I can’t say it adds a great deal, but it’s not bad either. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t overbearing. Smells pretty good.

The flavor is alright. Belgian yeast comes through loud and clear initially. It definitely adds a spicy jolt to the flavor. Clove and pepper are the strongest flavors. Banana is noted, but is somewhat subtle and light. It’s a nice touch nonetheless. Works well with the yeast. Cinnamon is definitely noted. It’s alright, but seems to conflict just a little with the other spicy flavors. Perhaps it’s just a little too strong. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes spicy and cinnamon-y.

The body is light-medium. Carbonation is somewhat active, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down somewhat easy, but could use a little more body. It won’t be confused with an authentic Belgian. For what it’s worth, the flavor grows a tad tiresome and slows things down a little about halfway through the bottle.

Vertical 11.11.11 is an interesting addition to the Vertical Epic series. The results are pretty good, but could’ve been better. Its biggest problem is that it’s just too spicy. The strong cinnamon flavor conflicts a little too much with the other spices. It’s really not bad at all though. I do admire the ambition and creativity. It’s definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours semi cloudy dark copper with a small off white head that faded to a small film and left some spotted lacing

smells of chilies banana nutty fruity malt

taste is solid - the chilies are very present and change a very standard been there drank that beer into something interesting

mouthfeel is a medium light body with good carbonation semi dry

overall great flavor and i enjoyed every sip - doubt i will buy another one just for the fact it will not be brewed again and there are plenty of one of beers out there i have not tried plus i dont see this aging well

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Photo of Oakenator
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown-amber in color and does have a slight unfiltered look to it. Good head at pour but savored in a small glass. Good vertical lacing on the glass. I expected more from the nose of this beer given the flavor - still smells good but doesn't reveal much more than a string Belgian style ale with maybe some clove coming through. Taste is complex and wonderful - subtle chilies that builds over time. Other pleasant spices with a nice malt balance.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Little Pub in Ridgefield, CT, in a Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

The pour is dark brown that builds to a 1/4 off white foam at the top. Good stickiness.

Very different smell/taste. From the notes I am looking for the cinammon and the chilis - the former is very faint, and I definitely get the peppery backbone. Theres a dark layer throughout, with that semi-sweetness you'd expect in Belgian style. A stiff but deeper hop awaits the close. The alcohol is noted, but not dominant.

Overall a very interesting beer. Not sure I'd love 22ounces of this bad boy, but the draft tulip made for an interesting dinner accompaniment.

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Photo of Boto
2.32/5  rDev -38%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served barely cool from the cellar. Split to a pair of glasses, one a standard teardrop, the other one of the fancily-engineered Sam Adams glasses (interesting to see the difference).

The tenth and penultimate in the Vertical Epic series that dates back to years before my immersion into craft beer (I think 05.05.05 was the first I took notice of...). This iteration (called a 'non sequitur edition' on the label) struck me as intriguing right away, with its uses of Anaheim chilies and whole cinnamon sticks as adjuncts (hey, I like both of those things!). I was able to try this one in the early morning hours of 11.12.11 at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans (perhaps the only keg then tapped in Louisiana) - didn't feel up to note-taking then. This is my second bottle, with a couple more tucked away for safekeeping downstairs.

A: Rusty-amber pour looks warm and inviting, not so 'Pale'... a deep 'tea' color with a touch of red rosiness. I mentioned above pouring to two glasses; the Sam one built a big crackling foam lid of tan-mocha, maybe 2 fingers... but faded much more quickly than the other glass, which held a denser foam at less than a finger. Both pours show a fine hanging mist of sediment, an indication that filtration only went so far. Really no lace in either glass.

S: Both peppers and cinnamon are notable in the nose, subtleties that passed when the beer first poured but that expand when the chill wears off. Combined with a mildly- fruited/spiced Belgian yeast (clove and tropical fruit), it's alluring... yet not quite as strong as I'd have liked.

T: First sips yield a mildly tart citrus twang, then an earthy dryness (thanks to Flanders Golden Ale yeast, clearly). Spicy and bread crust-grainy at once, the woody cinnamon sticks and mildly smoky warmth of chilies are more apparent in the finish. A little clove/banana off & on, but mostly black pepper drying as a lasting flavor.

M: Borderline thick, but smooth nonetheless. I really enjoyed the tingling warmth, fueled both by pepper oils and the alcoholic depth. Good carbonation, prickly enough to accentuate the warmth, not overly busy to detract from the experience. The slightest bit grainy/sticky.

O: Likable, very likable. I'm on a 'pepper' roll the last few days, having enjoyed a Terrapin/Schmaltz peppered brown ale yesterday and a Calapooia the day before (plus a scoop over the weekend of some of the planet's finest ice cream, the Burnside 'Sweet Heat'-based candied pepper one from Portland's Salt & Straw). This VE may be a departure from the past stylings in the series, but that doesn't make it any less tasty. Well played, Stone.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A deep auburn bordering on caramel brown with a thin light brown head.

The aroma is a strange combination of tangy Belgian yeast, caramel malts, a bit of banana, and a very mild, earthy chile presence. They don't seem to blend particularly well together, though on paper I know it doesn't sound all that bad. Maybe it's the cinnamon's fault?

The flavor is just as confused as the aroma. The Belgian yeast is dominant along with a sweet banana flavor, some cracked black pepper, and just a hint of chile warming lingers. On paper, it doesn't sound that bad, but it really wasn't at all enjoyable.

Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation.

A mess. I struggled through my 8oz. and didn't finish the glass.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exceptionally different ale, presented itself with a deep, rich yet cloudy mahogany color. The aroma is of sweet malt, prunes or dates, cinnamon and yes, chiles. This combination should not work but does quite nicely. The cinnamon is not as present but the sweet malt is at the front. The chilis are more forward at the end of the bottle and I really enjoyed the second half more than the first. The completely different nature of this ale makes it succeed and I recommend it for anyone experimenting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Consumed after aging past the recommended date of 12/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy brownish copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and fruity aroma with a sharp mix of spices. Toasted malts with good hints of biscuit, yeast, toffee, and a little caramel. Big hint of bananas with some apple and dark prune. Sharp hints of chili peppers along with some clove and cinnamon spices. Also a slight hint of citrus fruit and brown sugar. A little scent of alcohol comes through. A nicely complex and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a complex mix of bready malts, spices, and fruit esters. Sweet bready malts with a taste of biscuit, yeast, toast, toffee, and caramel. A little brown sugar sweetness. Good taste of bananas and apples. Also some dark prunes and dates along with a little citrus. Notes of spices including chili peppers, cinnamon, and cloves. The spicing is quite noticeable but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors, they blend in nicely. Tastes similar to a dark Belgian ale with a good dose of added pepper and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol heat is felt a little.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian style ale. The spices added are just enough to add a interesting profile without making it too hot.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.11.11, a year and change later. In a pint glass.

Very cloudy and muddy brown. Looks like pond water with some afterwash foam scum.

Cardboard oxidation, overripe banana, caramel, and muddy malts.

Definitely didn't keep well. Papery and caramelized and turned. Cinnamon is still prevalent and the banana is just behind the accent. The heat is barely there. It's just not right, however. No distinguishable malt profile. Only what I remember from last year.

Drinks smooth, but with light carbonation. Alcohol levels are a little seeping.

Should have reviewed this last year. An otherwise okay beer turned bad. Time was not the answer. Sorry Stone. Drain pour.

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Photo of harrymel
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a NB chalice, this is a moderate amber beer with a medium head. From the nose, I get notes of a fruity, lightly phenolic Belgian-type beer, absent any spiciness. The flavor initially presents some sweetness, giving away to light medicinal phenol notes and ripe fruitiness. Alcohol is mildly apparent at the close. The cinnamon is subtle, but detectable. I can't catch any hint of the chiles, perhaps because anaheims are so mild. Not sure of the point of them.

We have here a decent Belgian beer, but without anything particularly special about it, to my taste. Needs lots more epicness.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.