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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 431 | FT: 21
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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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

THECPJ, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip - garnet body, dark cream head - wouldnt have pegged this as a BSPA

smell: spice, yeast, cinnamon, pepper, fruity esters

taste: the vertical series was once such an exciting concept - hell i'm sitting on every vintage from 2003 to 2011, but i'm not even sure why anymore. none of them have been particularly outstanding and December 2012 is shaping out to be a pretty bad month for beer drinking if i have to kill all these things. But i digress - i really dont have any issue with this beer, its just kind of boring. Beer brewed with anaheim chiles and lots of spice, shouldnt be boring, but it is. muddied belgian yeast flavors, cinnamon, spice from the pepper.

mouthfeel: medium, rich

overall: somewhere along the line, Stone became DFH 2.0, and unfortunately innovation doesnt always taste great.

dirtylou, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: well, I'm not certain I'd call this a "pale" ale. It has a rich, ruddy amber hue, with only the tiniest hint of haze to the body. Cap is a finger of nice ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: mild aroma which has a lot of yeast character. There's spiciness, breadiness, biscuit and just a hint of band-aids. Not bad, but not really my cup o' tea.

Taste: nice earthy malt flavor provides a base for the chilies. These come through with a fresh peppery flavor right from the beginning. Heat is low, but I can feel it building slowly as I drink. I'm not, personally, sold on chili beers, and while I appreciate what they are trying to do here, I don't love this beer. Competent and well-made, but not really tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent carbonation and resulting creaminess. Sokay.

Overall: this beer doesn't really appeal to me, but if you like chili beers then it is definitely worth your time.

flagmantho, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, May 18, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a fairly clear amber color with some reddish hues. Thinner beige head fades out leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Some spicy notes in the nose with a light caramel sweetness. The chilies and cinnamon pretty much dominate here.

Somewhat sweet and spicy up front with a kick from the cinnamon. Light caramel and bready notes towards the middle with some yeasty funk. Finishes with some residual heat from the chilies.

Medium body, decent carbonation, warm on the tongue and throat from the chilies. This felt pretty one note to me. Yeah, I got the cinnamon and chilies, which was kind of cool, but not a whole lot else.

xnicknj, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My good friend decided it was time to crack the Epic from 11/11/11. The beer poured a cloudy amber with no head and no lacing. The scent carried a definite chili type spice and a faint cinnamon flare. The taste was very smooth but had big chilli at the end. The start was sweet. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I am grateful to try this beer.

WoodBrew, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very little lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chilis, hops, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of chilis, some yeast, hops, malt coriander, cinnamon, and some other spices. This beer was a bit on the thin side, especially in the finish. Definitely an uneven flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I was not as much a fan of this beer as I was with the other Vertical Epics I've tried. It's a very uneven brew.

avalon07, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
9.4% ABV, Limited Release, Age at cellar temp 55°F or below.

Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing two of these bottles up from the flatlands for me!

A - 11.11.11 pours a gorgeous rusty brown in color with stunning clarity and a bold, tall off-white head. Thick wispy lace remains caked to the glass in the pile's wake.

S - Cinnamon overtones pop out immediately and are followed by a pinch of the chili addition in the background. Spice notes aplenty, 11.11.11 has strong Belgian yeast characteristics coming through with a bit of grainy pale malt.

T - Strong cinnamon is in the foreground again, now followed by pale and amber malt, toasted biscuit, and a Belgian yeast finish full of robust spice esters. I find the chilies add little flavor but rather a nice, mellow heat to the finish.

M - Fully carbonated and medium-light in body, 11.11.11 is spicy from all angles here; cinnamon additions, Belgian yeast esters, and heat from the chilies. Not hot though, this one finishes just right.

O - A near perfect pairing with some day-old spicy chili, the two biggy-back off each other in a strangely complimentary way. One helluva unique brew, Stone's 11.11.11 Vertical Epic is different but not just different to be so. It works!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Axnjxn, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 month old bottle.

A - Nice light khaki head with a relatively loose bubble.  Nice lace and retention.  Beautiful maple amber body.

S - Bright booze highlights white raisin, banana, ancho chili, dry coffee, and a touch of cinnamon.

T - Sweet yellow raisins, caramel malt, and banana open for a stellar ancho chili, coffee, and cinnamon center.  Herbal and green pepper hops roll deep into the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body with a nice lazy lingering finish.

O - A surprising flavor profile that winds up working extremely well.

vfgccp, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Well the latest reviews are a big let down that this beer hasn't aged well for the past two years. Still I managed to obtain a bottle for 7 bucks at the Beermuda in Lower Burrell.

A - Rocking 1/2 inch of opaque colored head means carbonation held up well. Beer is a dark murky amber brown.
S - Smell is very mild with pepper spice, cinnamon, fruity esters, and a touch of sweet malts.
T - Starts off innocently enough. Fruity flavors and mild cinnamon but then the peppers kick in. It's really not spicy but it doesn't clash with the dry Belgium yeast making it bitter and dry. The finish also hounds the hops which I assume have an impact of the bitter. The flavors do meld away so its not terrible just less than interesting.
M - Well the body is great very medium with just a touch of carbonation. Easily drinkable like other stone beers.

Overall sucks that the flavors in this really have gone down hill. Looking at the review it was never really great but now it's even less than that. Don't pick up a bottle if you see it. It's beyond it's prime.

DrDemento456, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear crimson color with very little retention or lace on the tan foam.

Nose is both chipotle and green chile with a dose of caramel and green apples. Muy interesante...

Taste throws enough chiles out there to make it a definite chile beer but does not really have any heat to it. Tastes like a souped up amber with some various chili additions. ABV might be a bit higher necessary, but overall this was pretty tasty. Half a bomber was just about the right amount for me. Would not buy again, but was certainly worth a go. I dont think this will age well, however, for those who are saving the various vertical epics.

twiggamortis420, Dec 18, 2011
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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cinnamon brown with a muted glow capped smallishly to about a finger height with a bone white firm foam that slips off slowly leaving large trace amounts of patchy thin sheeting lace across the goblet.

Soft aroma of malty sweetness thats a bit of bright raisin and date, but dullly set, mixing with some duller bread notes. Lots of bell pepper spice shines through as it warms and brings in a bit of layering to its otherwise plainish malty fruity nose.

Taste brings in much more complexity then what the aroma tends to lead on with, as a much more, well defined peppery chili pepper and bell pepper sweet spicyness percolates the front end and slips off into a tender Belgain fruity breadyness of malty soothingness. Cookie spices of vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger all brim about the edge of some eager fruit bread laced with raisin, starfruit, apricot, and date. What I like most is how it all fits amoungst a firm yet dulled yeastyness that's both earthy dry yet sweetish. Quite a nice taster.

Bold medium body with a wholesome malt backbone promised by earthy dry yeastyness and lots of fun spices mixing about in its malty sweetness.

A wonderful treat of an Ale! Lots of potential for aging with its beefy 9+%. Will be interesting to see what developes as it sits even longer.

tavernjef, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Duff27, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

barnzy78, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A two finger beige head forms with very good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first, kind of a slick and soapy hops aroma. That quickly fades to caramel, raisins, and peppery heat. Not bad, it just does not mesh well with me.
T: A large sweetness. Burnt caramel, plenty of raisins, and heat. Both from the peppers and alcohol. Hum...interesting to say the least. Just off and odd.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slick and oily. Fairly smooth as well. The heat and odd mesh of flavors makes this a little harder to drink than I would like. I probably will not finish the bottle.

Interesting, but I really don't care to drink very much of this. I would of much rather had about a 4-5 oz taste. A full bomber is just to much to enjoy.

champ103, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

KevinGordon, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle "rescued" from an out of the way bottle store in Western, Massachusetts USA on July 28, 2013. Last leftover in stock.

The pour is a handsome mahogany brown, rich amber color with a tannish head and consistent "up the middle of the glass" carbonation.

The aroma has a quick malty and cinnamon sweetness that is fervently replaced by pepper and other spices in short order. Delightful.

The body is medium to bold with a creamy quality to it.

The taste is much like the aroma with an upfront sweetness that is superseded rather quickly by the pepper and spices that linger long to the end. Slight alcohol burn but quite tolerable. It aged quite well.

puboflyons, Jul 29, 2013
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.