Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
05-18-2012 00:05:58 | More by scruffwhor
3.08/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
11-26-2011 15:55:23 | More by xnicknj
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
12-06-2011 04:35:16 | More by flagmantho
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium dark red brown. One finger fine off-white head constantly renewed by carbonation. Looks nice. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana and a hint of chile. Taste is interesting; banana Belgian flavor with a overtone of mild chile and cinnamon, finishes with a bitter chile cinnamon that clashes a bit with the beginning flavors. Nice medium creamy body An interesting experiment that almost works, but falls apart at the end. Glad I tried it.
02-11-2012 04:15:05 | More by LiquidAmber
District of Columbia
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
A: Clean ruby in hue. A good, firm pour yields a one finger head. Decent lacing and collar follow.
S: Medicinal and off-putting. There's some ground clove and certainly a bit of cinnamon here, but it's just not really coming together to form a cohesive bouquet.
T: The heat's there, alright. It's not overdone, but there's a definite tingle in the back of my throat. Herbal - like I'm drinking a bottle of Thai food. And then the cinnamon comes on and it gets me thinking...what the hell? What's the point of all this? Just an odd beer.
M: Pretty thick and dense. Well done - easily the highlight of the beer.
O: An off-the-wall entry into the VE series. I get the feeling that Greg and Co. just decided to dump some random shit into the boil, and look!! - We got our next VE!
Not a terrible beer, just not something I'd want more then 4oz of at a time.
04-05-2012 21:41:53 | More by Rhettroactive
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
12-06-2011 03:24:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-23-2011 18:40:37 | More by avalon07
3.84/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-11-2014 23:40:08 | More by WoodBrew
3.59/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-08-2013 01:05:44 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-18-2011 23:50:00 | More by bluejacket74
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
12-31-2011 18:15:51 | More by OWSLEY069
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-18-2011 04:35:38 | More by twiggamortis420
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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.
12-16-2011 00:46:15 | More by tavernjef
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-25-2012 02:08:21 | More by vfgccp
3/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
12-02-2011 02:49:16 | More by champ103
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
07-29-2013 00:13:44 | More by puboflyons
2.93/5 rDev -22.1%
A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a thin, creamy off-white mousse.
S: Strong aromas of pungent yeast, banana, clove, dark bread, cinnamon, and chiles fill the nose.
T: Bready malt and spicy, pungent yeast notes fill the mouth upon entry. They are followed by flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, banana, caramel, bitter chocolate, and Anaheim chiles. The finish is spicy and rich with cinnamon and clove notes balanced by gentle heat from the chiles and a pungent yeast backbite.
M: Medium in body with a slick, oily texture. Other reviewers have found somewhat active carbonation, but I have yet to notice it. To me, the carbonation seems active upon entry, but comes off as otherwise restrained throughout. Not the most drinkable ale in the world.
O: This ale isn't great, but isn't horrible either. Like the other Vertical Epics, Stone was obviously trying to pack this beer with strong flavors, but went overboard here. As a result, they have ended up with a product that is too esoteric, too bombastic, and too unbalanced to be tremendously appealing. In the end, there are times when a brewery simply tries way too hard to impress its clientele, and that is exactly what Stone did here.
01-07-2012 14:31:53 | More by mrfrancis
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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