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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

1,487 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 41
Gots: 439 | 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:
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 nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing scarlet red body. Good clarity. Thin bubbly beige head leaves sparse lace. Wonderful aroma. Thick dubbel like aroma with a nice peppery touch. Nice bready yeastiness and brown sugar as well. The bready yeastiness and cakiness carries over to the palate nicely. The pepper presence is stronger on the tongue than the nose, but it's not too overbearing...to me anyway. Brings a nice little sting to the equation. Candied malt presence as well with just a hint of alchol. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This pretty good. Quite unique and flavorful.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a color that I usually don't associate with a pale ale of any nationality: auburn and brown? A little cloudy looking for a pale ale too. Nice offwhite head on the top, about 3/4" deep. Aroma had me going into the belgian wit place. We're already two qualities in, and neither one makes me think belgian pale ale. Coriander and cardamom have no place in any pale ale.

Taste has some spice flavors, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and a little booze with a hint of citrus throughout. I wasn't the biggest fan of it, but it was seemingly a tad complex. And I've had worse vertical epics to be sure. Couldn't really pick up any chile pepper addition.
Clove keeps coming out more and more as it warmed. Complex stuff, but not really up my alley.

Thanks to Sebastian for bringing this one to the March Madness bottle share. Unfortunately David Hurley, beverage peon at the El Dorado Casino decided to renege on the word of the El Dorado and shut down our bottle share a day early, because it offended his BMC reps that we were having a good time not drinking the $40 to drink all day Bud Light deal. Screw that guy and establishment that supposedly supports craft beer. But thanks to Sebastian for bringing this beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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.

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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!

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.