Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -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.
11-18-2011 05:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly, thick foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of Anaheim peppers with a touch of heat. There was a nice malty aroma, too.
T - It had a nice spicy taste with a mild taste of hot peppers. It had a nice biscuity malt flavor with a touch of fruitiness
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is yet another great Vertical Epic beer. Love the peppery twist on a Belgian-styled ale.
12-17-2011 02:19:16 | More by zeff80
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
When I moved to first pour this one, I resisted the temptation to check the bottle to see what all was put in the beer to see if I could figure out what was in here. But after trying it, the beer seems crazy muddled with too much going on to be able to pick out individual characteristics. It's a decent enough drinker, but it seems clogged. Some more finesse would have been nice. A lot more at that.
05-09-2012 05:58:23 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, cinnamon and chilies as advertised and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with the odd but complementary combination of the cinnamon and chilies with a mild sweetness. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. the hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, it’s a good beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for something different.
07-10-2012 03:24:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Deep caramel, chocolate, and spicy notes of pepper, smoke, and clove.
T - Dark sugar, clove, and coriander up front. Some slightly harsh phenolics in the middle and a finish of brown sugar, chocolate, and dull spices.
M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - I enjoyed this quite a bit last year when I had it fresh on tap, but it is not as enjoyable now as it once was. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor is flabby and dull with a cloying meatiness that sits heavily on the palate.
01-04-2013 03:33:08 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Showed up at my local last week, not as bad as I was thinking considering the cinnamon and Anaheim chilies additions. Not very pale, more of a deep russet ruby like color going on with tan head forming thick, body slightly clouded with minimal yeast suspension floating. Head forms nice full intricate layered lacing levels. Really nice beer poured into my Stone RIS chalice that has somehow survived almost ten years of beer drinking. The cap reads a malt advocate magazine quote..."Stone Brewing defines the American craft brewing spirit", I'll agree with this since they have been one of the early trendsetters and continue to release things that break trends like their West Coast mild. I'm amazed that the Anaheim chilies don't flame me out either in my nares or the palate. Aroma has a great spectrum of fruit layers (apple/raisins) heavily ripened with natural sugars, like an earthy dubbel glazed with cinnamon spice and a full peppery finish. The first sip provides a wave of juicy caramelized malts and ripened fruit (prunes/dates/cherry)...with some spicy/hatch chilie pepper/spicy cinnamon stick ground bitterness in the finish. Not much heat as I mention spicy it really is well blended and doesn't kill the palate. A bit of astringency creeps in as a nutty/earthiness possibly from the yeast or the pepper seeds that really sets the smooth malt ride off it's path of glory. Complex interesting ale with sturdy smooth creamy carbonation and medium bodied ale with enough texture and dry finish to make it approachable with each sip. Overall Stone continues to make a more balanced chilie beer than I've tasted thus far, that's comparing a handful of experiences from Left Hand, Wynkoop, Rogue, Crazy Ed, and Great divide.
12-07-2011 19:13:01 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
22oz brown bomber with an obvious vintage date.
LOOK: Garnet amber color, healthy looking head.
SMELL: Cinnamon stick, Anaheim chilies, golden raisins, candied fruit, toasted grain, boozy alcohol.
TASTE: Cinnamon, mild chili pepper, toasted bread, dusty powdered clove, banana taffy, medicinal phenols, clean alcohol, hop bitterness, treacle, chaotic finish.
Nearly a palate overload, thankfully I prepared for this beer and I guess I am a pro more or less so I can roll with the punches. Flavors come in waves, cinnamon and chili then the Belgo-yeast character and of course the generous handful of hops all surrounded by a well balanced malt backbone. The heat, its from the alcohol ... not the chili. Possibly the most enjoyable Vertical Epic from Stone I have had that was not cellared.
11-10-2011 03:14:34 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Ours crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Great head retention with nice lacing
S: Orchard fruit, some pineapple
T: Green apples, dark candi sugar, a touch of cinnamon & grapefruit up front. Figgy notes as this warms, plus grapefruit & pineapple, dryness, a kiss of caramel as well, pepper spicyness sneaks into the party as well. Finishes with a grapefruitty hop flourish, a kiss of pineapple & just a smidge of green apple skin& some ancho chile spice & green banana that all blend together fairly well
MF: Medium bodied, creamy fairly nice balance
MF: Medium bodied, slick, good balance
Nice Americanized take on the style with twists. It says to wait until 12/12 to drink this. My doomsday calendar dictates otherwise:P
Perhaps if I come across another bottle I will save up. I think it's drinking fairly well as it is
12-21-2011 04:10:33 | More by russpowell
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
Another bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Transparent amber body.
S - Extremely vegetal - you can smell the chiles alright. Hint of cinnamon, and some sweet caramel malt. Not much Belgian character - Stone's yeast strain seems pretty mild in the phenol department.
T - The taste has more brown sugar and caramel malt flavor, with less of the chile and cinnamon I noticed in the aroma. Some unexpected citrus notes, perhaps from the yeast? Odd bitterness in the finish, not sure if it's from the chiles or some residual hops.
M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, well-hidden alcohol. Lower carbonation, and some chile heat the grows over time.
D - I'm not convinced the Belgian yeast and the chiles work quite well together. Might have been more interested fresh, but I'd skip it at this point. A disappointment seeing how much I like chile beers.
03-09-2013 02:55:31 | More by MasterSki
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-18-2011 03:44:21 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
I picked this up at Mt Rose Quick 6, enjoyed from a Duvel tulip chilled.
The color is deep bronze with light haze and thick medium tan cap with nice lace ringing the glass. Crimson when held to the light and bead is small. Smell is peppery with a chili pepper earthy scent and slight hint of chocolate malt with light cinnamon woody odor with light toasted grain accent. The feel is very good with dry bready and slight spicy blend with a hint of warmth from the peppers. The mild bitterness works with gentle carbonation that gives a creamy texture along with the mild oily element from the chilies. There is a toasty tinge in the body with semi-dry spiced finish but moderately low alcohol impact in general.
The flavor has a dry toasted malt taste followed by a spice flavor from the chilies with a light nutty woody cinnamon coming in last. There is a nice supporting hop flavor which adds to the peppery and woody notes. The chilies give a mild heat and vegetal taste to the buds with subtle yeast coming in low in the flavor threshold. I like the malt which supports well, but never really comes forward in the taste, just dry and toasty. The date like sweet accent is ther in the back with earthiness and mild alcohol beginning to become more evident in the last sips. The warmth is there near the end of the glass with tinge of fruitiness from the chilies and yeast brings out more spice in the fairly dry final taste.
Overall I really liked this compared to what I expected it to taste like. A good beer that would go well with a meal possibly a roast. I like the chili which is not that strong but does add a little heat which is pleasant. The subtle spicing is enough to makes this a very drinkable beer to me and I feel it is a well made brew. I enjoyed the chance to try this.
01-03-2012 15:08:17 | More by Slatetank
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Nice creamy big head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, clear but small sediment ruby reddish brown color.
Nose light booze and esters, reddish malts, quite malty, sweet candy and caramel, toffee, lots of sweetness, hint of a chili and cinnamon like spice, and a definite pepper.
Taste a light pepper comes out first, light heat with chili pepper, sweet malts, lots of reddish malts, caramel, candy syrup, fairly sweet which balances the light spice well. Light cinnamon in there as well. Light esters and fruit with a hint of booze. Later towards the finish is a slight earthy herbal like hop kick with some light bitterness. Finishes with a bit more light heat and touch spicy pepper flavor, touch of heat on the back of the throat, quite sticky and bit sweet, more caramel and light cinnamon all linger.
Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, lower but decent enough carb, bit syrupy.
Overall very interesting, they hit the heat level almost right with maybe just a touch more of a kick would make it perfect, not a huge pepper bomb, and nice sweet balance with touch of hops. Lots of interesting flavors, and fairly drinkable. The only qualms I have are that its a bit syrupy and a bit light on carb.
11-22-2011 12:53:52 | More by jlindros
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
odd brew here. holy. pours a dark copper red color with a nice head. smells like india, cinnamon stick and sweet caramel malts. flavor is sweet and spicy like a roasted pablano pepper. has a new flavor, peppery and spicy, but subtle and pleasant. leaves a lasting mellow heat in the roof of the mouth, maybe too long after. stood up well with the most (epic) hickory plum wood roast apple smoked 48 hour marinated sea salt brown suggar ceyenne dryrubbed organic pork tenderloin with a dijon maple reduction over fresh nutmeg creamed mashed potatoes and a whack of balsamic cranberry molassas compote... yooo
01-21-2012 06:20:24 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA
Served in a stem glass, a dark walnut brown, clear, but so dark as to almost seem opaque; capped with a small layer of wispy, off-white head. Aroma of roasty malts, bready yeast, and only a hint of peppers, that seemed more sweet than hot. I didn't really get any cinnamon in the aroma. Malty taste and very woody, nutty, with subtle cinnamon notes; mid-palate, the taste from the peppers finally revealed itself, but it was very tame, contributing much more flavor than actual heat, blending well with the other flavors, and making this beer overall more robust and less sweet. Biscuity finish with an earthy quality. Medium mouthfeel, and quite enjoyable.
12-19-2011 01:08:40 | More by Rifugium
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber that has an intense red hue. There is a half finger of creamy off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet malt smacks you in the face. There are some fruity grape and cherry notes along with mild Belgian spice. I think I'm also getting some caramel.
Taste: Initially this tastes like it is going to be a total malt bomb, full of cherry, grape, and Belgian spice. There is a bitterness that shows up and cuts the sweetness a bit. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian yeast spice and then the chili peppers show up.
Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with lots of foamy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This beer just didn't come together for me. Many of the flavors seem to distract from each other. I'm not sure that I would want another, but we'll see what age does when I open up all the VE's I have at the end of the year.
03-14-2012 00:48:33 | More by oline73
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
Nice foam-up on an amber brew. Spices are flavorful but don't shout out what they are. Very sharp flavor with the tang of alcohol. Acidic fruit flavors on top of a rich maltiness. Very fragrant. After a few sips tastes slightly hot on the tongue; more like ginger than peppers to my palate. Ends with black pepper and pencil shavings and a long winey flavor. Aftertaste has quite a bitter, medicinal taste.
They seem to have struck a balance between assertiveness and intrigue. More thought-provoking than the typical Stone powerhouse beers.
12-06-2011 06:00:50 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap at Square Burger in McKinney.
The beer pours a clear amber color with a large white head. The aroma has quite a bit of caramel and toffee, as well as a lot of green peppers and some assorted spices such as nutmeg.
The flavor is has a lot of cinnamon, peppers, toffee and Belgian yeast. All of the spices and peppers surprisingly work well together and make the beer enjoyable. There is also a touch of alcohol, but not as much as I expected.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-10-2012 21:35:59 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.
a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.
s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, nutmeg, Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, and cloves. Quite Belgian-ale like, with cinnamon at the forefront. Pretty nice, no chiles to be had here though.
t - Tastes of chili peppers, spices, cinnamon, bready malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and light fruit. Peppers are definitely present in the taste and aftertaste. I didn't think it was bad at all, though a step down from the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9.4$ ABV, though a sipper due to the chili and spices in the aftertaste.
o - Overall an interesting beer. I didn't think it was bad at all, though a 10 oz. glass was enough for me, so couldn't see putting down a bomber of this. Nose is very Belgian ale like fused with cinnamon, while the taste has the chile peppers, so guess they got what they were going for. I'll pick one up for the vertical.
11-16-2011 18:35:01 | More by mdfb79
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Sampled November 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer isa a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of caramelized cotton candy, bubblegum, lots of clove and ample pear and apple like fruit notes. This is backed by some toasted, whole grain, a touch of sweet tea like character (but only just a touch) . The beer is a bit unbalanced towards bubblegum, fruitiness and clove notes from the Belgian yeast, though not so much so that this is bad. Hmm, there it is in the far finish, the green chile comes through with a distinct vegetal, green chile like note as well as a some spiciness that smells of green and pepper.
The beer tastes extremely sweet, but most of this is perceived sweetness due to huge fruit, bubblegum and clove flavors that plays such a big role in the flavor. I don’t notice any of the green chile in my first sip. This definitely tastes a bit like bubblegum flavored cotton candy and there is a huge, slightly tongue numbing, phenolic clove note in the finish. There is an apple cider note (slightly oxidized cider tasting, though this is not actually oxidized), perhaps a touch of caramelized pear. The phenolic character contributes some cured plastic like notes that can be a bit much when combined with the clove character. The malt contributes a sharp, sort of roasted, spicy toasted, whole grain character. The green-chile character from the nose is a lot more subtle in the flavor; there is perhaps a hint of pepper in the finish, but this could almost be attributable to the spiciness from the yeast character. The chile, during a sip, is more noticeable as an oral nasal note rather than a flavor. The texture is not overly heavy, but it is definitely has a certain chewiness to it.
This really is just a bit too unbalanced; somehow the yeast character runs rampant in this beer in a bit of a simplistic manner with its focus on bubblegum, clove, plastic and too expressive fruit character. There is a chance that this will mellow out a bit, so if you have the patience I would recommend that you let this beer sit for 6 months or perhaps better a year. If the green chile character was a bit more prominent in the flavor and the yeast character was toned down just a bit this would be quite a bit better.
02-15-2012 03:28:43 | More by Gueuzedude
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
Full off white head. This settles to single layer but it leaves some streaky lace. The color is deep, dark amber.
Rich caramel aroma with some cinnamon, all spice and cardamom. Belgian yeast Plenty of warming alcohol as well.
Spicy, almost peppery, with a strong kick of alcohol in the swallow. The body is on the thin side. The carbonation is also a little low. The flavor is of dark malts and orange zest. Good hop presence in the aftertaste.
12-18-2011 01:22:32 | More by smcolw
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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