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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

1,446 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 423 | FT: 18
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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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

09-12-2013 19:09:47 | More by CityofBals
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-04-2012 21:54:07 | More by kevgod
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-15-2011 09:07:25 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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freduardo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-16-2012 03:43:35 | More by freduardo
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

2.4/5  rDev -36.2%

22oz into Deschutes pint glass.

A- Nice orangey amber on the pour, a sandy tan, almost eggnog head builds and leaves some rather nice lacing on the glass. Foam is dense.

S- The yeast in this one is crazy. Lots of bubblegum, bananas, and all around spicy yeast goodness. You get a nice whiff of the cinnamon and the faintest hint of the peppers.

T- Eh, Wow. I taste the banana-y yeast, it jumps out from the start. The cinnamon is muted, and the chiles provide a mild green note. Alcohol is very present... Spices intermingle, but not really to the benefit of anything. The spicy and the sweet flavors do not mesh, my tongue is confused.

M- What is that? I don't think it's the chile. Cinnamon? Something's leaving a weird feeling in my mouth. OK, the chile shows up in the end too, with a bit of heat. It's got to be the alcohol? I think this one's a bit too boozy for its own good.

O- Did not finish- not even my first glass. Really unappealing flavors. Sorry, Greg, I thought I was going to seriously groove on this one, but it's a head-scratcher.

11-14-2011 23:13:20 | More by ShogoKawada
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

11-14-2012 17:09:55 | More by grahamboudreaux
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VonZipper

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-12-2012 21:31:57 | More by VonZipper
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KajII

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown foamy head that reduced to a few puddles and a large collar with good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted caramel malts and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, chili's, dried fruit (raisons and figs) and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was malty sweet and a bit acidic with a note of caramel and a touch of cinnamon and chocolate early on, and then progressed with a seriously bold maltiness that had hints of toffee, dried fruit and a light spicy alcohol finish. The flavor lasted for a good long while with a slightly spicy sweet warming sensation, which hit you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a very interesting brew, lots of complexity with the flavors in this one. That being said, they all seemed to work extremely well together, making this a very enjoyable drinking experience...

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10-02-2012 16:41:32 | More by KajII
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a maple syrup color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of roasted chiles, banana, and yeast spice.

Tastes of Belgian fruit notes and spice with the chiles running throughout. Banana with some sweetness comes through first along with a bit of apple. Chiles come in next and add a bit of meatiness and nice roasted notes. Spice comes on the end with clove and cinnamon notes combining with a small amount of heat from the chiles. As it warms, a bit of a phenolic character comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer, and feel that the base beer would most likely be good on its own, but the chiles make it even better. However, I should qualify this with the fact that I like to add roasted green chiles to almost everything I cook, so it may only appeal to those like me.

11-13-2011 02:46:41 | More by ocelot2500
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-15-2011 19:28:28 | More by BeerThursdays
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-23-2013 22:22:28 | More by SPRichard
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a pint glass as When Pigs Fly. Pours a muddy brown color with roughly a finger of of beige head.

Hints of spiciness in the aroma with some fruit and a belgian yeast aroma. A little peppery on the aroma. The flavor is real nice. Good rich malts with a fruity raisin/plumb aroma with a little bit of an after burn to finish it off.

Nice medium body here with good carbonation. Nice lingering flavors.

Overall pretty tasty. Good amount of chili's to give it a good complimenting flavor.

11-20-2011 23:58:29 | More by Bendurgin
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Decided to tap into this as I am very stressed over the cowboys giants win and in game. Man I'm stressed

A- pours an amber brown body with clashes of orange emerging as light hits the brew. The head of foam completely stays around... Almost as if it's never going to go away. Thick lacing all over the glass

S- Belgian yeast with candy fruit flavors and cinnamon. I smell an ever so slight chili pepper scent at the end. Even a little alcohol

T- Initially I get some heat with dark raisen flavor. Those slowly converge with the Belgian yeast and cinnamon flavors that is both hearty and sweet with flavor. There is more evidence of the peppers on the exit. There is really a Ron going on with the brew and that surely makes it interesting

M- carbonation and syrupy flavors mold well together. The yeasty flavor remains making it good

O- there is no question 11-11-11 is something different... And I like that. So many different headlines for the brew and it only keeps it interesting. I will prob grab a fee more if these to throw downstairs

01-02-2012 02:14:26 | More by lovindahops
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-03-2013 17:33:31 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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JoelClark

Idaho

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2014 20:33:23 | More by JoelClark
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doughanson78

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium ruby red with a slight brown tint and nice clarity. One and a half finger light tan head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Chilies and light cinnamon make a interesting pairing with banana and clove. Don't know if I enjoy it or not. Doesn't smell bad. Some Belgian yeast and maybe a touch of candi sugar.

T: Light caramel and toffee upfront. Chilies and cinnamon, mixed with Belgian yeast and cloves in the middle. Light bitterness. Finishes with cinnamon and a light chili sting. Taste doesn't work like the aroma did.

M: Medium full body. Medium high carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Huh? This beer is kind of all over the place. I'm not a fan of the flavor of the chilies and how they blend with the rest of it. Smell was sorta inviting. Interesting but nothing special.

04-07-2012 08:27:05 | More by doughanson78
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-01-2011 15:53:21 | More by bluntedboywonder
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2012 06:36:59 | More by InfernoBoss
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2012 00:25:53 | More by oso
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-15-2012 22:54:23 | More by antoines15
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-31-2012 15:24:25 | More by TXhomebrewer
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-30-2011 14:41:50 | More by PaBeerLover
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

waited until 11/11/11 to open this one that I've had in my fridge for 3 days. I waited until the clock turned from 11:59pm on the 10th to 12:00am on the 11th.

pretty clear mahogany amber color with a nicely sized light tan head that billows to the top of my duvel tulip and laces well as it slowly recedes.

belgian amber aromas with fruity esters, toasted malts, a bit of the clove and banana scents typical to a belgian yeast. behind that, my nose hairs tickle from the chiles, but they do not overpower.

starts yeasty, gets sweetened up by the malt, some cinnamon creeps in and some fruits. after the swallow the chiles linger without burning.

pleasant soft carbonation that lets the flavors pop without being too harsh.

skeptical at first, but this actually works. not sure how it will age. It will be interesting to see. drinks pretty damn well now.

11-11-2011 05:12:09 | More by silentjay
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magictacosinus

California

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%

Had this on tap for the VE tasting (beers 07.07.07-12.12.12) at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. during SF Beer Week. All reviews are from my notes.

Pours a reddish-brown melded color, complete with a little ring at the top of the glass. Not dark enough to appear opaque, although it doesn't look to cloudy overall, nor does it have too many bubbles. I definitely can tell the alcohol is present on this one, with the the legs dangling all around and a strong thick consistency as I swirled the glass. Murky, sort of messy, but definitely different.

At the nose, rather than get pelted with chili peppers, there are tons of surprising medicinal notes going on, including a caramelized brown sugar backdrop. There are some peppery notes that linger about, but there's a zest/spice combo going on here that I can't put my finger on. The Flanders yeast definitely trimmed the spices to a sourish edge, but it's not as strong as you may think. Getting herbs such as basil, rosemary, dill, and a hint of clove, all topped with black pepper and slight zest/muted tart. Very strange, kind of intimidating, but interesting.

The best way to describe a beer this crazy is that the first taste immediately reminded me of spiced paprika jalapeño rye bread soaked in huge sugared notes. Now, I actually love that as much as any fan of peppers, but don't think the flavor stops there. The finish immediately melds into a light bouquet of chili peppers, combined with cinnamon burnt notes, and lots of rosemary and clove. The astringency produced by the peppers and cinnamon is not very welcoming, and the other spices do try to balance it out. It doesn't seem to improve as it warms up either, as it gets even more ridiculously astringent and acidic, malty as hell, and then resembling herbal medication such as echinacea.

Surprisingly, to this palate at least, this isn't a complete trainwreck despite all of its counter-productive spices. The more I see it as an herbal beer in the same way that Benedictine is a herbal liqueur, the more I appreciate what it's trying to do. Kind of reminds me of a long dose of propolis with peppers, for better or for worst. Too bad the Belgian yeast or alcohol didn't do too much to balance this out, but for fans of strange herbal beers, this may be up your alley.

02-27-2013 08:09:03 | More by magictacosinus
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-21-2012 23:46:24 | More by Massbmx
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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