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

1,480 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,480
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 437 | 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 jkball01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear reddish brown with a four finger head that leaves ring after ring of big clumpy lacing in it's wake. nose is made up of cinnamon, chilies, yeast, some banannas, bread and malts. taste is pretty much the same as the nose. this beer has a lot going on. mouthfeel is that of a full bodied beer with a creamy texture and great carbonation. overall this is very busy and i'm more a fan of the k.i.s.s. method. worth the try and will probably throw one in the cellar to try again down the road.

Photo of phishbone23
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/9/11
A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 1+ finger of tight tan head with great retention. Crystal clear crimson-brown liquid is pretty!
S: Strong banana and clove. Some citrus, cream, slight cinnamon. Quite malty.
T: Hot pepper up front and throughout, but not hot per se. Cinnamon is there too. Chocolate at the end. Sweetness is there up front too and lasts. Odd and jumbled in the first two sips. It comes together better after that, but the pepper (I think) stays kind of weird and vegetal in the aftertaste. A major detractor. Maybe less hops would be better? I had this one alone and when I poured m second glass, the flavor coherence increased. Seems similar to a dubbel more so than a pale. A chili-dubbel?
M: Slightly spicy. Thick, almost chewy. Sweet and unpleasantly tangy.
O: Decent, I wouldn't buy again though. Not coherent enough or adherent to a particular idea. Jumbled, but it finally settled on a chili-dubbel in my opinion.

Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a dark amber nearly crystal-clear body with a half inch of khaki-colored head. Smells spicy with banana, clove, nut, pepper. Banana, clove, nut, chili pepper, and spice dominate the flavor. Medium to full in body and carbonation. Not quite sure how I feel about this one. Unique would be an understatement. Wow. So worth the try.

Photo of chugalug06
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Big. Builds fast and BIG. Nice spotty lacing. Brew is weird purple cinnamon color.

S - Weird. There's lots of pepper and spice. Not much other then pepper and spice. No Belgian resonance.

T - Kinda of bland for the interesting flavors it's brewed with. No heat (spice). No heat (abv). Almost sour... blah. Where's the spice??? This brew is a terrible mess.

M - Over carbonation. Moderate heat. Light and thin.

O - Unique, but missing a lot. Totally missed the Belgian style. For such a big release this one disappoints. Don't get me wrong this brew is exciting, but it has no direction... it's a mess. Not nearly as good as the previous years... Stone, where have you gone? I'll come brew for you :)

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

it's been long vertical hiatus for me...i guess since 10/10/10

orangy copper/caramel color, with something of a froth

hefe yeast aromas hit the nose immediately (umm...isn't this supposed to be Belgianish?). i almost smell white wine? chilies mos def, and they're great

tons going on for the tongue to celebrate. delicious smokey chilies. sweetness is minor, though maybe with some Vienna malts. bittnerness is reasonable. i don't know that i would have identified cinnamon sticks but there's definitely something bark-ish going on

chilies claims plurality for the flavor profile

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of russwbeck
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Decently see-through red-brown pour with a finger of white head and spotty lacing. I wish the head was a bit more prominent, but the color is very nice.

S: The aroma is very focused on cinnamon, but the chiles are hidden underneath in the form of heat. Underneath I'm getting a lot of caramel malts.

T: The cinnamon is big again on the taste, but I do get more and more heat as the beer warms. Initially I think it's too spicy, but the balance does improve as the temperature increases. Malty underneath, I just wish this was a little better integrated. Perhaps they were going for it to be aged, you think?

MF: The drinkability is not helped by the spice. But the body is nicely medium and carbonated well. It's light and easy drinking, but the spices get to me.

O: Just not a great beer. It's not well put together and just feels disjointed. I'd say either skip it, or age it.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Fish Bar in a mason jar.

Appearance: The beer has a medium brown color with amber and ruby edges. Quite a large eggshell head sits on top when the beer comes out. I suspect this may have been an overly aggressive pour. The head retains fairly well and leaves a bit of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is kind of strange. I notice cinnamon first, with toasted bread, banana esters, and a fair amount of booze. From the aroma I don't even get a hint of chiles.

Taste: The flavor starts with slightly sweet toasted grains tinged with a bit of caramel. Then it starts to go a bit crazy. Cinnamon is really the dominating flavor here, but it somehow does not mix with the other spices. Cloves and banana notes clash with the malt and cinnamon flavors, and I only get a light sense of the chiles at the end, after the beer has turned into a medicinal ethyl alcohol bomb. I wonder if some time (like a year, a month, and a day?) would heal the distracted flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is the real victim of the brewing process. After seemingly half a sip, my tongue feels covered in some immutable oily coating that is fairly unpleasant. Like most other Stone beers, it is properly carbonated and has a heftiness to the body, which I appreciate. Just a very soft burn in the back of my throat from the chile.

Overall: This is the second beer from Stone I have had recently that has stunned me with how bad it is. I will continue to try everything they make, but I won't be coming back to this beer anytime soon. Overall this is just too much of a disjointed mess.

Photo of Duhast500
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what to think of this one...Vertical Epic 11.11.11, split into pint glasses.

A: Pours a crystal clear coppery color, much darker than I anticipated it would be, with a huge light tan head & good lacing.

S: Huge Belgian yeast characters, banana and fruity esters, clove and other peppery spices...light cinnamon notes and possibly spiciness from the peppers. There are some definitely sweet bready notes from the malts.

T: Spicy Belgian character here, with the fruity yeast notes mixing with cinnamon and pepper notes...the peppers coat your lips and stick there for awhile, but its not an overwhelming spiciness at all.

MF: Prickly mouthfeel but soft and fluffy in a way...moderate medium body.

O: Well crafted take on things, though not my favorite style and not 'helped' much by the addition of peppers/cinnamon. Still, alcohol was undetectable and everything blends really well.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.