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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

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 431 | 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 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.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into Stone snifter

A- pours a deep ruby brown color with some sediment floating around, small foamy off-white head that reduces to a small ring around the edges

S- lots of similarities to a Flanders Red, tart apple & cherries, a hint of cinnamon with banana sweetness, a little bit of singing heat from the pepper

T- the Anaheim pepper flavor is pronounced up front, no heat but very peppery flavor. Slightly tart yeasty flavor gives notes of red apple and cherry, faint cinnamon and banana on the finish with a sweet finish

M-medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a syrupy & foamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish

O- the flavor of this reminded me of sweet pepper jelly, but was very good surprisingly.

Treyliff, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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.

Scotchboy, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Seven Saints in downtown Champaign.

One thin finger of tan froth tops a mostly clear mahogany body with clear ruby trim. Nice lacing and duration for an overall fine-looking beer. The aromas are hard to detect, but I primarily detect dried fruit such as raisin and fig, and caramel malt.

The taste reveals an active yeast that provides considerable heat, combined with a flavor of ample spices such as cinnamon and anise, caramel malt, apple, plum, and raisin. The heat is rather noticeable in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, but the texture is a bit thin, lacking a heartier malt backbone.

Stone has made a nice but not very complex or compelling BSPA. It could use a larger dose of spice and malt, for both the smell and especially the flavor. Nice offering, if rather understated, from Stone.

Gehrig, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +13%

VonZipper, May 12, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -20.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

grahamboudreaux, Nov 14, 2012
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.

ocelot2500, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of pwoods
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bottle poured into a Stone Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a very pretty ruby copper color. 2+ fingers of light tan head forms and has pretty good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Firm chili and chili powder aroma. Subtle caramel malts and yeast but dominated by the chili. A bit veggy from the chili's as well.

T/M: Odd mix from the malts and chili. The cinnamon comes through but in an odd way... doesn't really scream cinnamon but it's definitely there. Nice yeasty character with plenty of fruity esters. Body is medium with nice carbonation and a semi dry finish.

D: I think this would be a really good beer without the chili's and cinnamon... just doesn't seem to mix real well here.

pwoods, Nov 29, 2011
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.

Duhast500, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -20.2%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BKotch, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +6.4%

InfernoBoss, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

freduardo, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of deadliest
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

deadliest, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

wtkphoto, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

kevgod, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ralerwen, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

lovindahops, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Massbmx, Jan 21, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.