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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

1,429 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 419 | FT: 14
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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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-04-2013 19:31:18 | More by Mattias
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:12:09 | More by silentjay
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antoines15

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-14-2013 22:54:42 | More by BlissJunkie
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright red rusty color with a strong head later powdery dusting on the top and a white ring around the edges.

S: Smell of smokey chili peppers, fresh ground cinnamon, sweet malt and banana and clove esters from belgian yeast.

T: Clearly a belgian beer but flavored with some unconventional flavors. Smokey pepers first and foremost followed closely behind by a strong ground cinnamon flavor. Clove and banana esters are evident but overshadowed by the strong spicing and peppers.

M: Medium mouthfeel for a belgian with a light carbonation.

O: I think this works and it is a nice change. I would not want to drink a 6 pack of it, but it is a nice little interesting beer and I enjoyed it a lot more than 10.10.10

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:19:14 | More by alpinebryant
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -46.8%

12-26-2011 07:37:43 | More by TheBishopco
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2012 04:43:18 | More by sgoro
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-21-2012 23:46:24 | More by Massbmx
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ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bizarre. I kinda wish I could leave the review at that but there's a character limit. There's something of a very tangy fruitcake going on here. The hop character is resinous. Piney cinnamon sticks comes to mind. Green chili flavor is easy to find in the chaos. Belgian yeast is another strong verse in this beer song. There's quite a bit of clanging and bashing going on in the tune but it's strangely compelling.
Not about to have a case of this while watching a football game but perhaps would suit to study an abstract painting.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 07:15:32 | More by ommegangpbr
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-03-2012 18:38:20 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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ortie

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-24-2011 23:26:09 | More by ortie
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magictacosinus

California

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-11-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Picked up a couple of these; one to share on 11-11-11 and one to taste and review in more detail.

Color is a dark, reddish-brown, clear in the glass. The tan head of 1 finger has a fair amount of retention. Lacing is good.

Very interesting nose, with lots of spices - cinnamon especially. There is a light chili pepper aroma, as well as a sweetness of light fruits. Did not really pick up any hop aroma.

Taste features chili heat and flavors, but is not overpowering. Malty and spicy, with red and black pepper and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, I wouldn't have guessed this has 65 IBUs. I didn't really pick up much in the way of Belgian yeast flavors. Beer tastes more flavorful as it approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium carbonation level. I get a good warming from the alcohol. The finish is dry with more of the chilies in the aftertaste.

A different and intriguing beer. I'd drink it again, but if I bought one I'd probably want to wait and try it after a year of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:54:18 | More by sommersb
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Draft serving into a chalice for $3 during happy hour. Sampled 12/1/11.

A: Slow rising 1 finger head, light brown in color, foamy, very loosely compacted and quick to disappear. The body has a very attractive garnetty plum color. Very still looking with 85% opacity. Despite the beautiful hue, the appearance isn't that great overall. No lacing.

S: Up front, the nose brings in some smokiness and perceived heat from charred peppers and alcohol. Light fragrance of cinnamon. The background aroma is classic BSDA, albeit very much underlying.

T: The flavor echoes the nose. Ancho chile or chipotle-like heat and flavor mixes with the savoriness of cinnamon. Sweetness from the typical dark fruits usually associated with BSDAs. Raisins, sweet plum, dates and perhaps even a little cherry and strawberry provide the backdrop. Perhaps a dusting of cocoa powder as well.

M: Tight, crispy carbonation with the bubbles carrying through until the finish, keeping it relatively clean. Medium-light on the tongue. Sweet, yet the dryness increases throughout each individual sip.

O: Worth trying even though I didn't particularly like it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 12:27:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2011 05:24:39 | More by Stigs
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-16-2012 04:15:53 | More by coz
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-25-2012 19:40:59 | More by standardcherry
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-25-2013 00:48:36 | More by jplopez21
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 Oz straight glass.

This Belgian strong ale pours dark amber/ brown, very clear and with a little quickly dissipating head. The smell and taste really compliment each other, A lot of Belgian yeast, Wheat, grain, a slight fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. This beer also has a spicy taste and feel, almost like a little cinnamon or another spice put into it, sort of christmassy. The alcohol is warming but there's very little of it in the taste, I found this be be a surprisingly easy to get down Belgian strong pale. This is another good offering from stone but I always expect great from them, granted, this is far from my favorite style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 06:22:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Whole Foods.

Copper body with some darker edges. A tan head sits on top and settles out to a thin cover. Leaves some nice lacing.

Strong, pepperchini aromas, slightly briny. Some cinnamon spice and a little chocolate. Earthy Belgian yeast.

Lots of sweet chili, with some lemon tones. More salty, briny flavors. Light spicing. Earthy and sweet with some Belgian candi.

Very interesting, and not as vile as it sounds. A unique beer, and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 20:10:49 | More by litheum94
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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