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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
84
good

477 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 41
Gots: 449 | FT: 20
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:
Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011

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
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Reviews: 477 | Hads: 1,504
Photo of TrevorWGrover
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer a few times when it was very fresh. I rated it as one of my top beers on BA because it was absolutely delicious. I saved a couple bottles and opened them just recently (2014) and it was not good at all. This beer dropped off quite a bit, I would encourage BAs to steer away from this one if you see it again in the stores. Not a good one once it has some age on it. Too bad. (390 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle purchased when first released, in the cellar or 2+ years.
(I bought at least two of each Epic from 8/8 on, drank one and kept the other.)

Poured into a stem glass.

Very hazy amber, plenty of tan head.

Taste starts spicy, the chilies and cinnamon now in perfect balance. A small amount of acrid alcohol, not surprising in a beer of this style, not unpleasant. Nice Belgian funk in the aftertaste.

Very full in the mouth, plenty of carbonation.

Overall, worth the waiting. (496 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass on 1/7/13

First let me say i feel a bit slighted that there were aged versions of this beer. I bet those where tasty.

Appearance- It pours a ruddy reddish orange with a light orange head. It dissipates eventually. Hardly any lacing

Aroma- Yeast, Banana, butter, cinnamon some vanilla and carmel on the back end.

Taste- Buttery, chili. reminiscent of a holiday tamale. A little corny, husky at the front, a big roasted chili flavor in the middle, and light cinnamon and piney hops round out the end. I am reminded of the few times I had Nopales, the mexican side dish made from cactus pads. It also becomes somewhat vinous as it warms.

Mouthfeel- slick almost greasy, low alcohol warmth.

Overall- having just tasted Telegraph's holiday Ale and the big smack of cinnamon that had, i have to say i somewhat enjoyed the subdued efforts of Stones 11/11/11 epic. I think by this time in the series the brewers were becoming bored or brash or both and just started throwing stuff in the beer. The Cinnamon was well played and the chilies worked okay, the whole thing played out a bit like a questionable "hole in the wall" mexican food joint. It doesn't look like much but it has it where it counts. The slick mouthfeel was a little off putting I thought of a greasy Chile Relleno. To me, if it was meant to be aged it would have a cork too...As one of the later releases in the epic series i imagine it was designed to not be cellared as long so it lacked some of the qualities i was expecting (slight oxidation, mellowed boozy warmth, hints of molasses plum and maybe some slight esthers or sourness) but, that's hardly the fault of the brewer. I wouldn't order another but this makes me wish I would have got in on the ground floor in the vertical epic series. (1,797 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into an large Duvel Tulip glass]

I: I wasn't really ecstatic about the chilies and cinnamon combination put into this beer, but some have told me that it's worth a shot so I picked up a bottle. I know it's intended to be age, and will pick up another for that purpose if I like what I see. Anywhoo... Lets Get It ON!

B: [9.4% ABV, 1 Pt. 6 FL. OZ.] At first glance, one would think that this beer was a collaboration by the non existence of gargoyle art, but it's part of a series starting from 2002 and ending in 2012. Of course all the general information that should be on every beer bottle is here and more. Nice summary and ingredient information. I'm not too crazy about the front label, but it's fine(taking into account that it's a series).

A: Dark body(medium transparency) with a red tint, large fluffy head with spongy center, and moderate dissipation(good lacing).

S: Smells like a Belgian(especially on the yeast), cinnamon malt, and apparent, but not overbearing chilies. Hops are clouded.

T: Interesting... I would say that it follows the nose, but each ingredients degree is not what I was expecting. It's heavy on the sweet Belgian malt/yeast up front(with the cinnamon and chilies lasting throughout), hop bitterness comes more apparent after a few sips(nothing crazy), all seemingly regulated by the creeping/warming alcohol and citrus. Nothing is too overbearing(though it has a lingering booziness).

M: Syrupy/smooth finish, medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not overbearing, but boozy and creeps).

O: Interesting... It's defiantly complex, and you won't pick up everything on your first sip. It's defiantly good, and reminiscent of a Belgian, but also maybe unbalanced(that's what it feels like). god.... this beer makes me feel conflicted. Scoring this will defiantly take some time. Despite that, it's defiantly worth picking up and trying. Worth the money, just on it's complexity. Cheers!!! (1,964 characters)

Photo of gregb13
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looked great in the glass; awesome color and head with moderate lacing. Smelled of Benadryl and bananas, with some metals. Taste: The chiles came in with a vengeance. The chile taste wasn't bad, except when it collided with the bananas, cinnamon, and metal it was not pleasant. I finished the bomber but it was a chore. Slightly better as it warmed, which is odd given the phenolic quality but whatever. Not a fan. (414 characters)

Photo of wrycon
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks mahogany, with some redder tints. Smells pretty good. You can smell the cinnamon and a spicier undercurrent. There's a lighter yeast scent, as well. Full sharpness to start. The cinnamon and what tastes like nutmeg present themselves shortly after. The endgame is held by the hops, which throw bitterness in all directions, and the Anaheim pepper element, which twists the bitterness in an interesting direction. The final lingering element is spicy cinnamon, so the ale succeeds in that. Wouldn't want to drink this regularly, but it is a good limited release.

Like It? Yeah (582 characters)

Photo of dahlen22
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 ounce bomber.

Appearance: Amber with a decent head.

Aroma: Cinnamon, hops, and a bit of grassiness.

Taste: The Cinnamon starts this one off and then comes the chili but fades quick, then a grassiness with a bit more cinnamon, and then more chilis and a clean hoppiness in the finish.

Overall: A lot going on with this brew and this is not for rookies. It is big, warm, spicy, hoppy, ala complex and is a sipper for sure. An excellent choice but I think one is my max per sitting. Cheers!! (509 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I can't wait to try it in a year. (495 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Deep brown ruby color with slight head.

S: Apple cider / pie smell. A bit of heat from the chile in the nose, but really faint.

T: Apple, cinnamon taste with hints of clove spice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Not much chile heat.

O: Good, but not great. Was left wanting more from the taste and smell, especially with the chiles. Aging might bring out more complexity. (429 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at a stone beer tasting event. Claim to fame: cinnamon + chile (heat).

I'm not a big fan of spiced beers, and probably would've avoided if at a bar. However, I really liked this beer ... quite interesting ... bought the 2 remaining bottles at the liquor store.

a: malty brown, nice head

s: malty chile notes. reminded me of the smell of a spicy potato chip.

t and mf:
I could definitely picture myself drinking this beer watching a football game, while eating some spicy appetizer. There was a nice heat to the beer (chile) which was unlike any taste I've had before. Perhaps I could barely detect the cinnamon, but it was very subtle. And the flavor had a nice balance between the malts ... not very hoppy at all.

overall: very interesting and different beer. The 1st spiced beer that I actually liked. Strongly recommend trying. (844 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. In small amounts it may be interesting, but 22 ounces is a bit brutal.

A - Reddish/Carmel color with an off-white small head.

S - Molasses, malt, vanilla, bananas, a touch of cinnamon and lots of green chillies.

T - I got a strong dose of green chili, some cinnamon, malt and alcohol. The chili is up front and a cinnamon and sweet malt finish

M - A balanced dryness/sweetness/carbonation mouth

O - Overall...this is a well made ale, but its flavor were a little off-putting to me. The chili was a little aggressive, but not in a good way. It seems oddly paired with the other flavors. Maybe an interesting brew to try once, but I'm not thinking of trying it again. (718 characters)

Photo of specksnreds
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone, you're a badass. I've had a few of these now, but my first impression after a sniff was a doubtful, "Dude, what temp did you ferment?" In other words - ester bomb. But as the beer warmed up, things started to come together (like a plan on the A-Team). When I say things, I mean the cinnamon. Very nice with the fruitiness of the yeast. Not too over the top, and it felt warm and festive as the beer came to room temp. It's brown and carbonated and bubbly and dark-fruity and pretty and boozy and a little thin and that's all made better...because it has cinnamon. (570 characters)

Photo of BenHesk12
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Jupiter restaurant in Berkeley CA.

Appearance - Stone VEA 11 appears a very deep enticing hue of reddish amber, almost like a red ale.

smell- it's a whirlwind of fruit, belgian yeastiness, and of course the cinnamon and chile that make this beer special.

taste - Pretty much a thoughtful interpretation of a strong belgian ale. High alcohol and belgian yeasts blend nicely with the chile, cinnamon, and sour notes.

mouthfeel - to me this beer had the sharp feel of a red ale, but without the sourness. Its delicately carbonated, and has the expected texture of a fine belgian ale.

overall - an interesting take on a classic style, high quality, and as others have said, a palate overload. I wouldnt expect much less from Stone, and this beer only being brewed one time, if you ever see it, TRY IT! (824 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

This beer pours a deep red with the slightest amount of haze. There was a khaki head that was around 2 fingers, and it stuck around for a little while. There was a decent amount of lacing. Not much visible carbonation. Overall, it's a decent looking beer.

SMELL

The first few sniffs reminded me of a bigger Belgian ale - perhaps a Tripel or Quad. There's a nice sweetness to the nose. There is some big dark fruit notes and earthiness as well. The Flanders yeast gives it a Belgian spice character that has nice clove notes and some banana. Surprisingly, I get very little (if any) of the Cinnamon and Anaheim chilli.

TASTE

The taste matches the nose fairly closely. There is a definite Belgian yeast ester flavor, giving it notes of clove, banana, and black pepper. Big dark fruit flavors come out as it warms. After awhile, the chillies make their first appearance. It's very subtle, just giving it the tiniest bit of warmth. Alcohol is present, but not in a huge way. There is a fruity sweetness that only intensifies as it warms. Like the nose, I don't find any cinnamon at all.

MOUTHFEEL

The beer starts off with a decent body, then has a dry finish. The chilli makes the dryness a bit more pronounced. The carbonation is minimal. There is a good amount of warmth from this beer, which comes from both the alcohol and the chilli.

OVERALL

This is an interesting beer. It's sort of like a wacky Belgian-style beer... Well, that's exactly what it is, actually. It doesn't really taste like any other beer I've had, but it's also not that unfamiar. I have no idea how it will age, but I can't wait to find out!

Cheers. (1,665 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cory for recommending this distinct beer.

A - Mahogany beer with an off-white 1/4" head that leaves without a lace : D. Very dark for a pale ale, but I guess that's why it's also a strong ale...it looks like an American strong ale.

S - This variety seems to be the Belgian equivalent of the American strong ale because many of the aromatic notes are the same. Dark fruits (mainly raisin), cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup. The bottle says that Anaheim Chilies have been added to this beer, but I can't sense anything chili-like here.

T - I have no idea how the chilies evaded my nose, but they are at the forefront of the taste. The peppers do a great job in balancing this beer...in an unexpected way. Based on the aroma, it was expected that this beer would be on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but the chilies provide a spiciness that almost completely balances the beer. The chilies also block out any hop presence, so it's impossible to tell if the hops are playing any part in the balancing act.

M - The peppery spiciness really plays a part here as well. Most of the time the hop bitterness would linger, but it's almost as if nothing lingers here (maybe some peppery heat). The initial spicy flavor was there to keep the sweet character in check, but it's as if it died out after accomplishing it's sole mission.

O - This is a very different beer. Nothing was to be expected and I was led astray at every point possible. Each facet of this beer is decent (nothing fantastic), but I enjoyed how this beer seemed to be a puzzle that provided some new trick at each turn. (1,600 characters)

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a FFF teku a hazy copper with a minimal few millimeters of foam that quickly recedes leaving a minimal amount of lacing - most likely from the wet glass

S: Spices - cinnamon and clove, some chile, tart red wine, and a bit of funk.

T: Tart fruits and red wine at first, immediately giving way to a subtle yet noticeable hint of chile spice and detectable funkiness. After a few moments, the Cinnamon starts to reveal itself, along with a definite peppery zing from the Belgian yeast, and more herbal notes. I also am detecting a buttery sweetness, which is an interesting companion to the tannicity from the red wine barrels. Finishes with a pleasant and crisp hop bitterness that emerges from the peppery and herbal spice, which nicely balances the buttery sweetness present in the middle. After exhaling I get more pepper, cinnamon, spice, andsome medicinal phenol.

M: Oddly buttery and sweet, considering the tart and tannic aspects from the yeast and red wine barrels.

O: A very unique and interesting beer that really pushes the limits of what yeast can do, without overdoing what many brewers chose to push too hard. Perfect level of funk, and I really was intrigued at how it could be so buttery, and yet also have a somewhat tannic as well as tart finish. Truly an interesting blend. Thats why time after time, Stone fails to disappoint…..but maybe thats just homerism (1,398 characters)

Photo of Kranders
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has to be one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Fantastically ruby and perfectly clear. Subtle hints of spice and cinnamon in the aroma that finds its way into the beer itself. Pretty subtle though with the cinnamon and chile, but there's still a bit of heat. Overall great beer. (292 characters)

Photo of yesferro
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap on 11.12.11 at Flying Saucer in Cordova TN

Poured with barely any head, might have been the way the taps were set up, other then the nitro brews I didn't see any beers with a head on them leaving the bar. Dark red/brown in color.
Smells spicy sweet, not overwhelming but very good.
First sip was awesome, banana and peppers, with a nice burn at the end. I really didn't get any hints of cinnamon at all but the pepper came through nicely. Sadly, I took my time with this brew and about halfway through the glass it became a drag, as it warms up, it loses the heat and becomes too yeasty sweet for me.

We hope to find a bottle of this to age, the store we stopped at was already sold out, I think this beer will age nicely, it's already nicely balanced but I'd love to see what happens when the peppers mellow out. (823 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - A big, bold pour. Dark bronzed amber fills the glass with clouds of carbonation, storming up to a full three finger head that recedes to two fingers, then one, becoming more solid. Very little lingering body carbonation, but the head is solid and sticky.

S - It comes off like the usual big malt beer. Slight hints of caramel over heavy bread notes. The smell is full and round. As the scent deepens, it throws off the clove hints of a tripel as well as the yeasty touches of a sour brown.

T - First, I'll say that the aroma is not at all representative of the taste. It hits like a big, bready malt beer, yes, but the flavor is entirely different. The key players, as Stone admits, are anaheim chiles and cinnamon. The two are concurrently opposed and married. Chili notes are certainly more savory than they are heat, a noted difference from many chili beers. It plays off as a sweet yet dark bite. The cinnamon rides in with the malt to enhance the dark bread characteristics. The two combine into a sweet rye dynamic. It's a peppery, earthy character that may not be entirely balanced, but I like that you can pay attention to and evaluate either side. It's definitely the rare strong ale that could compliment a meal. I could see this going with a lot of red meat dishes, roasts, or even standing its own against comparable mole or other bitter spiced dishes.

M - For what it is, it's both too thick and too thin. The body carbonation doesn't balance out the fullness, but the flavor doesn't merit such thickness.

Overall - I think this one's worth a try, and I'd be interested in buying another 22oz to store until next year. The combination of notes from a chili beer, an amber, and a brown/warmer into a single brew is a unique idea that's not altogether a bad one. It's just a tough one to pull off. It's a complex flavor that may just have too many players competing at once. (1,944 characters)

Photo of madeofsteel
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a few weeks ago, and it didn't seem right cracking it for no good reason, so why not Turkey Day?

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip, the bottling date is readily apparent. Pours a deep, deep red, easily mistaken for some brown, but it's definitely dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan head dissipate quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and cinnamon are up front, with just slight hoppiness in the back.

T - The hops are a lot more noticeable in the initial taste, more than the smell, but the malts are not to be ignored, with a definite caramel taste. Chilies are present, but not in the way you might think. More in the flavor than heat, and the cinnamon is just there enough to bring it all into focus. Pretty sweet for a chile style.

M - Sweet, dry finish with some noticeable alcohol burn. None of the stuff you'd expect from the chilies.

O - I expected a lot more heat from this beer, but it makes up for it with character and flavor. Certainly worth a turn of the head while it's still around. (1,037 characters)

Photo of jkanavel
4.84/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slight haze, orange with a touch of a brown. Soft pillowy head reminiscent of Duvel's.

S: Hops and more hops, spicy, citrusy, grassy, barnyardy, all kinds of hoppy aromas here. A good dose of fruity yeast as well.

T: GRAPEFRUIT BOMB! Amazing delicacy. Soft and sweet, hops on hops, but not bitter. I guess they really dry hopped this one, because the hops are almost all aroma hops.
There is a good back note of candy sugar sweetness and smooth malt.

M: Smooth, full bodied, effervescent, crisp.

O: This is just about perfect to me. That is all. (557 characters)

Photo of zep9865
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter with 1/8 inch of white/tan foam head that leaves patchy lacing

Love that i can detect the chile on the nose of this beer. Smells like a fresh cut jalapeno along with brown sugar and cinnamon. Slightly figgish as well.

Beer is surprisingly sweet from the get-go with more carmelized sugar than i wanted. I was hoping for a sharp cinnamon sting to complement the chile. The pepper is presented, fortunetly. Tastes like the smell. Love the jalapeno feel.

The beer is so sweet up front that it doesn't allow you to enjoy the transition into the chile.

This beer had some good flavor, but the malt took over more than it should have. It would be better off having a lighter body and letting the chile take over (741 characters)

Photo of suncrust
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to a tulip glass, sipped on 11.11.11.

A- Ruby strawberry and dark brown in color. Very light, toasted marshmallow head with medium carbonation.

S- Dominant belgian yeast with cinnamon buried beneath the bread-like belgian tones. Dried banana, and a slight sourness at first, some raisin and darker fruits.

T- Tasty dark belgian notes, with hints of dark fruits and dark breads. Rye and a slight spice on the tongue, maybe a little clove. Cinnamon is there just enough to balance the sweetness of the dark fruit characteristics. Almost has a light cinnamon toast sort of taste and texture as it gets warmer. Chilies are modestly blended back, but can be felt in the throat on the aftertaste, adding flavor and interesting drinkability. Very minimal heat, but a really nice balance to the other flavors overall.

MF- I get a spicy (cinnamon) bubblegum sort of mouthfeel and sweetness. Coats the mouth nicely with some activity on the tongue. At times, reminds me of a really sour piece of sourdough toast….

O- Enjoyable, with engaging complexities and an interesting flavor profile. Really just more of an intriguing beer that offers a lot to the palate with each sip and as the temperature changes. Stone did a nice job of balancing the ingredients to make this compelling. (1,298 characters)

Photo of loving44
2.31/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured milk chocolate brown with a tan head.

S: The aroma is a strange combination of fruity Belgian yeast, banana, toast, and a light, earthy pepper aroma. Mixed together it's kind of weird.

T: unbalanced, chili pepper up front, with a syrupy cinnamon aftertaste. Didn't like it at all. I would assume that with some age the flavors would meld a little better, but who knows.

M: decent mouth feel, medium-heavy body.

Overall: didn't like it, and I don't want to go though the effort to age this. (501 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: Got this from the Stone Beer Garden in downtown San Diego. I couldn't believe that they still had a couple of bottle of this so I picked up a couple. Poured it into my New Belgium tulip glass to enjoy tonight!

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby color with an off white head. The head disappears pretty quickly and doesn't have much lacing.

Aroma: There is an aroma of the red wine bottle that this was aged in, pretty nice. There is a touch of something spiced too. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I would expect but still very nice. Carbonation is pretty mild

Taste: This is really strange. I'm not too sure about this flavor. There is a hint of the cinnamon and chills but the biggest flavor is the red wine barrel aging.

Overall: It's good, I enjoy it but it's not something that I will want all that often. It's unfortunate that this is retired because it's kind of weird and quirky and it would be fun every once in a while. (956 characters)

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.