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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

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 434 | 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:
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 JMS1512
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

JMS1512, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

tdmccarthy, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of doughanson78
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

doughanson78, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of oso
4/5  rDev +6.7%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BlissJunkie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

TXhomebrewer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

silentjay, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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

alpinebryant, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip glass
A: One of the reddest beers I have ever poured. Mostly bread, just a hint of brown when you hold it up to light. A one-finger head that lingers.
S: Cloves, banana, rye, and some other indistinct spices.
T: This overdoes it a bit with the spice. Nothing else comes through. Cloves, cinnamon, turning to a bit of chili towards the end. Bitter finish. In a way I like it, but would prefer it toned down a bit.
M: Medium-bodied. Spicy & pleasant.
O: Another intriguing Stone beer. I don't love this one, but am quite glad I tried it.

ONUMello, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

sommersb, Nov 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sgoro, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Stigs, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ommegangpbr, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

pjs234, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

Tons of caramel, cinnamon, toffee, a bit of chile. Really delicious.

Roguer, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

kingmaker, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

kodt, Mar 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

sansho, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

tedho21, Dec 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.