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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

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
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:
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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Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz into Deschutes pint glass.

A- Nice orangey amber on the pour, a sandy tan, almost eggnog head builds and leaves some rather nice lacing on the glass. Foam is dense.

S- The yeast in this one is crazy. Lots of bubblegum, bananas, and all around spicy yeast goodness. You get a nice whiff of the cinnamon and the faintest hint of the peppers.

T- Eh, Wow. I taste the banana-y yeast, it jumps out from the start. The cinnamon is muted, and the chiles provide a mild green note. Alcohol is very present... Spices intermingle, but not really to the benefit of anything. The spicy and the sweet flavors do not mesh, my tongue is confused.

M- What is that? I don't think it's the chile. Cinnamon? Something's leaving a weird feeling in my mouth. OK, the chile shows up in the end too, with a bit of heat. It's got to be the alcohol? I think this one's a bit too boozy for its own good.

O- Did not finish- not even my first glass. Really unappealing flavors. Sorry, Greg, I thought I was going to seriously groove on this one, but it's a head-scratcher.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown foamy head that reduced to a few puddles and a large collar with good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted caramel malts and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, chili's, dried fruit (raisons and figs) and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was malty sweet and a bit acidic with a note of caramel and a touch of cinnamon and chocolate early on, and then progressed with a seriously bold maltiness that had hints of toffee, dried fruit and a light spicy alcohol finish. The flavor lasted for a good long while with a slightly spicy sweet warming sensation, which hit you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall this was a very interesting brew, lots of complexity with the flavors in this one. That being said, they all seemed to work extremely well together, making this a very enjoyable drinking experience...

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Poured into a pint glass as When Pigs Fly. Pours a muddy brown color with roughly a finger of of beige head.

Hints of spiciness in the aroma with some fruit and a belgian yeast aroma. A little peppery on the aroma. The flavor is real nice. Good rich malts with a fruity raisin/plumb aroma with a little bit of an after burn to finish it off.

Nice medium body here with good carbonation. Nice lingering flavors.

Overall pretty tasty. Good amount of chili's to give it a good complimenting flavor.

Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love chilis. I love cinnamon. This beer is right up my alley. Nice thick dense head atop a dark for a BSPA fluid. Chestnut colored really. A bit of haze and bits if stuff in suspension. Smell has some lighter malt aromas mixed with some roastier notes and a hint of the chili pepper. A cinnamon undercurrent. Light yeast funk and and dark fruits along with mild toffee notes. Taste follows the nose with layers of sophisticated brewing flavors. Toffee malt front with light pearle malt and sweetness. Mild dark fruitiness. Cinnamon is well folded into the overall construct, acting like a flavor enhancer to both the malt and hops. Chilis also flow throughout and bring out lovely nuances. Finish is clean and dry with faint alcohol and a chili flourish in the back of the mouth. Chilis bring out an astringent hop bitterness that gives good pucker. Light bready malt lingering with dry hops and grainy notes. Feel is creamy and supple with a lovely medium weight that is so close to the next level up. This is just a great beer, super drinkable and delicious with a unique character that makes me want to stock up mass quantities. It has replaced the 090909 as my favorite VE. Great job Stone!

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of silentjay
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.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.