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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,399 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1399
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%


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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Smurf2055

Washington

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby with a finger of off-white head.

Smell is peppers cinnamon spice, good flavors. Bit boozy and some dark fruits.

Taste is a bit spicy and boozy. A lot like a winter ale. Smooth drinking. Peppers are the dominating flavor, but not overpowering.

Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:12:46 | More by Smurf2055
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops one year after its initial release, served in a tiny snifter. This is a Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chilies from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley.

Cloudy crimson. A thin, wispy head of light tan.

Surprisingly sweet nose. There's a big banana note that blends with heavy, sweet peaches. Green chiles meld in perfect proportion with the sugary fruit, making this almost seem like it was sour or spiked with some funkifying yeast strain.

Earthy peppers are more apparent in the flavor, though without heat. Kind of like voting into a green pepper, the same bite. Nice blend of pear and banana in the back, though banana is bigger here. Black pepper, red apples, a touch of honey. Complex and pretty damn tasty.

Medium light body, moderate massaging carbonation break the beer into a ton of fizz.

Much improved from its original form. I like this way more than I did when I had it last year. Nice use of peppers, good Belgian sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 21:58:31 | More by Phelps
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Well the latest reviews are a big let down that this beer hasn't aged well for the past two years. Still I managed to obtain a bottle for 7 bucks at the Beermuda in Lower Burrell.

A - Rocking 1/2 inch of opaque colored head means carbonation held up well. Beer is a dark murky amber brown.
S - Smell is very mild with pepper spice, cinnamon, fruity esters, and a touch of sweet malts.
T - Starts off innocently enough. Fruity flavors and mild cinnamon but then the peppers kick in. It's really not spicy but it doesn't clash with the dry Belgium yeast making it bitter and dry. The finish also hounds the hops which I assume have an impact of the bitter. The flavors do meld away so its not terrible just less than interesting.
M - Well the body is great very medium with just a touch of carbonation. Easily drinkable like other stone beers.

Overall sucks that the flavors in this really have gone down hill. Looking at the review it was never really great but now it's even less than that. Don't pick up a bottle if you see it. It's beyond it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:05:44 | More by DrDemento456
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden brown color. Bubbly collar with a few wisps drifting in the middle of my glass. Smells like lemon Ricola. Caramel, citrus hard candy with an odd spice that seems familiar but can't place. Barleywine-esque but thinner.

This was one of my least favorites of the vertical. I didn't know it was a chili cinnamon beer - I guess that explains the odd spice character.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 14:33:18 | More by donkeyrunner
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper with fair amount of chill haze that fades as it warms and is totally expected with a older beer. The head is tan and made of fine bubbles with a decent retention span.

S: A medium aroma reminiscent of sun-dried chili peppers along with a low orange ester and a low malty complexity like that an Old Ale. There is a low alcohol aroma and a touch of spicy phenols. A bit of soy comes out as it warms up.

M: There is an initial orange-like fruitiness with some spice to start with the spice building a bit as you sip. The balance is somewhat sweet with a medium malt sweetness having a little caramel character against a low hops bitterness but the sweetness more countered by the spice and alcohol. The finish is medium-sweet and the aftertaste is spicy and a low fruitiness that reminds me of a Dubbel.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a linger light tingle from the spice but not detracting.

O: An unusual beer that I can appreciate for it's bold approach and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:10:44 | More by MadScientist
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DmouthCaliBrewz

New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 03:13:23 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy bronze with a tan head of foam. Body is not clean. There is much complexity in the color.

S: Fall spices -- cinnamon. Biscuit malts. Bready. Chiles (I guess so). Tabasco. Oxidation.

T: Cinnamon is strong. Chiles. Tart. Bit sour. Bready. Kinda boozy.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. Buttery.

O: Very unique beer. They get points for that. My best judgement is the way this beer taste is the way it was intended to taste after that one year. Not something I could drink every day, but for something as experimental as this it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:24:40 | More by C20Percent
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. This is my first beer in the series of Vertical Epic beers that Stone did, although I will review the Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale soon enough, to see how they compare.

Due to the lack of a snifter, I'm pouring this into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour manages to conjure a finger of tan off-white foamy head on top of a dark cherry / chestnut colored body. Some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Virtually no lacing on the glass. Second pour yields an entirely different, darker, hazier, dark orange / brown hybrid color, with massive amounts of dark and light sediment floating around.

S - At first, what is more apparent is the Belgian yeast and funk. As the head dissipates, herbal spice rack notes begin to emerge, not cinnamon, almost more like oregano or thyme. Very strange, it must be the chile smell. Also a sweetness buried in there, which could also be from the Anaheim chiles. Faint muted hops come through, as well. As the beer warms, dark fruit smells begin to emere; plum, fig, & raisin with some nutty wine-like characteristics.

T - Taste is very pleasing at first, thankfully not overly hot with chiles and spice. What little heat there is can be attributed to the alcohol. Taste is of caramelized malts and tea leaf like sweetness, with a fair amount of lively carbonation, and a warm finish, which I assume is from the chiles. Aftertaste is of brettanomyces. I am actually really enjoying this. Again, not really getting any distinct cinnamon out of this, though. As the beer warms, the bretty aftertaste fades, giving way to a sweet tea leaf finish & sticky hop presence, with a faint subtle warmth from the chiles.

M - Feel is sweet, lightly bitter, light hotness. Ends somewhat sticky & dry, beckoning the palate for another sip.

Overall, having no prior knowledge of any of the other beers in this series, I would say that this is a good worthy beer, considering this beer was aged for year and a half, and also considering I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian style ales. I would definitely be interested in seeing how others in this series have held up, and I will be getting myself a bottle of Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale soon, to see how that one fares as well. In the meantime, if you're holding down a bottle of this, I would recommend opening it now!

Stone 11.11.11. Vertical Epic Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 21:13:45 | More by mfnmbvp
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some garnet red + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of very thin film with a medium thick ring of larger bubbles around the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts with some notes of fruits (apple) and candi sugar. There are light to moderate notes of spices - cinnamon, spicy black pepper, chili peppers, and clove. Light hints of booze.

T: Similar to the smell, upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet pale malts with caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, and toffee notes. There are light to moderate flavors of spices - cinnamon, black pepper, chili pepper, and cloves. Also, a light amount of pine/resin hops are present in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer seems to have become a little more barleywine like than it was when it was fresh (gotten a little sweeter and a little more boozy) while retaining many of the interesting spice flavors. Enjoyable but not my favorite of the vertical epic series.

Note: Originally had this beer fresh on-tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY (Belgium 2 Brooklyn Festival).

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:53:54 | More by dbrauneis
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. I guess "pale ale" is a relative term in this case; but I'd be disappointed if beers in this series stayed within style lines. It's a dark cloudy orange with a lively white head that dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is quite perplexing; warm and spicy, presumably the intermingling of the chilies and the belgian yeast. Taste follows; no actual spice from the chilies, but a delicious warm flavor. The "belgian" character is very diminished in this beer (which is good for me, I don't like belgians). Alcohol isn't noticeable at all, surprising for 9andsomething%. Mouthfeel is rather full. Even though it's more of an experimental beer, it's the best belgian-style beer I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:27:24 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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oN3xM

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown color that matches the bottle it came out of. A light head that dissipates quickly.
S - A very sweet aroma. Lots of fruity banana characteristics with a blend of clove. The cinnamon and spices hit the nose at the back of sniff.
T - Take the first sip and a sweet banana and clove mixture slams the palate. Following that is a spicy, dry flavor that settles during the aftertaste. Great taste.
M - Average amounts of carbonation. It was thicker than expected and really coats the throat after drinking. A little bit of an alcohol burn.
O - This was my first of the Stone Vertical Epic series, and I'm really impressed. I've read plenty of reviews that this edition didn't stand up to the others, and if that's true, then I can't wait to find/trade others in the series. It's sweetness and slight spicy characteristics make for a great pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:15:16 | More by oN3xM
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AdamMY

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is nice, with a thick tan head that does not lace much, but what is really interesting is while the primary color of the beer is brown, its got a rather interesting red hue to it.

Aroma is subdued, I have tried to let it warm up slightly, but what is there is very interesting, an abudnance of cinnamon, and a touch of the chili peppers. It sort of reminds me of a fresh baked bread with peppers mixed in, and the aroma is quite sweet.

Taste is spectacular, the cinnamon is very present coming accross as almost chocolately, the peppers are there but not really spicy, but adding a nice flavor profile. Taste is incredibly well defined and robust but mostly consists of those notes.

Mouth feel is nice, coats nicely.

Overall an incredibly enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:13:27 | More by AdamMY
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mschind

California

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on clearance about a year ago and have been letting sit.

A- Not a particulary elegant looking beer. Murky reddish brown, not much head or retention.

S- Here's where it gets interesting. Big malt with dark candi sugar and caramel, brown sugar and just a hint of cinnamon.

T- Everything from the nose is here plus raisin falvors that are linked to the Anaheim chiles. Sweet, no hops flavor that I can pick up. Consistently sweet across the palate with a bit of heat at the finish. Probably the chiles but could be the alcohol too.

M- Surprisingly thin considering the big malt presence and not very well carbonated.

O- This is all over the place. An interesting experiment, worth a try but not something I would have again. I really enjoy the taste but age is not kind to it otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:35:40 | More by mschind
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blackie

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft at Rustico Ballston around the time of release...

a: a totally gorgeous beer served from draft to tulip, a cloudy ruby-amber in color, floating a thick, meringue-thick head, off-white in color, with superb retention and heavy lace

s: the nose starts things off in intriguing fashion - a sweet toasted malt underpinning holds big medicinal phenols - band-aid and clove, cinnamon spice, yeasty esters, and hatch chiles that provide both fruity and spicy notes, lots happening here - certainly challenging, but not offensive, the combination of chile and spice does totally dominate the nose

m: smooth, creamy, lively carbonation on the medium bodied beer

t: first sip was a classic "wtf" moment - never expected the mess of flavor found, even though the nose might have hinted at it - the phenols, spice, and pepper that intrigued on the nose combine here to create a shocking disaster of a palate - reminiscent of cheap perfume, incense, and sandalwood soap, an apparently generous hop addition brings a bitterness to the finish that just doesn't match up, no chile heat noted, sure - I'm not totally down on it - the base beer seems nice and the moments of isolated hatch chile are enjoyable - but there's just way too much clashing here, for the first 1/3 of the glass I wanted to dump it in a shrub, the second 1/3 was just a chore (soldiered on, can't say I didn't give it a fair shot), and the last 1/3 not so terrible - either deadened tastebuds or an alcoholic numbness to the rescue

o: a beer that's initially inventive and interesting on the nose turns scary on the tongue - some good and bad to this one, overshooting tasteful boundaries, gonna take more than a year to mellow this baby out

5/4/4/25/35

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 01:15:09 | More by blackie
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a color that I usually don't associate with a pale ale of any nationality: auburn and brown? A little cloudy looking for a pale ale too. Nice offwhite head on the top, about 3/4" deep. Aroma had me going into the belgian wit place. We're already two qualities in, and neither one makes me think belgian pale ale. Coriander and cardamom have no place in any pale ale.

Taste has some spice flavors, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and a little booze with a hint of citrus throughout. I wasn't the biggest fan of it, but it was seemingly a tad complex. And I've had worse vertical epics to be sure. Couldn't really pick up any chile pepper addition.
Clove keeps coming out more and more as it warmed. Complex stuff, but not really up my alley.

Thanks to Sebastian for bringing this one to the March Madness bottle share. Unfortunately David Hurley, beverage peon at the El Dorado Casino decided to renege on the word of the El Dorado and shut down our bottle share a day early, because it offended his BMC reps that we were having a good time not drinking the $40 to drink all day Bud Light deal. Screw that guy and establishment that supposedly supports craft beer. But thanks to Sebastian for bringing this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 20:43:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - A darker shade of auburn, with notable carbonation. The initial fluff of head from the pour quickly is reduced to just a thin sliver barely covering the beer below. Lots of carbonation though.

Smell - The aromas springing forth from this are amazing. What comes to mind immediately is fresh pear, apple cinnamon, buttery rolls, maple syrup, and a hint of fresh chili pepper spice. My expectations for the flavor have just been kicked up a notch. As the beer warms up, I'm picking up much more of the chili peppers, as if there literally is hot sauce contained within.

Taste - Before I go any further I have to state that this is actually my first chili beer, and it's proving to be a very interesting and fun experience. I'm glad this one has rested for a year or so. That Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavor comes and goes in a flash, and then one might as well think that the drink is a Bloody Mary. The pear and cinnamon flavor lingers as the icing on the cake.

Mouthfeel - This is a relatively medium bodied beer despite the ABV. It's not very apparent how strong the alcohol content really is. The finish is kind of faint, and eventually I realize its rather dry as well.

Overall - Again, this is one of the most interesting beers I have had... as for a recommendation, I would say if you're not a fan of Bloody Marys, do not buy. Somehow Stone pulls off this Belgian Bloody Mary hybrid though... I like it, and I'm glad I still have another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 18:36:21 | More by Neorebel
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CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s a very cloudy pinkish amber colored (cinnamon red???) when held up to light, with a nice 2 finger creamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the slow side, leaving minimum spotty lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, spices, biscuit, light caramel, chili pepper, yeast, malt, herbs, syrup, lemon zest, pepper and wheat bread or grains; the cinnamon and spices dominate the nose, with some sweetness and a mix that makes that spices hard to distinguish. Almost seems like mint and cayenne pepper linger mixed with fruit after things star to fade. This is definitely a very interesting and unique nose.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more noticeable flavors like cinnamon, spices, chili pepper, biscuit, caramel, funky yeast, malt, herbs like tea leaf, syrup, coriander, lemon, pepper, wheat bread, red grapes, tart apple, pear, chalk and an odd combo of celery and Dr. Pepper soda; like the aroma, the cinnamon and spices dominate the flavor, with spicy sweetness mix with minor heat and alcohol that poke through with little jabs that add nice kicks of flavor. The ABV is pretty well hidden since the cinnamon masks it well and almost makes the liquid feel dry and powdery. This well aged version is much easier to take down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry like Pepto-Bismol, with very mild and almost watery carbonation, a medium body, and a bready cardboard finish that is full of spices, cinnamon seems to coat your tongue with chalk. It’s strange and yet kind of cool to feel this liquid and how it fades.

Overall it was very good, complex and dynamic, and a definite “experience’ beer that was one of a kind. I really appreciate the design of this beer and how it was meant to mellow and age as it approached the 12.12.12 date. This beer was not made for conservative beer drinkers, and lacked any real hop presence, which is normally the hallmark of a Stone beer; way to deviate from the norm Stone. This is the fourth time I tried this beer and it has gotten better with age. The first time I had it in December of 2011 it was just all heat and cinnamon and my brothers and I had to struggle to get through the bomber; it was a hot mess, literally. Had it a few months later and it was tolerable. Shared another bottle mid-summer of 2012 and it impressed the hell out of me; each sip was complex, different and full of flavor, with just enough spice and heat to make it really enjoyable on a clear summer night. The cinnamon faded and worked more as an accent with the chilies. There was some heat, but it was a good heat and really blended well with the malt and yeast. Tonight’s farewell bottle was quite enjoyable and I’m glad I was able to indulge in this brew on more than one occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:28:25 | More by CHickman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed this previously. In any event, I had it on tap at Pacific Coast Brewing during their Vertical Epic event in 2/13.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat unusual, as I pick up honey, cinnamon, sandlewood and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, with the cinnamon and vanilla seeming to dominate. There's a hint of bitterness and heat from the alcohol in the finish, which helps to counter the sweetness somewhat. The beer is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice, heat and bitter infused finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so.

Definitely an interesting beer at this stage of its life.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 19:21:45 | More by johnmichaelsen
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a snifter. Just had some spicy soup, hoping that will compliment the chilies

Pours a dark brownish red. Half a finger of khaki foam recedes rather quickly with moderate carbonation, moderate lacing. Pretty run of the mill

Smells of chillies, tart cherry and apple, cinnamon, grainy yeast, some clove, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Some real complexity, pretty solid

Taste follows the nose well, strong chili and a mildly tart cherry, some hops, cinnamon, sweet malt, and a tinge of alcohol. Mild clove and brown sugar have a solid after taste, everything comes together really well. The blend of mild spice and sour is interesting, and works pretty well

Feel is solid as well, medium body, mild spice and sour. Alcohol is well hidden for being so high, nice dry finish. Pretty drinkable

This stuff is really good, complimented dinner pretty well. I've got two more, it will be interesting to see where age takes them

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:06:00 | More by lordofstarside
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a taster. Thanks yet again Chris!

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany color. Some minimal white froth and lacing.

(S)- An up front blast of chili pepper. Subtle bits of biscuit and raisin.

(T)- A brighter amber malt profile with plenty of the chili pepper from the smell.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Some subtle caramel sweetness in the background, but it seems to me that the chili pepper has sort of become the dominate spice in this.

(O)- The chili pepper is prevalent, but is at least somewhat balanced out by the underlying sweetness this still has. Overall, though, I think this might be my least favorite of the whole vertical despite it being one of the freshest. As a whole, it just feels like a mish mash of randomness.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 16:18:58 | More by sweemzander
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Transparent amber body.

S - Extremely vegetal - you can smell the chiles alright. Hint of cinnamon, and some sweet caramel malt. Not much Belgian character - Stone's yeast strain seems pretty mild in the phenol department.

T - The taste has more brown sugar and caramel malt flavor, with less of the chile and cinnamon I noticed in the aroma. Some unexpected citrus notes, perhaps from the yeast? Odd bitterness in the finish, not sure if it's from the chiles or some residual hops.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, well-hidden alcohol. Lower carbonation, and some chile heat the grows over time.

D - I'm not convinced the Belgian yeast and the chiles work quite well together. Might have been more interested fresh, but I'd skip it at this point. A disappointment seeing how much I like chile beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:55:31 | More by MasterSki
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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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Mattys21

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this beer for what it was...haven't tried too many chili beers, but this was just enough that the chili didn't over power the beer.
There was a slight sweetness to the beer to that I thought complimented the spices nicely.
mouthfeel was a fairly nice coating of caramel notes and finish was sticky.

overall a solid beer and i'm glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 20:51:10 | More by Mattys21
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Treebs

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter..

A: Pours a solid amber color with a dirty, off-white head forming on the pour.

S: Sort of soapy with some chili and some sweet dark grapes. Mild cracker malts.

T: Chili pepper with some earthy dirt. Dried chili flake heat with some sweet bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level and some chili heat on the finish.

O: The chili had subsided. A fascinating beer for sure with sweet malts playing off the mild chili heat. I'm a fan of chili beers so I enjoyed this one more than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:10:48 | More by Treebs
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review was written about a bottle that was aged over a year. I aged it because the new bottles were somewhat overwhelming.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Super dark orange/ golden brown with little head and no retention or lacing.

The aged smell is more subdued than the new smell. Still bubblegum,cinnamon, and chile but not near as pronounced based on my recollection.

The taste is not the assault on the palate as I remember from a year ago. Chile beer to start with a somewhat hoppy malt middle and a fairly clean aftertaste. Very pleasant and very different. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. I guess you could call it a Belgian strong ale but its unlike any other beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation and as usual it smoothes out as it warms.

Overall a good beer and super different. I'm glad I aged it as it did mellow with time. The new version was pretty close to over the top.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:01:45 | More by dbell23
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.