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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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very good

1,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 41
Gots: 441 | 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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Ratings: 1,493 | Reviews: 477
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle picked up from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass that can be described as stemless martini-like.

Pours a dark golden-copper color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of chilis plus a moderate amount of cinnamon and light malt. Taste is a bit odd at first, getting worse as it warms. As expected, the flavors don't come together at all. Terrible idea; bad execution. Not really looking forward to this again in 2012, but I suppose I must. Finish was grossly dry. Bad.

Photo of dougrb75
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of unclejazz
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a quart growler of this and shared it over a dinner of bbq chicken salad w/ cauliflower. I thought the bbq would go well with the chiles and cinnamon.

A-a nice dark amber color with a thick 2 finger head.

S-heavy odor or roasted malt, I cane barely make out the chilis. There are some undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg

T-so the chili finally decides to show up and along with clear malty notes and spices with some honey too. Pretty tasty stuff.

M-right on here, rich to a point, crisp when it needs to be and a clean finish that was not to hoppy. Solid carbonation after sitting in the growler for 3 days.

O-another good beer from Stone. These guy care about the beer they make and it comes through in the flavors they whip up.

Photo of peter53
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, rocky white head. Semi-hazy, mahogony colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma is very unique. Very sweet up front that turns to a spicey chile aroma. Some earthiness with notes of raisin.

Taste was extremely unique as well. Some caramely notes up front that quickly turn to a anaheim chile flavor. No real signs of heat. Mild bitter finish that seems a bit citrusy. Mellow sweetness. Some subtle cinnamon flavor with an estery, clove background. No signs of ABV.

For nearly 9.5%, the mouthfeel is a nice medium/light body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall its a very different beer. Tasty in its own way. Peppers add a new dimension to the beer. Will be really interesting to see how this tastes after some age.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty basic coppery color. Nice foamy white head. Moderately spiced aroma-chile peppers and cinnamon dominate. Malty flavor with an even handed dose of chiles going on. The cinnamon is more in the backround flavor wise. Pleasant overall spice flavors. Has a nice malty backbone that really keeps it from being overspiced like many other beers. Good mouthfeel, nice creaminess. Really enjoyable and quite drinkable. I only bought 2 bottles of this but see getting more.

Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cinnamon brown with a muted glow capped smallishly to about a finger height with a bone white firm foam that slips off slowly leaving large trace amounts of patchy thin sheeting lace across the goblet.

Soft aroma of malty sweetness thats a bit of bright raisin and date, but dullly set, mixing with some duller bread notes. Lots of bell pepper spice shines through as it warms and brings in a bit of layering to its otherwise plainish malty fruity nose.

Taste brings in much more complexity then what the aroma tends to lead on with, as a much more, well defined peppery chili pepper and bell pepper sweet spicyness percolates the front end and slips off into a tender Belgain fruity breadyness of malty soothingness. Cookie spices of vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger all brim about the edge of some eager fruit bread laced with raisin, starfruit, apricot, and date. What I like most is how it all fits amoungst a firm yet dulled yeastyness that's both earthy dry yet sweetish. Quite a nice taster.

Bold medium body with a wholesome malt backbone promised by earthy dry yeastyness and lots of fun spices mixing about in its malty sweetness.

A wonderful treat of an Ale! Lots of potential for aging with its beefy 9+%. Will be interesting to see what developes as it sits even longer.

Photo of thomasjnyc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of harperman69
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a fairly clear orange/amber. Some light mocha coverage takes a while to fall back, leaving some nice lacy waves behind.

Aroma - not much going on at first. Slowly, some doughy, Belgian/Flanders yeast elements appear along with a note of anise and/or cola. Levels remain delicate and understated.

Taste - lightly sweet grain to start. Modest input of clove and just a hint of the Anaheim chili at mid-palate. The Flanders yeast chimes in and takes this beer into Funksville. The chilis mnake another appearance on the swallow, imparting a slow burn on the back of the throat, but the yeast dominates from here on out. Really nice level on those chilies though. Notes of licorice and cola-like flavor. Little if any hint of the 9.4%. Reasonably well done for a style I tend to avoid (Flanders), but tonight will be more about exposing the palate than just enjoying a beer. So be it.

Mouthfeel - some decent weight to the body, masks the carbonation a bit until a few good belches rip. I like the smoothness, a proper fit for a beer this size.

Drinkability - probably a cool twist on the style for lovers of the Flanders style. I may let my other bottle rest until 2013 or 2014 before I get the pluck to open it.

Photo of Gehrig
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Seven Saints in downtown Champaign.

One thin finger of tan froth tops a mostly clear mahogany body with clear ruby trim. Nice lacing and duration for an overall fine-looking beer. The aromas are hard to detect, but I primarily detect dried fruit such as raisin and fig, and caramel malt.

The taste reveals an active yeast that provides considerable heat, combined with a flavor of ample spices such as cinnamon and anise, caramel malt, apple, plum, and raisin. The heat is rather noticeable in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, but the texture is a bit thin, lacking a heartier malt backbone.

Stone has made a nice but not very complex or compelling BSPA. It could use a larger dose of spice and malt, for both the smell and especially the flavor. Nice offering, if rather understated, from Stone.

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exquisite and limited ale poured a deep amber, with a nice head of tan bubbles. Couldn't detect lace as I had to drink this out of a shady plastic cup.

Anyway, I got some spice on the nose, but more of the chilies rather than the cinnamon. Nice.

Flavor is strong and heavy, with hints of the chilies (but not spicy as in heat) swirled up with some bittersweet cocoa vibes. What an interesting collision of flavors here. Quite unusual and very impressive. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of litheum94
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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