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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

1,493 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 41
Gots: 441 | 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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Ratings: 1,493 | Reviews: 477
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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome amber hue. Slight reddish tint. Almost brilliant clarity makes this a great looking beer. Light meringue head recedes to a ring but steadfastly remains down the glass.

The smell has a big Belgian toffee base coupled with banana and clove phenolics from the yeast. A slight grassy note from the pepper lingers in the background. I do detect a slight cocoa note as the beer warms in addition to some grape and fruit qualities.

The taste is very interesting and complex with a big clean toffee flavor up front which morphs into a grassy, pepper flavor, and finally receding to a pleasantly dry finish with a slightly spicy bitterness that masks the alcohol very well.

The mouthfeel works great for the beer with a medium-low carbonation. The body is full yet somewhat cloying for a second but the bitterness and spiciness of the peppers dries out and cleans up the palette nicely.

Overall this is a very interesting beer with a great balance of adjuncts. All of them shine through nicely without one being overbearing.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

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

Nice offering in the epic series with a nicely spiced Belgian ale shining with chilies, more aromatic and flavorful than hot.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Vertical label design and narrative highlighting the year batch of the brew 2011 and as in these series reminds that each bottle is released one year, one moth, and one day from the preceding edition so officially 11.11.11. Narrative on the side, noting intent, main ingredients, and style. Shows 9.4 %Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/crimson pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention and surface memory, alongside good touches of lacing.

S - Spicy nose, chilies, dash of cinnamon…

T - Yeasty touches with a sweetness coated in the chilies… very prominent but as promised more flavor than heat, nice sense of it… cinnamon flows more so in the finish with the spicy yeast and its estery and spicy fruitiness.

M - Medium body, with medium/low carbonation and a smooth sense with a nice lingering finish.

O - Nice flow, distinct chilie emerges over the spiced Belgian sense but adding range and not hotness per se.

Notes: Reminds me quite a bit of…. Mad Elf with chilies? A not too dissimilar range with the extra edge of the hot peppers… I wonder if this touches will fade over time or if actually this really has potential for aging. Worth the try right now in any case.

Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

I know you're supposed to drink this one after 12/20012, but I have a second bottle I'm aging until then and wanted to try it fresh.

A: Dard amber in color, light brow head with excellent retention.

S: Very complex, certainly lots of chiles--and not just cholos but like chili oil. Some lemony zest. Pretty earthy and sweet and the end of the smell.

T: Definite peppers. I don't get the cinnamon very much but maybe it's represented in the sweet hard candy-like taste at the end. Finishes with minimal bitterness, mostly a sweet-spicy aftertaste.

M: Modium bodied, not boozy at all. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer. I don't think I could drink a lot of it but I'm certainly glad I have it. Should be a pleasure in a year or two. Definitely recommend. Thank you Stone.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor come through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didn't do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didn't really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IHyphySF
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet

A: Dark amber/light brown also light nice light foam that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong smell of the chiles but also has the smell of olive juice ready for a martini with a small hint of smoke.

T: You really can taste the peppers mixed with smoke while the aftertaste leaves a nice fruity but smoky/hoppy taste in the back of my mouth. The cinnamon really comes out towards the end and is quite pleasant.

M: Lightly carbonated makes it very creamy in the mouth and it goes down smooth.

O: Their seems to be just an imbalance because there are some things i like about this on how smooth it is for being 9.4% the taste is great when i taste the fruitful parts and the cinnamon afterwards. But the lasting smoke flavor is quite off putting while i am drinking it.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow...i do believe i like this beer!

the appearance is dark....more of a dark brown color

smell is dominated of cinnamon and cloves...very similar to egg-nog...lol

the taste is stunning! the spiciness hits first....maybe from the chiles or the yeast maybe the cinnamon....there isn't much of a back to the taste....very good

kind of a medium feel in the mouth not as creamy as i'd like to see

overall this beer is above average for a strong ale....i think the chiles and cinnamon did wonders for this ale!

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Appearance: Dark copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly to a thin cap with little lacing.

Aroma: Well, you can definitely smell the chili's, but also a lot of toasted malt, candy sugar and cooked veggies. It reminds me somewhat of a winter seasonal.

Taste: Sweet, toasted malt with a creamy body, then right behind a distinct chili pepper taste with strong cinnamon notes and some distinct dry, Belgian yeast. The chili's stay prominent right through the finish, where they battle for taste superiority with some nutty maltyness.

The Rest: Very interesting. This would have been a very good Belgian ale on its own, but the chili's definitely take it in a whole new direction. We'll see how it tastes after hanging out in my basement for a year.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, dark brown color with an off white head that dissipates very quickly. Lacing is left on the glass.

I get banana and cinnamon up front. There is also a strong malt backbone and a bit of other dark fruit. I don't smell chilis.

This is a little bit of everything all rolled into one. Banana, dark fruit esters, and cinnamon come through first. This is much more balanced by hops than the smell indicated. Chilis do show up towards the end, but are never overpowering.

Carbonation is nice and creamy with a medium body.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I am not reviewing it as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This was really well crafted, and I'm excited to see what a year or so of aging does to the flavor. The chilis were a nice touch.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a large wine glass, the beer is a vibrant, ruby-hued amber coloring with a steady dose of carbonation bubbling and a thin film of beige head. Very clean looking brew. Light clinging to the glass, but nothing that holds for a great length of time. Aromas of slightly sour and bready yeast characteristics, light candied and toffee malt profile, and sweet greens. The beer's flavors are dark roasted initially, with a baked caramel sweetness and some earthy tones to balance. There is a slight spicing throughout, with some pepper and clove presence. Medium bodied, there are only the slightest hints of the chiles throughout, but they help to keep the beer clean. The aftertaste is more of the tangy malt and slightly sour yeast, with a cinnamon spicing at the very end. The finish is clean, and slinks away without much distraction from the beer itself. Very tasty brew!

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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