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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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1,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 42
Gots: 437 | 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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Photo of beersis81
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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


On tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. Served in a unibroue hurricane glass

A - poured with a nice light tan head, about 2 fingers. Crazy good lacing. Beer is a pleasant dark red amber with some haze. Nice looking. Head retention is ok.

S - some dark malt, hint of chiles, not much cinnamon.

T - taste is like a nice dubbel up front, with chiles lingering in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though... And the cinnamon is even further behind. I could imagine a better flavor profile but it's definitely not bad.

M - smooth and creamy. Nice.

O - definitely not a pale... But I get the "Belgian strong" part... I'm happy that this isn't overpowering. Worth trying. Not a must have, but not bad at all.

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of LyeBerryAnne
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by the taste in comparison to the description. "Spicy beer?" was my initial thought, but it's more mellow than that. The chili taste is more of an aftertaste or aftersip. Banana and clove are more present than the cinnamon. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this in the store and it was just way too interesting-looking to pass up, anaheim chiles and cinnamon in a Belgian-style ale?

A: Rich, deep reddish brown. Not a whole lot of head, just a thin layer that leaves some light swirls on the surface.

S: Alcoholic and fruity esters, almost reminiscent of concord grapes. A cinnamony earthy smell is there too, giving the sweeter smells a nice balance. A complex smelling beer, and I'm certainly not doing it justice.

T: Every time I sip something new seems to come out. There is a lot of malt at the base, with the typical Belgian style flavors of banana and clove over that. The alcohol is pleasant, and accompanied by the taste of chili and spiciness. Finishes with bitter hops. Almost as interesting tasting as it is smelling, but not as pleasant, it's just too much and it leaves the mouth feeling rather ravished.

M: Medium mouthfeel, and leaves the mouth feeling tingly and slick. Almost seems like the body SHOULD be heavier, just to keep up with the onslaught of flavors.

O: Another show-off beer offering by Stone. It's definitely interesting and gets marks for the way it manages to pack so many flavors in a relatively small feeling beer. I don't know that I would ever seek it out again, and would not drink it regularly, but it's good and a little mind-bending.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass

A: Burgundy with amber edges, some light carb, and a fluffy two-finger head with good retention. Some light sticky lacing.

S: A nice Belgian nose--some candied sugar, dark fruits, and spices (coriander, clove, and a little o' that cinnamon). I also get a nearly indiscernible veggie/hot sauce hint, which must be the chiles--I really like this twist on the typical Belgian nose.

T: The expected, but pleasant, fruity, banana undertones mingled with clove and some alcohol heat. There is really no heat from the chiles, which are much more front and center than I expected, but they are a welcomed twist on this traditional staple. There is a faint cinnamon hint on the backend as well. Well balanced overall and interesting.

M: On the lighter side. Could use a little more ummph, but not bad. Not much carb, and the alcohol hides.

An adventurous and palate-bending offering.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruby almost brown color with a tan head, good retention and lacing down the glass.

Smells of candi sugar, cinnamon and booze.

Taste is all over the place. Sweet candi sugar and spicy Belgian yeast are present then the chili and cinnamon kick in along with some spicy hops. It's like flavors are just being randomly thrown at my tongue.

Medium mouthfeel with a slick oily finish. Medium-low carbonation. A bit of a burn from both chiles and alcohol makes this one difficult to drink and I split the bottle. A whole one would be too much.

Maybe I only like the even years of this series. This beer was a huge mess for me. Lots of flavors, but they seemed to clash and be out of whack. This beer seems to have an identity crisis. Maybe the flavors will mellow out in a year and there will be a wonderful cohesion, but right now it's bad.

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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First vertical epic and first beer brewed with chili.

Pours a nice amber redish color with a 3/4 finger head. The smell, to me at least, was a hoppy almost spicy smell with a touch of cinnamon at the end. The taste I think is the highlight of this beer. I think a hoppy, spicy version of big red bubble gum when drinking it. The heat left on the palate was also a highlight. Being a fan of spicy food this was a pleasant way to finish a sip of this beer. Overall a very nice beer. If it's at your local store grab one.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Casey10
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow interesting is all I can say. The bear pours a dark hazy color with a wispy head som lacing on the side.

Definately taste the Belgian influences here (candy sugar) but then this hits you with the heat cinamon and chile definately strong and you taste them (well at least now, not sure what again will do).

Overall not your typical brew, worth trying and hopefully wiil go well with the rest of the vertical epics next year.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kromes
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy light brown with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Belgian yeast,cinammon, and candi sugar, alcohol.

T: Sweet roasted malts are mixed with a cinammon and alcohol flavor. There is a Belgian funk and a grassy hop in the background. The finish is warm with a little spice from the pepper and alcohol.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Spice in the finish.

O: Flavors are a little strong right now. I would like to try this again when it mellows out a bit.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Notes from the Stone event at The Attic last night...

This one's coming off the tap. The color is an amber-red with a tannish-red head that displays good retention trailing some nice lacing well down the glass.
This aroma offfers a bit of heat, some from aldohol and some from something else, with a bit of a (not oddly) vegetal element. There's a sweetness to it with some Belgian character, though it's not terribly obvious or outright. I shared this with someone who doesn't like Belgians and they didn't mind this. The candied sugars and light bubble gum are vaguely present but, again, not obvious. I had the smoked chipotle porter after I had this, but I swear there was a little bit of wood/smoke to it. Also, I know they're different styles, but my wife and I were sharing this one and a Double Bastard together and this beer, with a few distinctions, is almost DB Jr. They share characteristics (and, as I said, a few distinctions), but it's almost like Double Bastard is a more aromatic and flavorful version of this beer (which itself is very good).
Very similar can be said of the flavor, with a malts backbone supporting a light Belgian character and sweetness along with a bit of heat, some wood/smoke, and, of course, a healthy dose of hops that offer a gentle bitterness that balances well.
The body is medium with a moderate carbonation offering both a light crispness and a creamy smooth feel.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rob for saving me two bottles.

Pours dark crimson with a finger of khaki foam that recedes slowly coating the sides of the glass with copious lace. Smell is cinnamon, cloves, candied pears, and faint chilies. Taste has cloves and bananas mated perfectly to cinnamon and a hint of chili spice that's melded with the mild bite of Stone's hops. Excellent. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full. Finish is delicious. Thankfully I have another bottle, the 11.11.11 disappeared off the shelves quickly here in Minneapolis.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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