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
84
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477 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 449 | 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 russwbeck
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Decently see-through red-brown pour with a finger of white head and spotty lacing. I wish the head was a bit more prominent, but the color is very nice.

S: The aroma is very focused on cinnamon, but the chiles are hidden underneath in the form of heat. Underneath I'm getting a lot of caramel malts.

T: The cinnamon is big again on the taste, but I do get more and more heat as the beer warms. Initially I think it's too spicy, but the balance does improve as the temperature increases. Malty underneath, I just wish this was a little better integrated. Perhaps they were going for it to be aged, you think?

MF: The drinkability is not helped by the spice. But the body is nicely medium and carbonated well. It's light and easy drinking, but the spices get to me.

O: Just not a great beer. It's not well put together and just feels disjointed. I'd say either skip it, or age it. (885 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I can't wait to try it in a year. (495 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. In small amounts it may be interesting, but 22 ounces is a bit brutal.

A - Reddish/Carmel color with an off-white small head.

S - Molasses, malt, vanilla, bananas, a touch of cinnamon and lots of green chillies.

T - I got a strong dose of green chili, some cinnamon, malt and alcohol. The chili is up front and a cinnamon and sweet malt finish

M - A balanced dryness/sweetness/carbonation mouth

O - Overall...this is a well made ale, but its flavor were a little off-putting to me. The chili was a little aggressive, but not in a good way. It seems oddly paired with the other flavors. Maybe an interesting brew to try once, but I'm not thinking of trying it again. (718 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Been sitting in my fridge since I bought it back in November.

A- Pours a cloudy amber with a small amount of head that fades to some bubbles along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells light and fruity. Lots of banana is present in the smell. I really don't get any characters from the cinnamon or chiles.

T- Starts off rather smooth before giving way to a sharp aftertaste. The end of each sip is rather hot, with a combination of chile and cinnamon.

M- Dry and spicey.

This is an interesting one. Not my type of beer but a good one to give a try. I'm interested to see how it holds up as well. (632 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

the pour is transparent burgundy red with little tan colored head. Nose is medicinal, cherry, light mint and overly sweet. Flavor is too sweet and medicinal with notes of cherry and mint with a bandaid finish. Body is syrupy and heavy with a low carb. ouch! (257 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
*From notes

A: Clean ruby in hue. A good, firm pour yields a one finger head. Decent lacing and collar follow.

S: Medicinal and off-putting. There's some ground clove and certainly a bit of cinnamon here, but it's just not really coming together to form a cohesive bouquet.

T: The heat's there, alright. It's not overdone, but there's a definite tingle in the back of my throat. Herbal - like I'm drinking a bottle of Thai food. And then the cinnamon comes on and it gets me thinking...what the hell? What's the point of all this? Just an odd beer.

M: Pretty thick and dense. Well done - easily the highlight of the beer.

O: An off-the-wall entry into the VE series. I get the feeling that Greg and Co. just decided to dump some random shit into the boil, and look!! - We got our next VE!

Not a terrible beer, just not something I'd want more then 4oz of at a time. (921 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Khaki, tan, creamy thick head. Light mahogany brown with a bright amber hue. Incredible sticky legs.

S: Gummy, soft bubblegum nose. Banana, spicy Belgian yeast with undertones of peppers. Slight alcohol aroma as warms up.

T/M: Fluffy as could be with a mellow body that flows smoothly until a slight carbonation at the end turns to faint burn from peppers. Hint of chocolate mixed with banana esters lingers.

O: One of the smoothest Belgian beers while having a dynamic profile. Complex flavors come across as simple and straight forward. Not sure about a Belgian Pale Ale but for a Belgian chili beer this hits the spot. (627 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking beer-
with a long lived fluffy head-
A ruby ampber body

a curious almost chemical nose.

Flavor- I'm torn between declaring a wonderful lip smacking tongue rolling exceptional flavor and a rather cheek pursing, revolting chemical brew. What a wild dichotomy!

On one hand, the chillies and the cinammon work together, augmenting the hops and ale character.. on the other hand the chillie and cinammon and whatever brewing technique Stone used make for an odd ball "grow on you" flavor- maybe some sort of cleaning fluid.

Mouthfeel is well, great- the long lasting finish had me mulling over my opionon about the flavor for a half hour.

Overall-- this beer is something other than the main-streem even for its brew genre. I've downgraded it because the part of me that dislikes "adjuncts" in the brew-- but on the otherhand.. maybe I'm too hard on what is likely an exceptional beer. You decide! (921 characters)

Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Cinnamon hue with tall 2-3 fingers of uniformly bubbled, oatmeal colored head with good retention and spots of lacing.

S: Heavily spiced with cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, and then more cloves. The chiles are not perceptible. The maltiness is burnt toffee and candi sugar.

T: The spices are over the top and too forceful -- they dominate instead of accentuate. The brown sugar and rye toast maltiness and candi sugar is lost with all of the clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors that add up to phenol overload. I never picked up a chile or banana flavors which I am glad about. The hops are very background with earthy, herbal tones.

M: The body is medium-full with active carbonation and but a slightly lacquered feel due to all the spices.

O: Tried it, didn't like it, glad I only bought one. I was hoping some time would mellow the spices more. It is a very intense, overdone phenolic beer. If you like cloves, you will really like this beer. If you don't, avoid. (1,087 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep mahogany red with a big, fluffy, two finger off-white head. The head offered moderate retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S- Complex as all hell. Some real belgian yeast characteristics; predominantly banana with some good clove notes as well. Behind that is some dark fruit, some brown sugar, and sweet malty notes.

T- Just as complex, if not more-so than the smell. Sweet caramel malt and dark fruit are predominate features up front. Brown sugar and cinnamon then show up with some flavors reminiscent of a cinnamon roll. Flavors are clean and light up front, and dark and heavy at the back. This is a really amazing transition from one part of the palate to the next. Truly awesome complexity.

M- Pretty good, but just a touch thin for the flavors, in my opinion.

O- Awesome. The vertical epic lives up to it's reputation. Masterfully crafted brew. (873 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium mahogany amber in a Vertical Epic glass. Little head retention. A ring of light tan bubbles around sides of glass.

Smell is very inviting. Lots of cinnamon. A bit of ripe fruit. Belgian yeast is present.

Taste follows the smell well for me. Lots of sweet malt, cinnamon and fruit. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Medium bodied. Not too much carbonation.

Overall this is one of my favorites from Stone. Will definitely try to get more of this. (476 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks epic. Pours a mahogany brown. Very rich looking, an almost thick pour. The head is the opposite, a bright white. Little retention, but leaves a nice ring of white around the glass.

It smells amazing. Just the right amount of cinnamon...just the right amount of Belgian yeast...just the right amount of malt to tie everything together. Oh yeah, and just a hint of chili.

The cinnamon spice and candied sugar work well together. There's the slightest bit of yeast that shines. However, I could do without the chilis. They don't provide much to the beer, other than a small distraction in the finish.

There's some complexity to keep your taste buds hopping. Malt and yeast give some sweetness, cinnamon and chili give some spiciness. The yeast also provides some tart. But the hops and chili give a strange bitterness that doesn't work for me. Almost creamy.

Despite the chili, this is an amazing, dare I say epic, beer. My first vertical I'm sad to say, but won't be my last. Looking forward to another bottle that I hope I can save til 12.12.12. (1,054 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours vibrant amber to copper with chestnut hues beneath the generous tan head that slowly breaks down to leave a speckled, yet sticky lacing behind.

The chillie and cinnamon aromas greet you immediately as the spicy aromas float from the glass with a strong sugar sweetness to back it up.

The flavor is fantastic, initially sweet, and then spicy with a kick from the chillies, which is then smoothed out from the warming cinnamon and a touch of clove. The sweetness is like brown sugar, perhaps a product of the generous yeasts used in this brew.

While the body is medium the beer sits on the heavier side given the generous carbonation and dense flavors that coat the palate leaving a lingering, but pleasant after taste of spice and sugar-like sweetness.

Not sure this is Belgian Pale Ale, but whatever you want to call it, it is delicious. This beer is just as advertised on the label and it seems Stone got just what they were looking for out of the recipe. (968 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours pretty smooth and gives off a light and foamy tan head. the color is a deep brown ambery hue that is absolutely transparent. Leaves very little trace of lacing.

sweet and spicy best describes this beer. Lots of cinnamon and clove with a hint of wood, lots of sugar. a light touch of citrussy hops graces the finish. lots of bready yeast aroma as well.

all that in the taste as well.

mouthfeel is super prickly and medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

super drinkable despite it being such a bruiser of both flavor and alcohol content.

This beer really hits it out of the park, I was a big fan of stone 090909 but this is really excellent as well. Brilliant. (679 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16 oz. Pensacola Bay Brewery branded Tumbler pint glass (unfortunately, the only piece of glassware currently available to me.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with a medium, quickly dissipating orangish head that yields thick lace and lots of floating foam.

Smell: Lots of fruitiness- peach, plum, and clove. Also has more citric notes backed up by cinnamon and a sweetish pepper aroma.

Taste: begins with sweet chile that gradually gains more of a chipotle flavor toward the finish. Notes of clove and banana with some medium bitterness and citrus toward the end. The cinnamon in this beer is surprisingly subdued, but adds a good character.

Mouthfeel: medium, almost chewy body with mild carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A good beer and quite drinkable for its ABV. Not necessarily great, but this is a truly unique drinking experience that's well worth it. (912 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the Vertical Epic realm. Pours a dark brown color, very little head or carbonation to it. Aroma is of sweet chili peppers, quite pleasant actually. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, a ton of flavors hit the palette. Definite peppers come through, a tad bit of cinnamon, and a whole lotta hops. Stays well balanced and has a great mouthfeel with a clean finish. Surprisingly drinkable for the high ABV and the odd ingredients used. I'm a big fan of this beer and love the uniqueness of it.. highly recommended. (528 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber that has an intense red hue. There is a half finger of creamy off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt smacks you in the face. There are some fruity grape and cherry notes along with mild Belgian spice. I think I'm also getting some caramel.

Taste: Initially this tastes like it is going to be a total malt bomb, full of cherry, grape, and Belgian spice. There is a bitterness that shows up and cuts the sweetness a bit. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian yeast spice and then the chili peppers show up.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with lots of foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer just didn't come together for me. Many of the flavors seem to distract from each other. I'm not sure that I would want another, but we'll see what age does when I open up all the VE's I have at the end of the year. (976 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Slightly hazy brownish/red pour with a three plus finger off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Right off the bat you get the peppers; not spicy but a real solid oomph of that pepper goodness. Definite cinnamon afterwords that really compliments the peppers. Candied sugar and a nice yeast spiciness.

T- The peppers add an vegetable earthiness while the cinnamon and candied sugar subdue them. There is the slightest hint of heat from the peppers and not the alcohol. There is a floral finish that coats your tongue momentarily.

M- Medium bodied, nice chew with a quick finish.

O- I honestly think this is probably my favorite of the VE series I've had (07,08,09,10,11) It's the most inventive one as well and it just seems to work well. Going to grab another one of these to enjoy with the 12.12.12 (827 characters)

Photo of slowhand429
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All around interesting beer. Pours hazy with a dark amber color. Smells strongly of peppers and the heat of alcohol, slight cinnamon smell as well. Taste is of a peppery and cinnamon laced imperial amber ale, with less emphasis on peppers in taste than in the smell. A bit of heat on back end due to peppers and 9.4 abv. Carbonation was on point with a good mouthfeel. Would not buy again but definitely worth the one bottle. Hell, I feel obligated to try every Stone Vertical Epics. (483 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 8 fl oz from Frugal's.

A - Pours a dark red with some brown highlights. One and a half finger head moves to thin lace.

S - Grassy citrus, banana bread

T - Malts, some sweet sugar/dark fruit, banana in the finish. Hints of cinnamon and alcohol. Was worried the cinnamon would be overpowering. From reading label, it has come to my attention that I was not supposed to be drink this until 12/12/12. I guess I am going to buy another and follow directions. Not picking up much of the peppers,it may be behind the slight zang in the finish, which I was attributing to the alcohol. Hops presence is minimal in the taste (in contrast to the nose).

M - Low on the carbonation side (maybe due to lack of aging?), and slightly sticky.

O - This is good. I imagine it only gets better if aged. As is, it is good play on the style, with just enough spice to keep it interesting. (877 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Square Burger in McKinney.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a large white head. The aroma has quite a bit of caramel and toffee, as well as a lot of green peppers and some assorted spices such as nutmeg.

The flavor is has a lot of cinnamon, peppers, toffee and Belgian yeast. All of the spices and peppers surprisingly work well together and make the beer enjoyable. There is also a touch of alcohol, but not as much as I expected.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (495 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draught @ Mikro: This one poured a hazy, dark amber color. There was a small tan head on it. I’m not to sure about the aroma. Peppers are predominate. They tend to mask much of anything else. There is a blended aroma besides the peppers, but it isn’t really compelling nor offensive. The taste is different. I get a Belgian yeasty, bready beer with some hops, but then the light peppery taste manages to overwhelm it, and not in a good way. Maybe the peppers will mellow over time, but right now this beer isn’t that good. (528 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2011 edition (duh). Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep clear caramel with almost two fingers of beige foam. Settles at a medium pace to a thin covering and thick ring. Mix of big and delicate lacing left in glass.

Aroma of chili peppers right off the bat. Cinnamon-tinged sweet malt right behind that. Seems like some candi sugar is present along with fruity Belgian esters. A garden of aromas.

Flavor is a blend of these elements, hard to pick out what comes first and what leaves last. More of a vegetal quality in the flavor than the aroma. An ever-so-slight tartness. Some noticeable chili oil heat after a few sips. Finish dries up and leaves a long lingering blend of preceding flavors along with some alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with nice supportive natural carbonation. I'm loving the feel of this beer.

With the Vertical Epic zero hour almost upon us, I'm not sure how much this will change in 9 months, but I like it. One of those rare beers that makes you think you've been eating pizza after a couple of glasses. (1,041 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with an inch-plus head of beige. Tattered ropes of lacing with a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with caramel, raisins, chocolate, bananas, and paprika. Bubblegum and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a bit lush.

Sweet malt, smokey chili peppers, bananas, and raisins start the palate. A spicy warmth builds on the throat with hints of Anise, licorice, and dark rum following through.

Finishes with spicy peppers, banana, and a hint of Kahlua.

Tasty and unusual beer. The chilis are nicely done and theres enough heft to the malt to balance well. (637 characters)

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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