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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

1,435 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 421 | FT: 16
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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Dizbro21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-26-2011 19:09:29 | More by Dizbro21
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-26-2011 16:01:18 | More by mellowmark
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a fairly clear amber color with some reddish hues. Thinner beige head fades out leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Some spicy notes in the nose with a light caramel sweetness. The chilies and cinnamon pretty much dominate here.

Somewhat sweet and spicy up front with a kick from the cinnamon. Light caramel and bready notes towards the middle with some yeasty funk. Finishes with some residual heat from the chilies.

Medium body, decent carbonation, warm on the tongue and throat from the chilies. This felt pretty one note to me. Yeah, I got the cinnamon and chilies, which was kind of cool, but not a whole lot else.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 15:55:23 | More by xnicknj
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-26-2011 08:04:10 | More by Kopfschuss
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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-26-2011 06:41:45 | More by mcorwin
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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

Always stoked for a new Vertical Epic...like many others, I was skeptical but intrigued about this one.

Pours into my Portsmouth tulip a very dark amber, beige head starts at about a finger eventually turning to a ring and slight cap. A bit of lace left.

Nose is interesting, certainly big Belgian yeast, clove and banana, but peppers and some smoke are there and well-blended. Reminds me a bit of chili powder.

Taste is similar, delivers what the nose promises and more. Big Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana and clove with a nice earthy pepper feel. Maybe a tiny bit spicy but it showcases the actual flavor of the peppers much more than the heat. Some dark fruit and caramel. Slightly medicinal. Cinnamon, maybe?, it doesn't stick out like the peppers.

Usual spot-on Stone mouthfeel, carbonation is medium-low, drinks smooth, booze is pretty well hidden. Like noted before it is a bit medicinal but it's not really a bother for me here.

Better than I expected, I can see why others may hate but I thought this was quite good, the peppers are integrated nicely without being over the top. A bomber solo is a bit of a haul, but it's quite drinkable considering.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:29:34 | More by Chico1985
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M27

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-26-2011 02:21:58 | More by M27
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a dark amber color; pour forms a tan colored head, about one finger in size; reddish hue rings around the edge of the beer; good lacing formed

S - Brown sugar; chili peppers; faint smell of cinnamon; biscuit and bread malt scents

T - Slightly sour; malt biscuit taste followed up with a semi-sweet taste of cinnamon with a twist of chili; chili flavors are great and linger for quite a bit; chili residue sticks to the lining, gums and lips and gets "re-activated" every time you lick'em

M - Chili covered aftertaste; smooth medium body; slightly spicy

D - Acquired taste; might be a bit weird if you haven't tried this before; I expected more spice with the chili in there, but I will give the brewer props for making the cinnamon flavor just right; good taste and unique

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:11:12 | More by ferrari29
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip.

A: a deep/bright red body. relatively clear. reddish/white head has O.K. retention and lacing. not exactly a 'pale' body but i dont think this brew would have an exact category on any website.

S: right off the bat, you can definitely smell the cinnamon. not overbearing, but certainly there. maybe a little spicy-ness from the chilies but it also could just be from the cinnamon.

T: more of the belgian components come across on the palate. a floral yeast flavor brings out a banana and pear-like fruitiness. citrus too. not sure if it is from an american hopping or the yeast. you can taste the cinnamon as well. sort of a strong, subdued christmas ale. sweetness mixed with a little bit of heat lingers on the finish.

M: a relatively mild carbonation on a very full body.

D: the anaheim chilies are the largest stretch as far as nose and flavor are concerned. a little hard for me to smell and taste. otherwise a solid brew. excited to see how my cellared bottle develops over time. not sure if it will bring out any more chili flavor, but potentially.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:56:24 | More by Jimmys
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pleasewearpants

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber color with slight beige head. Aroma is interesting - light chile kinda darts around a more present alcohol/caramel smell. Taste is really fun. Chile hits first but not at all in a spicy way. Vegetal and fresh. Backed by a nice caramel malt body yet never overpoweringly sweet. Transitions then to a bitter/cinnamon finish. Alcohol is concealed very well - really easy to drink. Prickly mouthfeel from bright carbonation. Really looking forward to 12-12-12 and the impending message board war about the guy selling his vertical collection for $10000. It's just beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 01:35:13 | More by pleasewearpants
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scottfrie

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a large thick light tan head that slowly faded into a thick quarter inch layer leaving streaks of patchy lacing down the glass.
S: Light nose on this one. I get notes of golden fruits, Belgian yeast, pears and a bit lemon, earthy hops and raisins. The cinnamon comes through nicely and the chili is roasted smelling, tingly to my nose, and thankfully just barely detectable.
T: Sweeter than I expected. The Belgian yeast comes through prominently followed by fruity flavors of raisins and pears. The finish has flavorful cinnamon and hops, and the aftertaste is sugary and has a light ‘chili’ flavor. There isn’t really any spicy heat to this beer, but I do get a little bit of lingering tingling on my lips after each swallow.
M: Soft but ample carbonation, full mouthfeel from all the bubbly carb, and a thick and airy body.
O: I could see how this is a love it or hate it beer but I actually thought it was pretty good. Very creamy with good clean flavors. Say what you will but I thought this was well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:21:57 | More by scottfrie
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-25-2011 20:59:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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samie85

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a garnet color with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S-A bit of bubblegum and clove esters with some cinnamon and smoky peppers on the finish.

T-Dry, clove-y notes with some caramel, cinnamon, and very light spicy pepper notes.

M-A little cloying at first but it dries out quite a bit at the finish from the cinnamon and yeast esters; full side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I don't think I'd try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:38:01 | More by samie85
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-25-2011 04:30:44 | More by patm1986
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pour clear brown with a light brown or dark tan head that laces a small amount.
S: first is a very obvious pepper flesh aroma, along with cinnamon, clove.
T: overall pepper flesh with malt sweetness and very little if any pepper heat. Cinnamon is an odd but nice touch, along with a yeasty clove.
M: not thick, but does linger around for awhile.
O: really good simple yet complex, wonder what a year of age will do.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:17:32 | More by rootbeerman
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Stone's World Bistro on the release date, the review is from my notes.

Poured a hazy, murky amber brown with a one finger light beige head that faded quickly with light lacing.

Aroma of yeast, malt and some spice.

Taste started slightly sweet with caramel followed by clove and ending with some warmth from the chilli peppers.

Mouth Feel was medium body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth yet slightly sticky.

Overall chilli peppers work well with this beer, they were present yet not over whelming. This is a very nice pale ale.

I also had the opportunity to have a glass drawn from the cask, the chiles were more dominate, making it slightly warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 02:56:43 | More by dtivp
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-25-2011 02:11:13 | More by Blanco
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ortie

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-24-2011 23:26:09 | More by ortie
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latackbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2011 22:55:15 | More by latackbeer
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lokiikol

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2011 21:32:49 | More by lokiikol
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madeofsteel

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a few weeks ago, and it didn't seem right cracking it for no good reason, so why not Turkey Day?

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip, the bottling date is readily apparent. Pours a deep, deep red, easily mistaken for some brown, but it's definitely dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan head dissipate quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and cinnamon are up front, with just slight hoppiness in the back.

T - The hops are a lot more noticeable in the initial taste, more than the smell, but the malts are not to be ignored, with a definite caramel taste. Chilies are present, but not in the way you might think. More in the flavor than heat, and the cinnamon is just there enough to bring it all into focus. Pretty sweet for a chile style.

M - Sweet, dry finish with some noticeable alcohol burn. None of the stuff you'd expect from the chilies.

O - I expected a lot more heat from this beer, but it makes up for it with character and flavor. Certainly worth a turn of the head while it's still around.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:55:55 | More by madeofsteel
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a really dark ruby red color if not almost a brown color. Head is a tannish color and its fairly foamy. Has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- First thing I'm picking up is the Beligan yeast. Followed by the cinnamon, a mild chili pepper, and herbal hops.

T- Bready malts, spices and yeast are what really jump out at me. A touch of pepper, and hops are here too. A bit of heat from the alcohol is also present. As this one warmed up I found it much easier to drink.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- This one is alright. I probably won't pick up another one. I supposed the next time I have this one is when I tackle the veritcal.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:23:57 | More by nrbw23
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beertunes

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany color with just a thin cap of of off-white head that no retention or lacing.

The aroma was very spicy and yeasty with just a bit of underlying grain showing through. The taste was very similar, just a lot bigger and bolder. Grain was the base with that funky comb of spice and yeast dominating the tongue.

The body was good, somewhere less than full yet more than medium. Drinkability was good, if the distinct taste suits your palate, but I probably wouldn't have two in row. Overall, this beer is hard to describe, which explains why this review is so vague. This a must try when you see it, and maybe you'll be able to describe better than I can.

After looking at a few other reviews, I didn't pick up any of the chiles or cinnamon other reviewers mentioned. Certainly a unique beer, but I don't think it will age well, I suggest drinking it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 19:05:06 | More by beertunes
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JustinQ

California

5/5  rDev +33%

11-24-2011 16:20:55 | More by JustinQ
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jds619

California

2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red that is unusual but interesting. The aroma is a slight cinnamon sweetness with belgian yeast and chiles. At this point it is intriguing.

However, the flavor is all chiles up front that finishes with a merging of belgian yeast, chiles and just the slightest cinnamon which is barely detectable. The merging of the flavors is really more of a crashing, as they do not blend well together at all. They create a harsh aftertaste that is not enjoyable. I have another that I will age, hopefully the flavors work themselves out over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:05:39 | More by jds619
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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