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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

1,465 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 431 | 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:
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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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Another6Pack, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

FLBeerGuy, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of robinsmv
3/5  rDev -20.2%

robinsmv, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty excited to try this one.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a small, just off-white head on top. Not much retention and spotty lacing. Small bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Certainly get some cinnamon, a little bit of spice, cloves and nutmeg, as well as a little bit of dark fruit. I do get a little bit of chile at the end. The chili aroma intensifies as the beer warms.

T: Bready malt, cinnamon, cloves, and a little bit of chili, but not really as spicy as I was hoping.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, surprised it is 9.4%, does not feel that high at all.

O: Pretty decent. Had the chili been a little spicier in the flavor profile I think it would be a real winner for me. Cinnamon was prominent throughout.

mdaschaf, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bertram
2/5  rDev -46.8%

bertram, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Nate for this ;)

Pours a clear orange colour. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sweet and spicy. Tastes similar. Spicy chilli spice but not hot. Cinnamon, cloves, lovely flavor profile. Well carbonated and enjoyable. Overall better than last years vertical epic.

Urbancaver, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy brownish/ruby red color with a half inch off-white head. The head doesn't stay around for long, and there's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like cinnamon, cloves, peppers, and a bit of bananas. It tastes like cloves, cinnamon, spicy and sweet peppers, bready malt, bananas and a bit of dark fruit. The heat from the peppers isn't close to being hot, but the spiciness is noticeable. It's sweet, spicy and bitter all at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. Overall I liked it, it'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

bluejacket74, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of movingtrain
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle...got one to taste, and one to set back for a few years.

Pours amber in color, low head on top, but excellent, thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has the wonderful Belgian funk up front...wet leaves, damp earth, wood, clove, cinnamon, some vanilla...this beer smells awesome.

Okay...so this is a Chile Beer, as per it's style listing. Up front are some fine flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and light pungent white grapes. As the beer settles on the palate, the chilies become more apparent, but not too much in the forefront. There is some spice on the tongue, but it is not overwhelming...and, in fact, the minor amount of spice on the tongue actually adds to the Belgian dark candy sugar and spice flavor...they marry well.

The mouthfeel has a very chalky aspect to it...which is good in this sense. Chalky in the sense that it feels wild and funky. It has that hint of clove and banana (but not banana flavor--anything banana flavored is awful--this has a hint of banana from the yeast, I assume, which gives the beer some depth, as it is mixed with other spicy elements and earthy funk).

Overall, this beer is remarkable. The Belgian yeast really does the beer justice, and I doubt it would be the same without it. The chilies give a nice subtle spicy backbone to the beer, which helps to support some of the sweeter spice and yeasty funk in this beer.

movingtrain, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BrittEBurke
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BrittEBurke, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

THECPJ, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark brownish ruby color with a little bit of head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of chiles, green peppers, and maybe a tiny amount of smoke. Taste is more of the chiles. Some malt, green peppers and cinnamon . Honestly this beer tastes more like bell peppers than spicy chile peppers. Has some spice to it but not alot of heat. Odd aftertaste. Think its the cinnamon. This beer tastes weird and kind of medicinal. Overall, I don't like this very much and may not buy one to age.

PicoPapa, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Review #2000! Before this, I'd never heard of anaheim chillies. Yeah, really. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby topped by a finger of dark off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, green pepper flesh, cilantro, Belgian candi sugar, and sweet caramel. The peppers lend a bit of heat to the cinnamon, as though the latter were really made for breath-cleansing chewing gum. The taste holds notes of caramel, light cinnamon, very light dank greens, light toasted biscuit, clove, and, in the back, a mild bit of pepper flesh and even milder bit o' heat. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Things sorta dry out near the end. Overall, this combination had potential, but the peppers, instead of providing a complimentary bit of heat, sorta drown things out with their dankness as events progress across the tongue. It's not bad in any appreciable manner, but rather a decently-flavored brew that doesn't fully impress.

TMoney2591, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jeff1973, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stigs, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jerz
2/5  rDev -46.8%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red color with almost no head

S: Very interesting. Get peppers, Belgian fruity yeast, malt, and some spice but not much. Peppers are more on the sweeter side, not really spicy

T: Same as the smell. Peppers really hold the stage again, but aren't really spicy at all. Belgian yeast is spicier than the peppers, with a lot of fruity notes as well. Cinnamon comes out throughout and is more of a background flavor than anything. A nice balance of sweet and spicy in general. Alcohol is extremely well blended in with the flavors as well

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Surprised with the lack of carbonation in both the appearance and feel

O: A nice chile beer that integrates the spicy Belgian yeast with the peppers and cinnamon to make a surprisingly tasty, well-balanced brew

BEERMILER12, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Travisnin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was a short foam cap that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S - mostly sweet, brown sugar aroma, hints of the peppers, banana and clove
T - starts out sweet, then you're hit with the cloves, the peppers are in the background and really only surface in the end. It seems a little bit of a mess right now, but think it might age nicely
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied,
D - it has a slight hint of cough syrup, its not bad, and I think it has room to grow, i'm just not a complete fan right now.

mikereaser, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #5 top Chile Beer on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Served from a 22 ounce bottle into a Vertical Epic glass because I am one sick badass. I pity you, just so you know.

Beer is light brown, light a burnt amber, clear, big bubble carbonation, thin head, low retention, no lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is mostly sweet mildly, semi-spicy, mild pepper flavor.

Beer is medium in body, really sweet, interesting like a dubbel with a chili chilli chile flavor to the back ground. It finishes nicely and tastes really good. I would and will have it again next year.

drabmuh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Ruination glass. Dark red color, almost maroon. Looks kind of like cranberry juice. Tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a two finger, creamy, tan colored head. It doesn't stay long and the lace is weak.

Smell is of bananas, belgian yeast. Soggy bread and earthy notes. I can actually smell some spice.

Taste is pretty sweet. Of course I taste the bananas immediately. Cloves are there. Kind of tastes like the holidays. Cinnamon and there is just a hint of spicy peppers. Quite nice.

Mouth is smooth with creamy carbonation. Body is medium and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I must say that this was pretty tasty. I generally hate belgian influenced beer but not this one. This is also the first belgian beer that I been able to smell and taste the banana. The mild pepper finish was nice too. With all of that being said, I still don't like belgian styled beers and am pretty sure this one isn't going to change my mind.

azdback, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 0z bomber
a chile beer or and EPA/amber or a mix of the 2

A- pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger white head a nice amount of lacing

S was malts chilie,hops ,cinnamon a wet grass funk

T- was malts and hops with a a chile hot pepper taste mixed in with spice and cinnamon some belgian yeast its a cornucopia of styles tastes

M- was medium carbonation with a hot taste slightly dry and bitter that was tasty

O- i split this bomber, i think a whole one might of been a chore to drink, maybe 1 more bottle for me or if its on tap i will try again

gatornation, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +33%

ineva, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of HopSlap72
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try a small glass of this during a society of beer tasters event at Elwood's Pub.

It comes off with a nice amber color with just a hint of head.

My initial smell didn't reveal the variety of ingredients that were brewed into the Vertical. After letting it sit for around five minutes i began to notice the chili smell as well as a heavy cinnamon.

It was a different different taste than i had ever tried in a beer. The cinnamon flavor i thought would be at the forefront was gone but replaced with this dried chili flavor. My first drink i was surprised, but by my second and third i was left wishing that there was more of this coming around.

Overall another great brew from Stone. If you can find a bottle of this, you really should try it. It really is one of a kind

HopSlap72, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Sixofsigmas
5/5  rDev +33%

Sixofsigmas, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Vertical Epic 11/11/11

Appears a deep amber, with fine clarity and little head or lace.

Aroma much like Big Red Gum, with malt sweetness, cinnamon, and a touch of spice from the peppers.

In the taste, belgian yeast makes an appearance with a nice rounded fruityness, cinnamon and chile come through for a unique and enjoyable flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a small dry spice.

Overall: A nice take on a chile beer. The cinnamon, and ginger bread like malt compliment the chiles very well.

Stinkypuss, Nov 17, 2011
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.