Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-18-2011 03:17:49 | More by azdback
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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
11-18-2011 01:20:53 | More by gatornation
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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
11-17-2011 18:06:34 | More by HopSlap72
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-17-2011 07:53:01 | More by Stinkypuss
2.2/5 rDev -41.5%
Looked great in the glass; awesome color and head with moderate lacing. Smelled of Benadryl and bananas, with some metals. Taste: The chiles came in with a vengeance. The chile taste wasn't bad, except when it collided with the bananas, cinnamon, and metal it was not pleasant. I finished the bomber but it was a chore. Slightly better as it warmed, which is odd given the phenolic quality but whatever. Not a fan.
11-17-2011 06:26:33 | More by gregb13
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
An off tan somewhat foamy three finger head is made off the pour, to rest on a dark red copper amber body that is clear and virtually free of any rising carbonation. There is some head retention here but not much, but there is a good bit of staying power also.
Nose is kind of small. A fairly small airy malt, but not much really else. Pleasant, but no hop or chile sense, so we move along. After some sips and drink the nose returns and opens up some brown dry spices (cinnamon, clove) become noticeable, but perhaps because the tasting cycle by now is all complete.
An interesting feel and body, and a slow lingering awakening palate. Body fills with a weak malt, but then subsides on the swallow. Afterfinish brings some almost dry spice sense, then the palate becomes a little dry also. Eventually there is a VERY slow chile burn and then mixes some good bitter hop in the mid palate. EXTREMELY... powdery. Mouthfeel is juicy, and full bodied and rich. Sweetness comes greater and brings a large cinnamon rush after many sips.
Overall the beer gets a little "spicy"-er after some subsequent sips, and brings out the nose more of the chile angle. Noticing the high abv on this it's rather tolerable which is quite impressive. This is not some boozy hot alcohol mess at all, it's very much under control. The most impressive thing with this beer is the more and more I consume it, the better it gets. Nice job.
11-17-2011 03:19:19 | More by smakawhat
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.
a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.
s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, nutmeg, Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, and cloves. Quite Belgian-ale like, with cinnamon at the forefront. Pretty nice, no chiles to be had here though.
t - Tastes of chili peppers, spices, cinnamon, bready malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and light fruit. Peppers are definitely present in the taste and aftertaste. I didn't think it was bad at all, though a step down from the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9.4$ ABV, though a sipper due to the chili and spices in the aftertaste.
o - Overall an interesting beer. I didn't think it was bad at all, though a 10 oz. glass was enough for me, so couldn't see putting down a bomber of this. Nose is very Belgian ale like fused with cinnamon, while the taste has the chile peppers, so guess they got what they were going for. I'll pick one up for the vertical.
11-16-2011 18:35:01 | More by mdfb79
2.3/5 rDev -38.8%
A - Looks nice with 2 finger khaki head. Body is dark reddish amber.
S - It is sweet and sour. A lot of Juicy Fruit and some dark notes of sour cherries.
T - Goes terribly wrong here. A mix of Juicy Fruit, bell pepper, sour milk, and wheat. Not good. Hits you in the back of the mouth with sour bitterness.
M - Decent job here. Nice balance between carbonation and thickness.
O - I don't know what happened to this beer. Everything is good about it except for the taste. Just funky.
11-16-2011 05:29:41 | More by RuckusDu
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
Picked up a bomber at Calandro's and poured into an imperial pint.
It's a ruby red color, clear with a finger or so of off white head. There isn't much lacing but some good looking pooling.
The smell is rather malty with some strong cinnamon notes. There's a little Belgian floral hop note in there as well. Pretty appetizing.
The taste is a lot more chile in there with a flavor that closely resembles a Belgian dubbel. I'm a big fan of the interaction.
Very easy to drink with a minimal alcohol note despite a good abv.
Another winner from Stone.
11-16-2011 03:07:03 | More by theboozecruise
2.4/5 rDev -36.2%
Stone Brew Co.
A deep auburn bordering on caramel brown with a thin light brown head.
The aroma is a strange combination of tangy Belgian yeast, caramel malts, a bit of banana, and a very mild, earthy chile presence. They don't seem to blend particularly well together, though on paper I know it doesn't sound all that bad. Maybe it's the cinnamon's fault?
The flavor is just as confused as the aroma. The Belgian yeast is dominant along with a sweet banana flavor, some cracked black pepper, and just a hint of chile warming lingers. On paper, it doesn't sound that bad, but it really wasn't at all enjoyable.
Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation.
A mess. I struggled through my 8oz. and didn't finish the glass.
11-16-2011 02:54:21 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
This has to be one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Fantastically ruby and perfectly clear. Subtle hints of spice and cinnamon in the aroma that finds its way into the beer itself. Pretty subtle though with the cinnamon and chile, but there's still a bit of heat. Overall great beer.
11-16-2011 01:58:25 | More by Kranders
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
A- Pours a clear reddish body with a 2-finger off white head that shows good retention and some nice lace.
S- A slight buttery aroma up front, light a pale lager almost. Not too much going on here either way. There's a slight chili burn at the very back end of every whiff along with some banana and clove.
T- Also pretty bland. There's some cinnamon flavor, some banana, and a slight burn which I'm not sure is the ABV or the chilis.
MF- Only a moderate body on this one. Good amount of carbonation keeps it lively, though.
O- Not a bad beer, but not what I think Stone should be putting out. Glad I tried it, but won't again...
11-16-2011 00:34:02 | More by LtCracker20
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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