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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

1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 42
Gots: 438 | 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 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We’re getting near the end here. My bottles of 2003 through 2010 are just itching to know how this second to last brew will mingle next year with the final Vertical Epic.

This beer pours a clear dark amber body with a small white head.

Nose is actually pretty mellow. It has a malt smell, but this smell of a chile burn, in that there’s a hot pepper smell that kills all the other smells without actually being distinct of it’s own, dominates the nose. Very fruity nose too.
Taste is medium bodied with a very straight ahead pale ale, or slightly bigger strong pale ale taste. Straight up caramel malt, a little of cracker. However there’s this underlying taste of chile’s, not a burn at all. Just a taste of chile peppers. On top of that there’s this cinnamon flavor. It’s so weird. Straight up pale ale with chile’s and cinnamon without a burn. Absoultely NO HEAT at all. No burn, nothing. Just flavor. How odd.

What an odd and unique beer. Cinnamon and Chile’s. What the fuck!!! It seriously tastes like a strong pale ale with hot peppers and cinnamon thrown in. I really don’t know how to describe it beyond that. This is probably the most unique VE since ’04 with the kafir lime. Actually, it kinda reminds me of that one. Interesting.

Photo of goldbot
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear with a definite amber color; not much paleness here. Medium, tan-colored head with nice retention and lacing. Hearty malt aromas with a yeasty, spicy, and herbal presence coming out especially as the beer warms. The yeast definitely dominates the aroma after a bit. Flavors are a big jumble of hops and yeast up front with an underlying caramel sweetness, lending a medium body and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely herbal and spicy but not much "heat" really. A smoky, peppery aftertaste lingers. I feel as though it might be a bit early for this one.

Photo of psumjl269
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice amber colored pour. Not much head.

S- I smell the chilis in this. I also smell nutmeg or cardamom or something of the like.

T- Malty with cinnamon/nutmeg being the dominant flavor. I wish the chili smell translated into the taste.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel. Very good and drinkable.

O- I thought this was pretty good. It is a unique tasting beer; however, I get no chili taste, just the smell. If the chilis actually came through in the taste, it would push this beer through the stratosphere.

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

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a short wispy head.

Smell: spicy yeast, cinnamon, and some malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice malty brew with loads of cinammon, a bit of spicy peppers, black pepper spice, belgian yeast, a hint of chocolate, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crsip throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: easy to drink, but slow sipping with the spiciness of it all. Should be nice in a year from now when it mellows a bit.

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

Sampled while in line for the FFF Anniversary party.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a nice two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap.

S- Vegetal at first with notes of bell peppers and light chili peppers followed by some spices with cinnamon and pepper. Burnt sugar and caramel malt are in the background

T- Very sweet and vegetal with a good amount of caramel malt, cinnamon, bell peppers, mild green chilies, clove and under ripe banana.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes a bit sweet with the spices lingering.

O- Meh, didn't really like this too much. Too sweet and vegetal as well as the flavors seeming to clash with each-other. Not sure if aging this beer would help at all to tone down the sweetness.

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

Beautiful pour, clear dark and bright garnet color with a big rocky white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are yeasty, some caramel, and nuttiness.

Taste starts out with nice subtle chili heat, earthy and nutty, with light caramel sweetness. Beer settles into some Belgian yeast flavors, cloves, faint banana, cinnamon spice and pepper. Finish is slightly warm from the alcohol and with earthy hop bitterness. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, with plenty of body.

Overall, I like it. This is unique and tasty, but I am pretty sure there will be plenty of detractors, just like 10.10.10, but I'm a fan of this one. Not really sure how the chilis are going to hold up over time, but the base beer is quite good on it's own. Well done Stone for producing this tasty and unique offering.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking beer. A couple fingers of creamy substantial head form and stay for a bit. The beer is a bright/deep rust/amber color. Perfect clarity, no visible carbonation. Just a touch of lace.

Aroma is fairly bold and a blend of spice, sweet malt notes and some yeast notably clove. Cinnamon is there, but not pronounced.

The first sip is almost overwhelming. What a thick flavor. Deep sweet malt meets cinnamon and clove. Almost more clove than the cinnamon. The Belgian yeast provides a lot of depth here. The chilis provide a touch of warmth and a slight almost smokey pepper flavor. As I worked through the glass this grew on me a bit. A bit not a lot. The sweetness with the clove wasn’t my favorite.

Fairly bold mouth feel & a bit slick.

I will look forward to trying this again in a year. Will be interesting to see what a little age will do to this beer. I think I would have preferred to drink this with some food. On it’s own, I’m not sure it’s a beer I would seek to drink.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zep9865
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter with 1/8 inch of white/tan foam head that leaves patchy lacing

Love that i can detect the chile on the nose of this beer. Smells like a fresh cut jalapeno along with brown sugar and cinnamon. Slightly figgish as well.

Beer is surprisingly sweet from the get-go with more carmelized sugar than i wanted. I was hoping for a sharp cinnamon sting to complement the chile. The pepper is presented, fortunetly. Tastes like the smell. Love the jalapeno feel.

The beer is so sweet up front that it doesn't allow you to enjoy the transition into the chile.

This beer had some good flavor, but the malt took over more than it should have. It would be better off having a lighter body and letting the chile take over

Photo of Duhast500
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

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

This beer just arrived today. It pours a light brown with severe ruby red highlights and a beige lacing around my glass. The aromas are of cinnamon, nutmeg, cherries, plums, Belgian yeasts, figs, chocolate, and tobacco with a moderate chile finish. It's solid, and just enough chile to keep me interested. The flavor begins with short lived sweet malts with some slightly sweet cherries before going into a really nice chile profile that gives you a nice amount of chile spice and a nice amount of chile heat. That said, it could be hotter but it's still keeping me interested. The chile picks up a little too as it warms. I'm surprisingly a fan. It drinks between light and medium in body and has nice flavor. If this kept the amount of chile that it has now I'd be willing to get a couple of these and have one every once in awhile. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. Overall this was a solid beer and I'm glad that Stone went with this approach.

Photo of loving44
2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured milk chocolate brown with a tan head.

S: The aroma is a strange combination of fruity Belgian yeast, banana, toast, and a light, earthy pepper aroma. Mixed together it's kind of weird.

T: unbalanced, chili pepper up front, with a syrupy cinnamon aftertaste. Didn't like it at all. I would assume that with some age the flavors would meld a little better, but who knows.

M: decent mouth feel, medium-heavy body.

Overall: didn't like it, and I don't want to go though the effort to age this.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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.

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.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.