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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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

backslide311, Sep 02, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11: ale brewed with Anaheim chilies and cinnamon; 9.4% ABV; Appearance: mid amber; Smell: pale ale-y; Taste/Mouthfeel: subtle spice, no burn, bitter; bitterness mellowed by spicy food; decent/pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.61/5  rDev -4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of GilGarp
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a dark amber brown with thick, tight, off-white head. It settles slowly but leaves little lacing on the glass. The beer has poor clarity.

Aroma is malty, fruity, and slightly boozy with a nice Belgian yeast character. The cinnamon seems to come out here but I don't get a strong sense of chilies. That's a good thing in my book.

Flavor is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma but it's fair to say this is a well constructed beer. Layers of different flavors come forward. Some are expected like the green chilies and cinnamon, others not so expected like chocolate and a mild smokiness. There is also an earthy quality that mixes with the clove-rich Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Aging for the past two years seems to have done no harm but I never had it fresh to know just what it was like back then.

Overall I had some concerns about a beer made with chilies but, as it says on the bottle, they impart more flavor than heat. In the end, it's hardly my favorite beer but it's well made and I can appreciate the creativity.

GilGarp, Aug 07, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, murky amber/light brown
S: The cinnamon seems to be the overpowering smell
T: There is a nice spicy taste, but the cinnamon seems a little overpowering
M: Medium body, maybe a tad thicker
O: Overall, I'm a little disappointed by this beer, I wanted it to be better. The all spice is a little under done, the cinnamon is a little bit of overkill, I can't really taste the chilles. It's not a bad beer--Stone rarely makes bad beer--but its not great and I wouldn't buy this one again.

caulfield, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

billab914, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 01, 2013
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.