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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

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 430 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Grinky, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

brywhite, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -4%

rkarimi, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jrhodes97, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ox1574, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

xdtfx, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mpayne5, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JamesZ, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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
Photo of caulfield
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

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, Jul 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

N17shelfside, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle "rescued" from an out of the way bottle store in Western, Massachusetts USA on July 28, 2013. Last leftover in stock.

The pour is a handsome mahogany brown, rich amber color with a tannish head and consistent "up the middle of the glass" carbonation.

The aroma has a quick malty and cinnamon sweetness that is fervently replaced by pepper and other spices in short order. Delightful.

The body is medium to bold with a creamy quality to it.

The taste is much like the aroma with an upfront sweetness that is superseded rather quickly by the pepper and spices that linger long to the end. Slight alcohol burn but quite tolerable. It aged quite well.

puboflyons, Jul 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

rderedin, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Birdlegs, Jul 21, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours dark ruby with a finger of off-white head.

Smell is peppers cinnamon spice, good flavors. Bit boozy and some dark fruits.

Taste is a bit spicy and boozy. A lot like a winter ale. Smooth drinking. Peppers are the dominating flavor, but not overpowering.

Good beer.

Smurf2055, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops one year after its initial release, served in a tiny snifter. This is a Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chilies from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley.

Cloudy crimson. A thin, wispy head of light tan.

Surprisingly sweet nose. There's a big banana note that blends with heavy, sweet peaches. Green chiles meld in perfect proportion with the sugary fruit, making this almost seem like it was sour or spiked with some funkifying yeast strain.

Earthy peppers are more apparent in the flavor, though without heat. Kind of like voting into a green pepper, the same bite. Nice blend of pear and banana in the back, though banana is bigger here. Black pepper, red apples, a touch of honey. Complex and pretty damn tasty.

Medium light body, moderate massaging carbonation break the beer into a ton of fizz.

Much improved from its original form. I like this way more than I did when I had it last year. Nice use of peppers, good Belgian sweetness.

Phelps, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JesseLara, Jul 09, 2013
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.