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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

1,435 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 420 | FT: 15
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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Smurf2055

Washington

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:12:46 | More by Smurf2055
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

07-14-2013 01:19:35 | More by pathman
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 21:58:31 | More by Phelps
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JesseLara

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-09-2013 05:41:28 | More by JesseLara
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-08-2013 04:45:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Well the latest reviews are a big let down that this beer hasn't aged well for the past two years. Still I managed to obtain a bottle for 7 bucks at the Beermuda in Lower Burrell.

A - Rocking 1/2 inch of opaque colored head means carbonation held up well. Beer is a dark murky amber brown.
S - Smell is very mild with pepper spice, cinnamon, fruity esters, and a touch of sweet malts.
T - Starts off innocently enough. Fruity flavors and mild cinnamon but then the peppers kick in. It's really not spicy but it doesn't clash with the dry Belgium yeast making it bitter and dry. The finish also hounds the hops which I assume have an impact of the bitter. The flavors do meld away so its not terrible just less than interesting.
M - Well the body is great very medium with just a touch of carbonation. Easily drinkable like other stone beers.

Overall sucks that the flavors in this really have gone down hill. Looking at the review it was never really great but now it's even less than that. Don't pick up a bottle if you see it. It's beyond it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:05:44 | More by DrDemento456
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-07-2013 11:54:58 | More by jaxon53
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-06-2013 23:58:56 | More by LoveStout
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-06-2013 23:50:19 | More by acurtis
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ebrifan

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-06-2013 06:06:47 | More by ebrifan
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henrisimo

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-02-2013 18:18:11 | More by henrisimo
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden brown color. Bubbly collar with a few wisps drifting in the middle of my glass. Smells like lemon Ricola. Caramel, citrus hard candy with an odd spice that seems familiar but can't place. Barleywine-esque but thinner.

This was one of my least favorites of the vertical. I didn't know it was a chili cinnamon beer - I guess that explains the odd spice character.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 14:33:18 | More by donkeyrunner
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Mjohnescu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-29-2013 13:49:50 | More by Mjohnescu
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-28-2013 02:35:22 | More by mportnoy
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jbaakko

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-27-2013 17:24:03 | More by jbaakko
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-26-2013 07:07:04 | More by July2Nov
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ccozzi

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-26-2013 03:30:44 | More by ccozzi
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium copper with fair amount of chill haze that fades as it warms and is totally expected with a older beer. The head is tan and made of fine bubbles with a decent retention span.

S: A medium aroma reminiscent of sun-dried chili peppers along with a low orange ester and a low malty complexity like that an Old Ale. There is a low alcohol aroma and a touch of spicy phenols. A bit of soy comes out as it warms up.

M: There is an initial orange-like fruitiness with some spice to start with the spice building a bit as you sip. The balance is somewhat sweet with a medium malt sweetness having a little caramel character against a low hops bitterness but the sweetness more countered by the spice and alcohol. The finish is medium-sweet and the aftertaste is spicy and a low fruitiness that reminds me of a Dubbel.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a linger light tingle from the spice but not detracting.

O: An unusual beer that I can appreciate for it's bold approach and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:10:44 | More by MadScientist
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-24-2013 03:59:30 | More by egrace84
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-23-2013 13:56:41 | More by Geuzedad
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cgarcer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-20-2013 02:48:16 | More by cgarcer
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andysc83

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-14-2013 20:35:31 | More by andysc83
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BKotch

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2013 04:50:17 | More by BKotch
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schaffer9252

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-12-2013 01:11:59 | More by schaffer9252
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-11-2013 02:44:02 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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