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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours a carbonated, hazed mahogany with a thin tan head. Spicy green pepper and lime on the nose with mild citrus sweetness. Interesting. Flavor is initially sweet and citrusy with a slight buttery malt touch before drying out to a pleasant hot chile and green pepper finish. A little too sweet and syrupy to drink much of, but I like the salsa like flavor hiding in here.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is pretty clear, appearing amber hued with a thin, tan collar. The aroma brings citrus, spice, malt. Interesting flavor, with some limes and tart citrus amidst a sturdy malt profile. Chiles emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Interesting. Spicy aftertaste with some medium to full bodied malt character. Decent.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

OB1, Jan 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

tastymug, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beerdudenumberone, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

avschmitt, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass on 1/7/13

First let me say i feel a bit slighted that there were aged versions of this beer. I bet those where tasty.

Appearance- It pours a ruddy reddish orange with a light orange head. It dissipates eventually. Hardly any lacing

Aroma- Yeast, Banana, butter, cinnamon some vanilla and carmel on the back end.

Taste- Buttery, chili. reminiscent of a holiday tamale. A little corny, husky at the front, a big roasted chili flavor in the middle, and light cinnamon and piney hops round out the end. I am reminded of the few times I had Nopales, the mexican side dish made from cactus pads. It also becomes somewhat vinous as it warms.

Mouthfeel- slick almost greasy, low alcohol warmth.

Overall- having just tasted Telegraph's holiday Ale and the big smack of cinnamon that had, i have to say i somewhat enjoyed the subdued efforts of Stones 11/11/11 epic. I think by this time in the series the brewers were becoming bored or brash or both and just started throwing stuff in the beer. The Cinnamon was well played and the chilies worked okay, the whole thing played out a bit like a questionable "hole in the wall" mexican food joint. It doesn't look like much but it has it where it counts. The slick mouthfeel was a little off putting I thought of a greasy Chile Relleno. To me, if it was meant to be aged it would have a cork too...As one of the later releases in the epic series i imagine it was designed to not be cellared as long so it lacked some of the qualities i was expecting (slight oxidation, mellowed boozy warmth, hints of molasses plum and maybe some slight esthers or sourness) but, that's hardly the fault of the brewer. I wouldn't order another but this makes me wish I would have got in on the ground floor in the vertical epic series.

Uncle_Jimmy, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 07-12 vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a nice dark woody hue with a nice half finger off white head that left a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light vanilla and ancho chili's. Some nice Belgian esters as well.

T - Taste has lots of Belgian esters, vanilla and ancho chili's, especially on the finish. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, nice carbonation.

O - Overall a tasty beer, like what the vanilla and chili brings to they table.

rudzud, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

CitizenGrain, Jan 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

tetu, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a hazy, reddish brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Deep caramel, chocolate, and spicy notes of pepper, smoke, and clove.

T - Dark sugar, clove, and coriander up front. Some slightly harsh phenolics in the middle and a finish of brown sugar, chocolate, and dull spices.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit last year when I had it fresh on tap, but it is not as enjoyable now as it once was. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor is flabby and dull with a cloying meatiness that sits heavily on the palate.

nickfl, Jan 04, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: minimal head on a cloudy, deep auburn body. decent lacing.

S: mint, candy sugar, peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel.

T: cinnamon, chilis, caramel, fairly malty, brown sugar, spices, citrus.

M: chewy, medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: the chilis are very well applied. Enough to add flavor but not over done to hurt drinkablity or be considered a chili beer. Nice sweetness to heat balance. So far the tasting of 07- to 11 has been very interesting and well planned.

kylehay2004, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Timman87, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Wishdiak, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

dmcdede, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Charlie_Hoss, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ryser2k, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ssjkyle, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Gonzoillini, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TxUltraRunner, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass. Tasted as part of a 03-03-03 to 12-12-12 vertical (ratings are from this tasting)

A - Dark amber/pale mahogany body with a light khacki head and mild lacing left on the glass.

S - A bit of booze, peppers and a touch of sugar.

T - Sugary sweet, caramel, chile peppers, bitter hops. Lots of pepper flavor, but no real heat. Well rounded and balanced.

M - Medium body, light/medium carbonation, chile pepper flavor but no heat, a bit of booze.

O - Malty and peppery, well balanced, fairly easy drinking. Nice beer.

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. (tasted fresh upon release)

A - Pours a dark and ruby tinted amber body with a couple fingers of densely bubbled tan foam. After showing decent staying power, the head fizzles away with large bubble pops and leaves a fairly even coating of foamy lacing on the glass. 4.0

S - Very floral hop aromas up front, cinnamon, fruity/estery yeast aromas which are also sweet and somewhat candy-like. As the head falls, the Anaheim chiles become noticeable giving a peppery kick to the aroma. 3.5

T - Fruity Belgian yeast character gives the initial impression starting a bit on the sweet side, lots of esters, still quite floral and spicy with the cinnamon blending nicely. From there, there is a rather smooth transition from the flowery to the almost bitter pepper flavors that come on heading towards the finish. The peppers really don't give any heat and are quite manageable (even for someone not into the spicy stuff). Almost seems like the peppers could be used in lieu of hops to create the balance to the malty sweet and estery and yeasty Belgian character of the base beer. There is even what I'd call a bit of smokey/roasted pepper flavor in there too. Notes of cherries creep in periodically although this hits me on one sip and not another. Really interesting overall...I'm impressed. 4.5

M - Somewhat light feeling in body, but I wouldn't call it thin either. Carbonation is also on the lighter side and quite smooth. Peppers are really well integrated...plenty of flavor without the acid reflux inducing heat. 4.0

O - Though not my favorite of the VE series...still think 05.05.05 is the best of the bunch to date, this is quite good. As expected, a bit out of the norm, but an experiment that works pretty well for me. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden...never would have expected this to top out over 9%. Looking forward to having this one again at the end of the year side by side with the rest of the series. 4.0

portia99, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Axnjxn, Dec 30, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.