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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

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 426 | FT: 18
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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ber12

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-24-2012 02:30:34 | More by ber12
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series.

P: A vivacious clear amber to copper body that has a dollop of tan bubbly head.

S: Nice a peppery, Anaheim pepper, picketed bell peppers, picketed jalapeño peppers, banana phenol, orchard fruit, cinnamon. Nice heat to this.

T/M: Spicy peppers continue with a spices and sweet malt background. Medium smooth tight body crisp carbonation.

O: Nice and spicy. Tons of different variations of spice to this. Spicy hops and vinegar soaked peppers. The heat was really brought with this beer and it developed nicely. I have to expect that it was quite intense when fresh.

12-23-2012 20:05:02 | More by Hopswagger
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pixieskid

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-23-2012 14:42:53 | More by pixieskid
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

12-22-2012 17:33:52 | More by SaxmanRick
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-22-2012 16:56:14 | More by VinnyA
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RebornStussy

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-22-2012 15:32:06 | More by RebornStussy
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sandiego67

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-22-2012 04:24:39 | More by sandiego67
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mattkoon

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

i was about to buy the new stone vertical epic 12.12.12 buy the fella at the beer store i go to said that it was in jan.'s beer club so i figured i could hold off til next week. i decided to pick up the ve11.11.11.

it pours a cloudy brown looks good.

the smell is bold and fruity. you can also detect the cinnamon. it seems to be the perfect time of year for this beer right around the holidays.

the taste is unique there is traces of the chilies, maybe even slight heat. and you can taste the alcohol. there is a lot of sweetness here-its also dry, reminds me of a red wine.

over all i like it, i like when breweries reach out and try different combos, makes for unique drinks. i look forward to the 12.12.12 next week.

12-22-2012 00:32:43 | More by mattkoon
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2012 20:15:22 | More by Kubrickx
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-21-2012 20:05:50 | More by sendbeer
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -35.4%

11.11.11, a year and change later. In a pint glass.

Very cloudy and muddy brown. Looks like pond water with some afterwash foam scum.

Cardboard oxidation, overripe banana, caramel, and muddy malts.

Definitely didn't keep well. Papery and caramelized and turned. Cinnamon is still prevalent and the banana is just behind the accent. The heat is barely there. It's just not right, however. No distinguishable malt profile. Only what I remember from last year.

Drinks smooth, but with light carbonation. Alcohol levels are a little seeping.

Should have reviewed this last year. An otherwise okay beer turned bad. Time was not the answer. Sorry Stone. Drain pour.

12-21-2012 15:59:39 | More by thecheapies
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tleifj


4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

12-21-2012 04:59:43 | More by tleifj
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2012 03:19:11 | More by TastyIsBeer
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

I thought that I reviewed this last year but I guess I didn't. Anyways poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a three finger thick tan head which has mid retention and this completely dissipates. The smells are of cinnamon, chili, dark ripe fruit, Belgian sugar. The feel is medium to thick, tingly on the tongue. The taste is good enough, dark ripe fruit, sugar, cinnamon and a some nice green chili.

12-21-2012 02:06:47 | More by DavidST
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atr2605

New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white head with pretty good retention and leaves a thick lace around the edge of the snifter
S-cinnamon, chili, dark fruit like plums and black cherry
T-cinnamon and fruit up front with the chili peppers coming in the finish along with a bit of bitterness
M-medium to medium-full
O-very unique brew. Should have bought a bottle to try when it was first released in order to compare. Still very interesting and complex.

12-21-2012 01:19:15 | More by atr2605
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beerhan

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-21-2012 00:39:40 | More by beerhan
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TripsRight


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

12-20-2012 23:23:17 | More by TripsRight
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-20-2012 22:55:53 | More by Hanzo
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-20-2012 16:03:20 | More by TubbyDullard
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HerculesRM

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

Serving type: Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. I may have served it too cold.

A: Murky brown with a hint of amber, cloudy.

S: It has a very clean smell, but that's part of the problem. Not much fragrance to speak of.

T: Underwhelming. The chilis and cinnamon are weak, and I had to use my imagination to detect them at all, very slight spice. Slight alcohol taste. Decent malt profile.

M: Somewhat thick, appropriate for this gravity.

O: Overall a bit of a disappointment, though not a bad beer. It may have been better had I served it a bit warmer. I have a second bottle that I intend to cellar for a while, and I may update my review.

12-20-2012 14:11:05 | More by HerculesRM
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Pecan

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-20-2012 08:44:20 | More by Pecan
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

No freshness dating other than the 11.11.11

A= Pours a thick looking hazy dark amber brownish color with a thin finger of active bubbly head on it that holds little retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a deep cinnamon aroma with deep rich belgian candy and dark malts. It has a bit of an over ripe pear aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T= The taste is actually quite nice. I was initially worried about the chili in it but the chili is very light offering only a vegetative quality to it. The cinnamon comes through as well as touches of belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. It has a nice sweet malt character similar to that of an irish amber or something of the sort. The finish offers just a touch of the chili.

M= Lower carbonated.

O= This is a solid beer for something I figured I would hate. It works. The chili is light in it and that may have something to do with the age. It's complex enough to keep ya guessing. Check this beer out if you can find it. It's worth looking at.

12-20-2012 00:19:35 | More by jjanega08
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-19-2012 16:23:31 | More by SadMachine
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bigbankhank

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-19-2012 08:33:45 | More by bigbankhank
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mrebeka

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

12-19-2012 04:21:26 | More by mrebeka
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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