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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

1,454 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,454
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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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

A hard pour down the middle of a snifter results in two fingers of rolling and bubbly tan head. Color is dark brown with ruby red hues at the edges. Spice, dark chocolates, dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins) to the nose up front. A little caramel malt sweetness and fresh baked cinnamon bread follows. Tastes of semi-dark chocolate, more dark fruits, taffy sweetness and simple bitterness at the very end. Creamy going down and the alcohol is camouflaged with the complexity of flavors. A little cardboard in the aftertaste fades quickly. As it warms a bit of unique earthiness is revealed, presumably from the chili addition. First VE undertaking, and somehow feel I've really missed something in the past as this one is sitting quite well right now.

stephens101, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kew, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Yesdog, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jrcmlc
4.25/5  rDev +13%

jrcmlc, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ber12
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ber12, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
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.

Hopswagger, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

pixieskid, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

SaxmanRick, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of VinnyA
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

VinnyA, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of RebornStussy
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

RebornStussy, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of sandiego67
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mattkoon
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.

mattkoon, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kubrickx, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of tleifj
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

tleifj, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

TastyIsBeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of DavidST
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.

DavidST, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of atr2605
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.

atr2605, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev +13%

beerhan, Dec 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

TripsRight, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hanzo, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TubbyDullard, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of HerculesRM
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.

HerculesRM, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.