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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: 421 | FT: 16
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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WritersBlock

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-13-2012 08:49:40 | More by WritersBlock
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bifrost17

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-13-2012 08:20:55 | More by bifrost17
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goalie33

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-13-2012 02:26:46 | More by goalie33
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-13-2012 01:47:47 | More by SFC21
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PatriotsRule

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly an epic. This is not exaggeration.
A: Nice and cloudy, almost a blood red. Yellowish head, medium lacing with good carbonation
S: Chilies and cloves. Fruity bready hoppy roasted malt with a hint of smoke
T: Chilies and hops. Citrus and something bright...
M: Nice yeast activity, very smooth and flavorful with ample aftertaste. A tiny bit o' alcohol
O: For this to be 9.4% it is absolutely beyond drinkable. Super interesting flavors, I mean really uncommon tasting beverage for a beer. It is soothingly spicy, and, well, wowing. Hoping to pick up a bottle of the 12.12.12 fresh hop monster as soon as an east coaster possibly can!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:37:48 | More by PatriotsRule
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-12-2012 21:41:31 | More by GeoffreyM
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NSK79

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-12-2012 19:25:20 | More by NSK79
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a murky orange-brown, 2 fingers of head (surprising for a year old chili beer). smells sweet of cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, has a mole spicy scent overall. a raisiny spicy kick up front.. very sugary sweet, a little bit TOO sweet that it doesn't honestly go all that great with the chili spice. a slight bitter aftertaste of burnt caramel.
medium body, medium carbonation, a little on the syrupy side.

an interesting choice for a beer, a subtle spiced quad.. the more it warms up the more you taste the pepper and cinnamon. not really THAT into it, and i do like mole stouts and dark chili ales, this one is just too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 02:17:37 | More by facundoCNB
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NateMac13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2012 01:09:44 | More by NateMac13
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exceptionally different ale, presented itself with a deep, rich yet cloudy mahogany color. The aroma is of sweet malt, prunes or dates, cinnamon and yes, chiles. This combination should not work but does quite nicely. The cinnamon is not as present but the sweet malt is at the front. The chilis are more forward at the end of the bottle and I really enjoyed the second half more than the first. The completely different nature of this ale makes it succeed and I recommend it for anyone experimenting.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 23:28:13 | More by KYGunner
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punydevil

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-07-2012 20:06:12 | More by punydevil
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JaysusJr

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.4%

12-04-2012 02:23:56 | More by JaysusJr
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rolive

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-02-2012 20:38:26 | More by rolive
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MarcWP

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-02-2012 00:46:12 | More by MarcWP
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C-Dog


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-01-2012 02:30:29 | More by C-Dog
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Ranz

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: With about an inch and a half head above a thick, murky brown, this beer pours nicely in my tulip. The head is fairly creamy in texture, and in the right light, the color almost becomes a bit red in hue. Thick lacing in the glass creates a webwork of resilient bubbles.

S: The Anaheim chiles are subtle yet distinct in the nose up front; bready malt, biscuit, and a slight tincture come next. It's a nice, warming, inviting smell, distinct in character yet not showy. I like it.

T: Very, very interesting. Just like in the nose, the chiles make their presence known immediately: it kicks with the carbonation before smoothly transitioning into a nice malt and yeast profile. It does have just the slightest sweetness to it, which is only discernible in the finish marked by an alcoholic medicinal quality. What a unique surprise.

M: For something with such a pronounced spice profile, it's a smooth experience with some nice acidity at the front with a fairly long, boozy finish.

O: Stone never disappoints, and this beer continues that tradition. I only wish that I had bought another and that I had known about this years earlier when the Vertical tradition began. Alas, good beer was not on my radar at that point.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:23:50 | More by Ranz
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Cinnamon beer, thanks Jason. Spicy, with heat in the finish. Brown with big lace. Interesting but also some astringency. OK drinkability, unique, but perhaps not the best of the vertical series. I would like more chile heat, offset with some brown sugar..

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 05:10:05 | More by Sammy
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RTrain12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-23-2012 23:27:05 | More by RTrain12
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-23-2012 20:40:31 | More by nquigley16
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-23-2012 05:07:33 | More by hilgart1
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Sicem99

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2012 04:42:24 | More by Sicem99
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2012 00:25:53 | More by oso
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown colour, 1.5 fingers of offwhite head, quite a great deal of lace here as well. Smell is loaded with pepper and spice, cinnamon, malt is there as well, some alcohol and some light belgian yeast influence. Taster is very spicy, chile is there in a big way, some cinnamon with a mid palate malty flavour. Medium carbonation, med-full body, good weight. Interesting stuff but this didn't do it for me, it became more drinkable after about 30 min or so but still mildly put off by this, wouldn't come back to this I dont think.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 14:58:37 | More by peensteen
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2012 07:55:54 | More by MarioM
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Chris_Cali_2o9


4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

11-20-2012 03:03:49 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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