Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-07-2012 23:28:13 | More by KYGunner
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
11-28-2012 00:23:50 | More by Ranz
3.63/5 rDev -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..
11-25-2012 05:10:05 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
11-21-2012 14:58:37 | More by peensteen
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
Rich amber colored with a quickly reducing off-white head. Anaheim chilies dominate the nose on this one, as well as the initial taste. The back end is where the cinnamon comes through, followed by a warm, pleasant finish fueled by the high ABV. Unique flavor profile, but really enjoyable for something so off the beaten path -- which speaks to the quality and complexity of the beer. The Belgian-inspired malt profile is an elegant platform for the Anaheim chilies and cinnamon. Not something I'd want every day, but a great change of pace and pretty much perfect for a cold, grey November afternoon.
11-17-2012 22:08:15 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
Opened on 11/13/12 shared with a friend and poured into a tulip glass.
Only bought 2 when they came out and didnt drink them so this is my first taste.
Appearance: pours almost a light brownish and cloudy, small amount of light getting though. 1 finger off white head dissapated quickly, some lacing
Aroma: bready, malty, belgiany, sweet smell. not getting much chili or cinnamon in the nose.
Taste: very mild belgian taste, maybe the year of age mellowed it out. Get a hint of spice and clove, Really nice sweetness but not too sweet then folowed by the chili in the back of the mouth and slightly boozy as it warms your chest up a little.
Overall: Great tasting beer, Definitely worth the wait. Lots of complex flavors, almost too rich for my palate to dicipher.
11-14-2012 21:52:00 | More by Chadillac
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.