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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
84
good

477 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 448 | 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:
Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011

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
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Reviews: 477 | Hads: 1,504
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter..

A: Pours a solid amber color with a dirty, off-white head forming on the pour.

S: Sort of soapy with some chili and some sweet dark grapes. Mild cracker malts.

T: Chili pepper with some earthy dirt. Dried chili flake heat with some sweet bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level and some chili heat on the finish.

O: The chili had subsided. A fascinating beer for sure with sweet malts playing off the mild chili heat. I'm a fan of chili beers so I enjoyed this one more than most. (546 characters)

Photo of dbell23
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review was written about a bottle that was aged over a year. I aged it because the new bottles were somewhat overwhelming.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Super dark orange/ golden brown with little head and no retention or lacing.

The aged smell is more subdued than the new smell. Still bubblegum,cinnamon, and chile but not near as pronounced based on my recollection.

The taste is not the assault on the palate as I remember from a year ago. Chile beer to start with a somewhat hoppy malt middle and a fairly clean aftertaste. Very pleasant and very different. Unlike any other beer I have ever had. I guess you could call it a Belgian strong ale but its unlike any other beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation and as usual it smoothes out as it warms.

Overall a good beer and super different. I'm glad I aged it as it did mellow with time. The new version was pretty close to over the top. (926 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aged 14 months

A: Pours very hazy amber, thick 3 finger off-white head.

S: Tons of belgian yeast smells; banana, pepper, cinnamon, ester. To be honest this smell a lot like a home brewed belgian.

T: Chilis and cinnamon up front, a bit of that belgian brown malt taste in the middle, finishes with a pepper/ green chili kick. It almost has a metallic taste as well. Pretty lackluster if you ask me.

M: medium body and medium carbonation

O: I can appreciate 11.11.11 for what it is, a chili beer. It's not bad but I don't need to have it again. There was a good amount of flavors going on but none really shined through which just left me saying 'meh'. (655 characters)

Photo of peabody
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a slightly couldy amber to ice tea color with one finger of off-white suds. Slight lacing here.
Smell is malty sugar and yeast. Buttered raisin bread with burbon on top. the 9.4% is way over the top. Not enough ingredients and too much booze. Terrible.
Taste is a boozy mess with some raisin bread alcohol pudding thrown in there for good measure. Gross.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but mostly clean. The problem is you don't want these flavors in your mouth after the initial taste. Nasty.
Overall I am going to poop on this one just like Stone did to all of us expecting something special out of this Vertical Epic nighmare. Booo on Stone. (652 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Vertical Epic glass.

Pours a medium brown cherry bronze. Totally clear when poured carefully.

Smells like tart dark fruit and brown sugar.

Taste seemigly has no pepper left after a year. It tastes like a mildly spiced dubble with mild alcohol and bread crust.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied. (317 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-deep amber color with an off-white head and minimal lacing

T-caramel malt, cinnamon, pepper, coriander, slight yeasty funk, minimal bitterness in the finish. The flavors just don't seem to blend well and not well-balanced.

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-awkward flavor profile, not my favorite in this series so far (331 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

Just cracked open this beer after aging it for over a year. It was kept in my fridge the whole time. May have been too cold to age, but I left it there more out of disinterest than anything else.

This pours a crystal clear cherry color, a dark red tending towards brown. Spots fo light tan head stick to the glass as you drink. Nose starts with lots of sweet caramel with allspice and some cinnamon. This smells like a spice cake. The sweetness is almost tangible. I get no peppers in the aroma. The flavor starts sweet too, with caramel, sweet bread, and rye. The candied sugar is heavy with this one. The flavors drift darker with some tobacco and very weak whisky. I can't tell what kind of hops are used, but they definitely are not the traditional West Coast varietals that Stone tends to favor. Most likely Saaz or another noble hop, as I get some nectar flavor and aroma. I also get some burnt Anaheim pepper taste, or maybe that's stale pepper heat? This beer finishes with severely burnt toast, and it lingers longer than it's welcome. The feel is slightly more watery than viscous, the finish dry.

I remember liking this on tap a year ago, but the heat is gone and something changed to give a burnt food flavor to it. Definitely not going to try again. I'm confused as to how I should rate it, though. The initial product was good, but aging it made it terrible. Keeping in mind that Stone advocated aging it, I decided not to hold back on the negativity in my rating. After all, this was confused at the get go. Is this a spiced beer, a traditional Belgian, or an American chili beer? Whatever Stone says it is, I say it's not very good. (1,650 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours very hazy amber, thin off-white head.

S- Overpowering spicy chili and a bit of cinnamon.

T- Very similar to the nose. It's basically all chiles. Cinnamon comes in a little on the aftertaste.

M- medium body and medium carbonation, but it is not easy to drink.

O- I don't know, maybe I let this sit for too long. I knew it would be spicy being brewed with Anaheim chilies and cinnamon, but this just obliterated any expectation I had. It is unbelievably spicy. (471 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this fresh...let's see what a year has done.

Pours out a pretty deep amber with ruby hints and 2 fingers of khaki head.

The aroma has some cinnamon in it and roasted chile pepper skin, along with some Belgian yeast characteristics and some toffee/caramel malt notes. A little bit of coriander and orange peel, but it's pretty subtle.

The taste is also more subdued than when it was fresh. The cinnamon is subdued, but more up front than the more mellowed out chile notes. There are toffee and caramel malt notes along with some bready notes. Much sweeter than this initially was because of how the chile notes mellowed out. Fresh, this was much more balanced.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. No taste or smell of alcohol, but there is a slight warming as it goes down.

This was a pretty decent beer fresh, but this has not aged all that well. Not a bad beer, but nothing great either and probably not easy to come by at this point. (970 characters)

Photo of nelsonbeer2001
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark mahogany/burnt orange like. Smell is chilies, cinnamin, dark chocolate and more chilies. Pretty amazing aroma. Taste the chilies at the start. No real alcohol burn and really taste the sweetness with cinnamin. Very drinkable indeed. Not overly carbonated which may have made it a bit nicer in the mouth. The tartness with the chilies and the sweet flavor really work well. (391 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle purchased when first released, in the cellar or 2+ years.
(I bought at least two of each Epic from 8/8 on, drank one and kept the other.)

Poured into a stem glass.

Very hazy amber, plenty of tan head.

Taste starts spicy, the chilies and cinnamon now in perfect balance. A small amount of acrid alcohol, not surprising in a beer of this style, not unpleasant. Nice Belgian funk in the aftertaste.

Very full in the mouth, plenty of carbonation.

Overall, worth the waiting. (496 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (1,797 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  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. (494 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (2,531 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 2011 bottle served 12/28/2012.

Appearance: A deep amber, heavy bubbles on the body when you place it against the light. Orange tinted white head about a notch under a finger's length settling just a bit with even lacing.

Smell: At first sniff you will think this beer deserves more than a four in actuality because of how quick it let's go it basically average. A light yeast/bread scent. I like beers to have deep smell and this one lacks it. Light malts and yeast, VERY light.

Taste: This brew what it lacks in scent it truly makes up for it in taste. Drinking it and then I had realize via website that it is a BSPA is a conflict. It is something special in it's own way. Part IPA, part stout part BPA. It has yeast-chocolate paired with strong bitterness.

Mouth: Though not the smoothest it is well defined. It has a stickiness to it that you will not forget. Medium maybe light carbonation unique bitterness in the end that is priceless.

Overall: Very good...not because I say but because it is. I was fortunate to find a 2011 batch at my local distributor. Thank you Neal and Mike at Superstar Beverage, as this beer is coming to an end; blessing in a glass. Salud! (1,216 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic about a year and one month after it was released. It is a tasty, fruity Belgian ale. The flavours from the grapes are quite strong but not unpleasant.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades quite fast. 4

S: It basically smells like a mixture of white wine and apple cider. Not unpleasant. 4

T: Malty with some residual sweetness. Definitely much grainier than I expected from the smell. Ripe fruit flavours are evident. The alcohol is evident in the aftertaste. 4

M: Lightly carbonated. 3.5

O: 4 (545 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (755 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (628 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (724 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (665 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (457 characters)

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.