Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
02-13-2013 03:10:48 | More by Treebs
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
A: A medium copper with fair amount of chill haze that fades as it warms and is totally expected with a older beer. The head is tan and made of fine bubbles with a decent retention span.
S: A medium aroma reminiscent of sun-dried chili peppers along with a low orange ester and a low malty complexity like that an Old Ale. There is a low alcohol aroma and a touch of spicy phenols. A bit of soy comes out as it warms up.
M: There is an initial orange-like fruitiness with some spice to start with the spice building a bit as you sip. The balance is somewhat sweet with a medium malt sweetness having a little caramel character against a low hops bitterness but the sweetness more countered by the spice and alcohol. The finish is medium-sweet and the aftertaste is spicy and a low fruitiness that reminds me of a Dubbel.
M: A medium bodied beer with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a linger light tingle from the spice but not detracting.
O: An unusual beer that I can appreciate for it's bold approach and balance.
06-26-2013 01:10:44 | More by MadScientist
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.
Pours a dark mahogany with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a thick cap. Fairly mild aromas of caramel malt, bread, cinnamon, and some spice. Not getting the chilies. More sweet, bready malt with a nice dosing of cinnamon. The green chili character comes in about midway on the palate, and gets stronger from there as you drink more. Very green chili-like, kinda like a nice salsa verde. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Overall a unique beer, not bad, but not something I'd drink much of. Perhaps paired with some Fish Tacos this would shine!
01-17-2012 19:05:32 | More by jsanford
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Medium ruby red with a slight brown tint and nice clarity. One and a half finger light tan head with good retention and sticky lacing.
S: Chilies and light cinnamon make a interesting pairing with banana and clove. Don't know if I enjoy it or not. Doesn't smell bad. Some Belgian yeast and maybe a touch of candi sugar.
T: Light caramel and toffee upfront. Chilies and cinnamon, mixed with Belgian yeast and cloves in the middle. Light bitterness. Finishes with cinnamon and a light chili sting. Taste doesn't work like the aroma did.
M: Medium full body. Medium high carbonation. Very creamy.
O: Huh? This beer is kind of all over the place. I'm not a fan of the flavor of the chilies and how they blend with the rest of it. Smell was sorta inviting. Interesting but nothing special.
04-07-2012 08:27:05 | More by doughanson78
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
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured into a goblet
A: Dark amber/light brown also light nice light foam that quickly dissipates.
S: Strong smell of the chiles but also has the smell of olive juice ready for a martini with a small hint of smoke.
T: You really can taste the peppers mixed with smoke while the aftertaste leaves a nice fruity but smoky/hoppy taste in the back of my mouth. The cinnamon really comes out towards the end and is quite pleasant.
M: Lightly carbonated makes it very creamy in the mouth and it goes down smooth.
O: Their seems to be just an imbalance because there are some things i like about this on how smooth it is for being 9.4% the taste is great when i taste the fruitful parts and the cinnamon afterwards. But the lasting smoke flavor is quite off putting while i am drinking it.
12-11-2011 06:08:44 | More by IHyphySF
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
On tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. Served in a unibroue hurricane glass
A - poured with a nice light tan head, about 2 fingers. Crazy good lacing. Beer is a pleasant dark red amber with some haze. Nice looking. Head retention is ok.
S - some dark malt, hint of chiles, not much cinnamon.
T - taste is like a nice dubbel up front, with chiles lingering in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though... And the cinnamon is even further behind. I could imagine a better flavor profile but it's definitely not bad.
M - smooth and creamy. Nice.
O - definitely not a pale... But I get the "Belgian strong" part... I'm happy that this isn't overpowering. Worth trying. Not a must have, but not bad at all.
12-04-2011 21:35:53 | More by olfolxholme
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
A: Fire brick orange pours appears a bright burgundy upon strong backlighting revealing a strong effervesce. A sturdy, bready, khaki colored head sits 2 fingers high with a stubborn rate of retention. Sticky lace coats well on the vessel.
S: The cinnamon sticks really come through on the aroma with sweet toasted malt. The chili not so much. Overall reminds me more of a pumpkin style.
T: Soft chili powder, dry toasted grains and dried apple skins with a subtle alcohol warming open up the flavor. Cinnamon toast, cardamon with a spicy woodsy nature of pine. An unusually combination but actually works well for its wide spectrum of flavors blending rather well.
M: Residual silty maltiness coats the tongue while a backing of active carbonation produces a frothy and creamy texture. A spicy bite of cinnamon and chili laced alcohol comes on the fade.
O: Feels like one part Christmas ale malt and spice wise mixed in with a little pumpkin. Additional heat from the chili will warm you up in a cold setting. A strange twist, but in the end nothing your are going to miss when gone. A try for the curious and notch on the belt for the unordinary beer seeker that has only a average drinkability factor and moderate interest afterwards.
02-24-2012 23:16:34 | More by beerthulhu
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Served in a tulip.
This beer pours a deep red with the slightest amount of haze. There was a khaki head that was around 2 fingers, and it stuck around for a little while. There was a decent amount of lacing. Not much visible carbonation. Overall, it's a decent looking beer.
The first few sniffs reminded me of a bigger Belgian ale - perhaps a Tripel or Quad. There's a nice sweetness to the nose. There is some big dark fruit notes and earthiness as well. The Flanders yeast gives it a Belgian spice character that has nice clove notes and some banana. Surprisingly, I get very little (if any) of the Cinnamon and Anaheim chilli.
The taste matches the nose fairly closely. There is a definite Belgian yeast ester flavor, giving it notes of clove, banana, and black pepper. Big dark fruit flavors come out as it warms. After awhile, the chillies make their first appearance. It's very subtle, just giving it the tiniest bit of warmth. Alcohol is present, but not in a huge way. There is a fruity sweetness that only intensifies as it warms. Like the nose, I don't find any cinnamon at all.
The beer starts off with a decent body, then has a dry finish. The chilli makes the dryness a bit more pronounced. The carbonation is minimal. There is a good amount of warmth from this beer, which comes from both the alcohol and the chilli.
This is an interesting beer. It's sort of like a wacky Belgian-style beer... Well, that's exactly what it is, actually. It doesn't really taste like any other beer I've had, but it's also not that unfamiar. I have no idea how it will age, but I can't wait to find out!
11-30-2011 00:13:08 | More by MaxSpang
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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