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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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Rathakem

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-23-2012 02:56:12 | More by Rathakem
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-06-2011 04:53:22 | More by barnzy78
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bassist286

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-12-2012 01:44:41 | More by bassist286
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JesseLara

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-09-2013 05:41:28 | More by JesseLara
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kornkid8600

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-08-2011 06:55:46 | More by kornkid8600
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cfh64

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-23-2012 19:55:15 | More by cfh64
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Treebs

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:10:48 | More by Treebs
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:10:44 | More by MadScientist
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jsanford

Georgia

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

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 19:05:32 | More by jsanford
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doughanson78

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 08:27:05 | More by doughanson78
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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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IHyphySF

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:08:44 | More by IHyphySF
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olfolxholme

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 21:35:53 | More by olfolxholme
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:16:34 | More by beerthulhu
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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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.

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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.

OVERALL

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!

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:13:08 | More by MaxSpang
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charlzm

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed February 17, 2012 at BoHo, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a clear caramel brown with a modest, splotchy head that has the vaguest tint of yellow.

Aroma is sweet: cane sugar? Traces of wood and a fleeting glimpse of earthy pepper.

Flavor is agreeable enough; powdery Belgian yeast up front, followed by a modest sweetness. The fresh (as in not dried) peppery flavor is back with a trace of spice heat. Low bitterness on finish as pepper note fades away.

Moderately dry on the finish.

More drinkable than I had been led to believe by others who had tried it, but far from a classic. ABV not an issue in flavor, though it sneaked up on me for that very reason.
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Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a murky medium brown with close to zero carbonation.

Aroma is honey sweet, offset by a touch of spicy pepper.

Flavor is sweet malts. Chili flavor is notable, though not intense. A trace of heat and vanishingly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and still.

Drinkability was lower than the fresh version; I guess the carbonation helped move the pepper along when it was fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 17:23:48 | More by charlzm
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Decently see-through red-brown pour with a finger of white head and spotty lacing. I wish the head was a bit more prominent, but the color is very nice.

S: The aroma is very focused on cinnamon, but the chiles are hidden underneath in the form of heat. Underneath I'm getting a lot of caramel malts.

T: The cinnamon is big again on the taste, but I do get more and more heat as the beer warms. Initially I think it's too spicy, but the balance does improve as the temperature increases. Malty underneath, I just wish this was a little better integrated. Perhaps they were going for it to be aged, you think?

MF: The drinkability is not helped by the spice. But the body is nicely medium and carbonated well. It's light and easy drinking, but the spices get to me.

O: Just not a great beer. It's not well put together and just feels disjointed. I'd say either skip it, or age it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:16:50 | More by russwbeck
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a clear dark brown color with a nice off-white head that receded slowly, leaving thin and spotty lacing. Had an aroma of peppers, spices and earthy hops. Taste followed the nose and ultimately, what I really tasted was peppers. There were undertones of sweet malts, spices and floral/earthy hops...but the peppers were so distracting to my palate that I could not enjoy the complexity of this brew. Not really well-balanced.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, but I wouldn't have a whole glass of it simply because of the pepper profile. Just a preference of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 01:26:25 | More by MsRif
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish brown with an ample off whit head with decent retention
S: Smells sweet, fruity and phenolic with a bit of spices and some pepper
T: It starts off with some caramel sweetness, some pepper, a bit of spice and fruityness. Very smooth flavors but none of them are very pronounced. Pepper and spicy yeast character on the swallow. The pepper provides flavor and not heat which is nice.
M: smooth and creamy with slightly prickly carbonation
O: not a bad beer and fairly tasty. I think it smelled better than it tasted but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 07:22:10 | More by SHODriver
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nelsonbeer2001

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:24:03 | More by nelsonbeer2001
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark, caramel brown with a light, beige foam head and resilient bubbles.

S: Spicy jalapeno-like spiciness is coupled with moderate hop bitterness in the aroma, a bit of flora and a sugary sweet reprieve, but it’s mostly spicy.

T/M: For as spicy as the aroma was, you’d anticipate something along the lines of Cave Creek Chili Beer, but this one is pleasingly well balanced. Earthy hops introduce the forefront followed by a mellow tang akin to banana peppers and rich, caramel maltiness. The cinnamon portrays more of a Belgian like spiciness and compliments the rest of the ensemble well.

Everything is well balanced, but it’s still a pepper beer in the end and you have to really enjoy that style. I’d drink it again, but not if choices were more abundant. I wonder what date they’re going to release 12.12.12…

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:15:27 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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nickfl

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:33:08 | More by nickfl
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n2185

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some Belgian spice, candy sugar, and bubblegum aromas at first followed by lots of chili pepper aromas. Cayenne and jalapenos come to mind.

T: Similar to the aroma, some Belgian spice and candy sugar notes at first followed by cayenne and jalapenos. The finish is dry and slightly yeasty.

M: Medium-lowish body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: A unique and decent beer. The chile isn't overwhelming, but I'd like more presence from the Belgian aspects along with a lighter and crisper body.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:32:52 | More by n2185
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crossovert

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle.

It pours a reddish brown with a huge slightly sandy head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is good but the Belgian yest is far too upfront. Underneath the huge blast of yeast is some nice spiciness from the chilies and cinnamon.

The flavor is better. Nice chili flavor though not a ton of spiciness which would have been nice. It tastes like a hot pepper candy with a hint of sugar and fruit. The yeast s a bit more dialed-down in the flavor but still plagues it.

They messed up with the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 16:25:59 | More by crossovert
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear reddish body with a 2-finger off white head that shows good retention and some nice lace.

S- A slight buttery aroma up front, light a pale lager almost. Not too much going on here either way. There's a slight chili burn at the very back end of every whiff along with some banana and clove.

T- Also pretty bland. There's some cinnamon flavor, some banana, and a slight burn which I'm not sure is the ABV or the chilis.

MF- Only a moderate body on this one. Good amount of carbonation keeps it lively, though.

O- Not a bad beer, but not what I think Stone should be putting out. Glad I tried it, but won't again...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:34:02 | More by LtCracker20
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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