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
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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 449 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of Neorebel
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - A darker shade of auburn, with notable carbonation. The initial fluff of head from the pour quickly is reduced to just a thin sliver barely covering the beer below. Lots of carbonation though.

Smell - The aromas springing forth from this are amazing. What comes to mind immediately is fresh pear, apple cinnamon, buttery rolls, maple syrup, and a hint of fresh chili pepper spice. My expectations for the flavor have just been kicked up a notch. As the beer warms up, I'm picking up much more of the chili peppers, as if there literally is hot sauce contained within.

Taste - Before I go any further I have to state that this is actually my first chili beer, and it's proving to be a very interesting and fun experience. I'm glad this one has rested for a year or so. That Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavor comes and goes in a flash, and then one might as well think that the drink is a Bloody Mary. The pear and cinnamon flavor lingers as the icing on the cake.

Mouthfeel - This is a relatively medium bodied beer despite the ABV. It's not very apparent how strong the alcohol content really is. The finish is kind of faint, and eventually I realize its rather dry as well.

Overall - Again, this is one of the most interesting beers I have had... as for a recommendation, I would say if you're not a fan of Bloody Marys, do not buy. Somehow Stone pulls off this Belgian Bloody Mary hybrid though... I like it, and I'm glad I still have another bottle! (1,475 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darker amber color, but is ruby through the light. Minimal filmy off-white head and very little visible carbonation.

Smell: Good malt aroma with some fruit-like sweetness, and a hint of yeast. I think I can get a slight whiff of the peppers.

Taste: Pleasant malt flavor (carramel) up front, which gradually gives way to some cinnamon and mild yeast flavors towards the finish. There's a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. It takes a few sips for the chilies to register, but they add a nice, additional dimension to the taste, and gives it a mildly spicy aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth; very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong ABV but little to no alcohol present in the taste.

I quite enjoyed this one - the yeast was quite mild, and the chilies were a nice touch. (872 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly in Kittery. In a pint glass the beer was a red/orange/brown color with a small tan head.

Sweet malt and spice aroma. Warming in my nose.

The tastes worked well together. Caramel malt and clove. Chile present, warm, pleasant.

I enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top, just a nice melange.

Will drink this again. (339 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 2/2/13
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense dark caramel body with a sticky light tan head and a few random bubbles popping out of the body.

S- The rich caramel aroma has some dried chilies to follow with a soft chili vegetable note that lingered.

T- The nice chili flavor blends with a more full caramel flavor that has some woody cinnamon flavor that pokes through as the beer warms. There is gentle chili warmth that lingers. As the beer opens there is some green herbal chili flavor that comes through softly.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish

O- This beer has a nice caramel malt flavor that is supported by chili and cinnamon. It has just a touch of sweetness making it a nice barleywine with chili and cinnamon. I don’t get any yeast character that would be “Belgian inspired”.

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Drank 2/12/2012
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep slightly dense auburn hue with a bubbly creamy light tan head that last a good bit.

S- The aroma of abbey yeast esters and some dark toasted malt takes on a vegital aroma that turns into poblano chillies as it opens up. There are some nice dark candy notes in the finish that remind me of a nice Dubble.

T- The roasted poblano chilies has a soft warmth that mixes with dry cinnamon and some dark malt hints that are a touch on the sweet side. The finish has a hearty pepper heat and hops bitterness that linger gently after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full fizz and a warm somewhat hided alcohol heat due to the chile heat.

O- The full chili flavor is more vegital with a soft capsican warmth and is very well balanced with a very soft cinnamon quality that I wouldn't have picked up on if it wasn't on the bottle. This beer has a lot of nice qualities of a Dubble with a chili warmth for support. It paired really nice with winter squash and pot roast. Good balance of flavors. (1,953 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A – A nice ruby-brown color. Not crystal clear, but not overtly cloudy either. Thin eggshell-colored head, which faded almost instantly. Moderate lacing.

S – Cinnamon and spice, specifically chiles. I’m also picking up some scent of Belgian sugars/yeast. Maybe a hint of nutmeg?? Smells inviting.

T – Wow! Complex. Like a trappist monk had a baby with a Tijuana whore. Predominant flavor is spice, with cinnamon claming the top spot fading into a mild saltiness from the chilies, which then bring just the slightest amount of heat to the tongue. Balanced by sweet Belgian yeast which brings banana esters to the table that come out even more when it warms. 9.4% abv??? Where is this alcohol they speak of, because you sure can’t taste it here. Slightly metallic/astringent aftertaste. Totally unique and bordering on delicious.

M – Full bodied. Carbonation is just enough so that this beer coats the mouth without becoming too heavy or syrupy. They nailed it here.

O – I thoroughly enjoyed this for its uniqueness if nothing else. Definitely couldn’t drink more than one at a session and I don’t know that I’d rush right out to buy another, but I’m definitely glad I bought this bottle. Not a beer to rush through, but to be savored. I would love to try this after it ages to see how it matures. (1,374 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cinnamon brown with a muted glow capped smallishly to about a finger height with a bone white firm foam that slips off slowly leaving large trace amounts of patchy thin sheeting lace across the goblet.

Soft aroma of malty sweetness thats a bit of bright raisin and date, but dullly set, mixing with some duller bread notes. Lots of bell pepper spice shines through as it warms and brings in a bit of layering to its otherwise plainish malty fruity nose.

Taste brings in much more complexity then what the aroma tends to lead on with, as a much more, well defined peppery chili pepper and bell pepper sweet spicyness percolates the front end and slips off into a tender Belgain fruity breadyness of malty soothingness. Cookie spices of vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger all brim about the edge of some eager fruit bread laced with raisin, starfruit, apricot, and date. What I like most is how it all fits amoungst a firm yet dulled yeastyness that's both earthy dry yet sweetish. Quite a nice taster.

Bold medium body with a wholesome malt backbone promised by earthy dry yeastyness and lots of fun spices mixing about in its malty sweetness.

A wonderful treat of an Ale! Lots of potential for aging with its beefy 9+%. Will be interesting to see what developes as it sits even longer. (1,299 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with an obvious vintage date.

LOOK: Garnet amber color, healthy looking head.

SMELL: Cinnamon stick, Anaheim chilies, golden raisins, candied fruit, toasted grain, boozy alcohol.

TASTE: Cinnamon, mild chili pepper, toasted bread, dusty powdered clove, banana taffy, medicinal phenols, clean alcohol, hop bitterness, treacle, chaotic finish.

Nearly a palate overload, thankfully I prepared for this beer and I guess I am a pro more or less so I can roll with the punches. Flavors come in waves, cinnamon and chili then the Belgo-yeast character and of course the generous handful of hops all surrounded by a well balanced malt backbone. The heat, its from the alcohol ... not the chili. Possibly the most enjoyable Vertical Epic from Stone I have had that was not cellared. (794 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Stone Epic bomber.

Pours medium murky auburn, under a dense darker tan head, that stays a while, before going to a film, collar and low lying sheeting and fine lace.

Cinnamon bounces out of the glass and upon the nostrils, with a hint of mild chili also making itself heard.

Bold and over the top flavorful and complex brew, more cinnamon, Belgian yeasty phenols glaring, chili present but remaining on the calm side. The expected Stone hop load unmistakable in the finish. Smooth on the tongue and coating the entire mouth. I enjoyed every sip especially as it warmed.

Definitely will be picking up more bottles, it will be interesting to see what some time in the bottle adds to the mix. (702 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exquisite and limited ale poured a deep amber, with a nice head of tan bubbles. Couldn't detect lace as I had to drink this out of a shady plastic cup.

Anyway, I got some spice on the nose, but more of the chilies rather than the cinnamon. Nice.

Flavor is strong and heavy, with hints of the chilies (but not spicy as in heat) swirled up with some bittersweet cocoa vibes. What an interesting collision of flavors here. Quite unusual and very impressive. Really enjoyed this one. (487 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with a more than obvious vintage date. This is my first beer in the series of Vertical Epic beers that Stone did, although I will review the Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale soon enough, to see how they compare.

Due to the lack of a snifter, I'm pouring this into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour manages to conjure a finger of tan off-white foamy head on top of a dark cherry / chestnut colored body. Some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Virtually no lacing on the glass. Second pour yields an entirely different, darker, hazier, dark orange / brown hybrid color, with massive amounts of dark and light sediment floating around.

S - At first, what is more apparent is the Belgian yeast and funk. As the head dissipates, herbal spice rack notes begin to emerge, not cinnamon, almost more like oregano or thyme. Very strange, it must be the chile smell. Also a sweetness buried in there, which could also be from the Anaheim chiles. Faint muted hops come through, as well. As the beer warms, dark fruit smells begin to emere; plum, fig, & raisin with some nutty wine-like characteristics.

T - Taste is very pleasing at first, thankfully not overly hot with chiles and spice. What little heat there is can be attributed to the alcohol. Taste is of caramelized malts and tea leaf like sweetness, with a fair amount of lively carbonation, and a warm finish, which I assume is from the chiles. Aftertaste is of brettanomyces. I am actually really enjoying this. Again, not really getting any distinct cinnamon out of this, though. As the beer warms, the bretty aftertaste fades, giving way to a sweet tea leaf finish & sticky hop presence, with a faint subtle warmth from the chiles.

M - Feel is sweet, lightly bitter, light hotness. Ends somewhat sticky & dry, beckoning the palate for another sip.

Overall, having no prior knowledge of any of the other beers in this series, I would say that this is a good worthy beer, considering this beer was aged for year and a half, and also considering I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian style ales. I would definitely be interested in seeing how others in this series have held up, and I will be getting myself a bottle of Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale soon, to see how that one fares as well. In the meantime, if you're holding down a bottle of this, I would recommend opening it now!

Stone 11.11.11. Vertical Epic Ale ---4/5. (2,412 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white head with pretty good retention and leaves a thick lace around the edge of the snifter
S-cinnamon, chili, dark fruit like plums and black cherry
T-cinnamon and fruit up front with the chili peppers coming in the finish along with a bit of bitterness
M-medium to medium-full
O-very unique brew. Should have bought a bottle to try when it was first released in order to compare. Still very interesting and complex. (455 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, stingy beige head shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet candy sugar, spicy yeast esters, coriander, some kind of pie spices like nutmeg or all spice, there's a hint of red pepper in the aroma, but I can't find the cinnamon. Taste is sweet fruity and sugary up front, then the yeast takes over a bit before slowly expressing some pomme fruits, a dry spice character, red pepper flavor with a hint of heat. Finishes a bit sweet with a lingering candy sugar sweetness and a touch of heat. Moderate to high level of carbonation, medium body with a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Lots of stuff going on here. I would have liked a bit more pepper, but its just the same. (786 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- From appearance, I wouldn't call it a pale ale, but that'st just me. More of a red color with a one finger off white head that has just a thin slick of retention.
S- The aromas I'm picking up are much more prevalent on the cinnamon side than the chile side. The chiles are there but it's a minor undertone, rather than a big aroma, and I think that's proper. The Belgian yeast is noticable, but the aroma is first and foremost cinnamon.
T- More complex and varied on the tongue. The first thing I pick up is cinnamon again, but there is a light peach/pear flavor coming from the yeast strain. The chilis are noticable in the finish as just a slightly warming prickly sensation.
M- Medium light body. Carbonatin is low and a fairly long finish.
O- I can admit when I'm wrong. When they announced the nature of this year's Epic, I had low expectations. I was wrong. Is it my favorite beer or favorite from Stone? No. But it's a quality beer that finds balance in disparate ingrediants. (986 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-11-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Picked up a couple of these; one to share on 11-11-11 and one to taste and review in more detail.

Color is a dark, reddish-brown, clear in the glass. The tan head of 1 finger has a fair amount of retention. Lacing is good.

Very interesting nose, with lots of spices - cinnamon especially. There is a light chili pepper aroma, as well as a sweetness of light fruits. Did not really pick up any hop aroma.

Taste features chili heat and flavors, but is not overpowering. Malty and spicy, with red and black pepper and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, I wouldn't have guessed this has 65 IBUs. I didn't really pick up much in the way of Belgian yeast flavors. Beer tastes more flavorful as it approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium carbonation level. I get a good warming from the alcohol. The finish is dry with more of the chilies in the aftertaste.

A different and intriguing beer. I'd drink it again, but if I bought one I'd probably want to wait and try it after a year of cellaring. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Mt Rose Quick 6, enjoyed from a Duvel tulip chilled.

The color is deep bronze with light haze and thick medium tan cap with nice lace ringing the glass. Crimson when held to the light and bead is small. Smell is peppery with a chili pepper earthy scent and slight hint of chocolate malt with light cinnamon woody odor with light toasted grain accent. The feel is very good with dry bready and slight spicy blend with a hint of warmth from the peppers. The mild bitterness works with gentle carbonation that gives a creamy texture along with the mild oily element from the chilies. There is a toasty tinge in the body with semi-dry spiced finish but moderately low alcohol impact in general.

The flavor has a dry toasted malt taste followed by a spice flavor from the chilies with a light nutty woody cinnamon coming in last. There is a nice supporting hop flavor which adds to the peppery and woody notes. The chilies give a mild heat and vegetal taste to the buds with subtle yeast coming in low in the flavor threshold. I like the malt which supports well, but never really comes forward in the taste, just dry and toasty. The date like sweet accent is ther in the back with earthiness and mild alcohol beginning to become more evident in the last sips. The warmth is there near the end of the glass with tinge of fruitiness from the chilies and yeast brings out more spice in the fairly dry final taste.

Overall I really liked this compared to what I expected it to taste like. A good beer that would go well with a meal possibly a roast. I like the chili which is not that strong but does add a little heat which is pleasant. The subtle spicing is enough to makes this a very drinkable beer to me and I feel it is a well made brew. I enjoyed the chance to try this. (1,796 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color. slight haze. tan/golden head. good retention. good lacing.

slightly peppery aroma. ok label reveals the presence of chilies and cinnamon. both can be detected in the aroma though the cinnamon is subtle. malty caramel aroma. no hops.

that is quite a funky flavor. malt flavor upfront. then spicy chili blended with cinnamon and it finishes with a subtle hop flavor and crisp hop bitterness.

medium body. i would guess they used adjuncts to get a beer of this abv with such a light body. it works very well. nice balance. very drinkable. smooth but a crisp refreshing finish.

the reason i dont give the taste a higher score is that it is too strange. not that i cant handle a 'strange brew,' but the cinnamon AND chillies is a bit too much for my taste. also the label says this beer is meant to be aged till after 12.12.12. personally i cant see the flavor of this beer developing much in that time. although on second thought the flavor of the chillies might mellow and sweeten in that time so maybe ill give it a try. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a medium clear mahogany with a tan creamy head building about one finger high. Retention is good as well as lacing on the glass.
The smell is very unique, with the Anaheim chilies certainly leaving their mark, as well as the belgium yeast.
Tasting the beer, up front are the chilies in a very complimenting gentle way. In the middle the clove and banana notes add to the palette. Yeast and and some citrus hops give balance. The finish is malt and cinnamon which lingers on the tongue quite a while.
This medium bodied beer is certainly unique! For me it was a great pleasure tasting it, and I will buy another one for aging in my cellar. Great job! (665 characters)

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First vertical epic and first beer brewed with chili.

Pours a nice amber redish color with a 3/4 finger head. The smell, to me at least, was a hoppy almost spicy smell with a touch of cinnamon at the end. The taste I think is the highlight of this beer. I think a hoppy, spicy version of big red bubble gum when drinking it. The heat left on the palate was also a highlight. Being a fan of spicy food this was a pleasant way to finish a sip of this beer. Overall a very nice beer. If it's at your local store grab one. (520 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a deep reddish amber, more like a BSDA really. A crown of beige foam rises to the top of the tulip and leaves some thick dollops of lacing as it recedes down to about a quarter inch. Pretty in the glass.

Aroma-Again, more like a BSDA in aroma with the associated dark fruitiness complementing the Belgian yeast. The cinnamon is apparent on the nose as are the chilis, though faint.

Taste-Very apparent spice right up front with the cinnamon and chilis showing distinct flavors, the Belgian yeast complements with its own spicy/estery nature. Plenty of dark maltiness mid palette forming a blanket for all that spice to rest on, typical Stone heavy-handed hops abound but they're far from the focal point. Finishes dry with notes of cinnamon and some slight chili 'heat.' Very unique.

Mouthfeel-Very plush and luscious mouthfeel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall-Quite a unique brew, I'd order this if I ever saw it on tap; one of my favorites of the Vertical Epic series. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Vanpoozler
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours rusty amber, pretty appealing, and surprising considering this is a Belgian base.

S - The chili hits me first, then the Belgian sweetness, then a faint trace of the cinnamon. Overall the mingle together into something that quite remarkable, in my opinion. As I continue to drink the bomber, more banana becomes prevalent.

T - Tastes like a very solid Belgian brew. The chili and cinnamon are faint, but still detectable. Maybe this is something that will change with age. The sweetness is not over the top like with some Belgian brews. There's more banana taste as the beer warms. I'm looking forward to having this again next year.

M - Carbonation is just right, doesn't overwhelm but is still very intriguing.

O - This is a pretty outstanding brew right now, and I can only see it getting better. I like it significantly more than when I first tried the 10.10.10. I know that might seem like an odd comparison but it's the only other Vertical Epic I've had. I'd definitely recommend picking up at least two. (1,025 characters)

Photo of mjgarrett2
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You really can smell and taste the Anaheim chilies up front with the cinnamon presence on the nose. Struggling to appreciate any cinnamon flavor, where I mostly taste the chillie and special yeasts.

An interesting and whimsical beer on the whole from a brewery who have the tradition of smacking you in the face with bold hopped up monsters. (343 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, the last Vertical Epic release before the big day, the last one to have any aging on it,

A: Pours a deep amber to red with a full off-white head, with good retention and lace.

S: Clear chile nose, reminds me of fajitas.

T: Nice malt flavour, noticable cinnamon, but the chiles come in early and take over. They work well with the base beer and allow some fruitiness to come in at the finish.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, nice long aftertaste with a bit of heat. Not the hottest beer I've had for sure, capsaicin-wise.

O: Another quality Vertical Epic, I will certainly be interested in seeing how much heat is left when I open this exactly 13 months to the day today.

December 2012 Edit - Still has a lot of chiles in the nose. Much more subtle overall in it's flavour. Very soft and delicate. A nice drink, but I believe it was better fresh. (858 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Stone's World Bistro on the release date, the review is from my notes.

Poured a hazy, murky amber brown with a one finger light beige head that faded quickly with light lacing.

Aroma of yeast, malt and some spice.

Taste started slightly sweet with caramel followed by clove and ending with some warmth from the chilli peppers.

Mouth Feel was medium body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth yet slightly sticky.

Overall chilli peppers work well with this beer, they were present yet not over whelming. This is a very nice pale ale.

I also had the opportunity to have a glass drawn from the cask, the chiles were more dominate, making it slightly warmer. (678 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showed up at my local last week, not as bad as I was thinking considering the cinnamon and Anaheim chilies additions. Not very pale, more of a deep russet ruby like color going on with tan head forming thick, body slightly clouded with minimal yeast suspension floating. Head forms nice full intricate layered lacing levels. Really nice beer poured into my Stone RIS chalice that has somehow survived almost ten years of beer drinking. The cap reads a malt advocate magazine quote..."Stone Brewing defines the American craft brewing spirit", I'll agree with this since they have been one of the early trendsetters and continue to release things that break trends like their West Coast mild. I'm amazed that the Anaheim chilies don't flame me out either in my nares or the palate. Aroma has a great spectrum of fruit layers (apple/raisins) heavily ripened with natural sugars, like an earthy dubbel glazed with cinnamon spice and a full peppery finish. The first sip provides a wave of juicy caramelized malts and ripened fruit (prunes/dates/cherry)...with some spicy/hatch chilie pepper/spicy cinnamon stick ground bitterness in the finish. Not much heat as I mention spicy it really is well blended and doesn't kill the palate. A bit of astringency creeps in as a nutty/earthiness possibly from the yeast or the pepper seeds that really sets the smooth malt ride off it's path of glory. Complex interesting ale with sturdy smooth creamy carbonation and medium bodied ale with enough texture and dry finish to make it approachable with each sip. Overall Stone continues to make a more balanced chilie beer than I've tasted thus far, that's comparing a handful of experiences from Left Hand, Wynkoop, Rogue, Crazy Ed, and Great divide. (1,734 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (602 characters)

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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