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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,401 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1401
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%


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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a fairly clear amber color with some reddish hues. Thinner beige head fades out leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Some spicy notes in the nose with a light caramel sweetness. The chilies and cinnamon pretty much dominate here.

Somewhat sweet and spicy up front with a kick from the cinnamon. Light caramel and bready notes towards the middle with some yeasty funk. Finishes with some residual heat from the chilies.

Medium body, decent carbonation, warm on the tongue and throat from the chilies. This felt pretty one note to me. Yeah, I got the cinnamon and chilies, which was kind of cool, but not a whole lot else.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 15:55:23 | More by xnicknj
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always stoked for a new Vertical Epic...like many others, I was skeptical but intrigued about this one.

Pours into my Portsmouth tulip a very dark amber, beige head starts at about a finger eventually turning to a ring and slight cap. A bit of lace left.

Nose is interesting, certainly big Belgian yeast, clove and banana, but peppers and some smoke are there and well-blended. Reminds me a bit of chili powder.

Taste is similar, delivers what the nose promises and more. Big Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana and clove with a nice earthy pepper feel. Maybe a tiny bit spicy but it showcases the actual flavor of the peppers much more than the heat. Some dark fruit and caramel. Slightly medicinal. Cinnamon, maybe?, it doesn't stick out like the peppers.

Usual spot-on Stone mouthfeel, carbonation is medium-low, drinks smooth, booze is pretty well hidden. Like noted before it is a bit medicinal but it's not really a bother for me here.

Better than I expected, I can see why others may hate but I thought this was quite good, the peppers are integrated nicely without being over the top. A bomber solo is a bit of a haul, but it's quite drinkable considering.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:29:34 | More by Chico1985
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a dark amber color; pour forms a tan colored head, about one finger in size; reddish hue rings around the edge of the beer; good lacing formed

S - Brown sugar; chili peppers; faint smell of cinnamon; biscuit and bread malt scents

T - Slightly sour; malt biscuit taste followed up with a semi-sweet taste of cinnamon with a twist of chili; chili flavors are great and linger for quite a bit; chili residue sticks to the lining, gums and lips and gets "re-activated" every time you lick'em

M - Chili covered aftertaste; smooth medium body; slightly spicy

D - Acquired taste; might be a bit weird if you haven't tried this before; I expected more spice with the chili in there, but I will give the brewer props for making the cinnamon flavor just right; good taste and unique

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:11:12 | More by ferrari29
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip.

A: a deep/bright red body. relatively clear. reddish/white head has O.K. retention and lacing. not exactly a 'pale' body but i dont think this brew would have an exact category on any website.

S: right off the bat, you can definitely smell the cinnamon. not overbearing, but certainly there. maybe a little spicy-ness from the chilies but it also could just be from the cinnamon.

T: more of the belgian components come across on the palate. a floral yeast flavor brings out a banana and pear-like fruitiness. citrus too. not sure if it is from an american hopping or the yeast. you can taste the cinnamon as well. sort of a strong, subdued christmas ale. sweetness mixed with a little bit of heat lingers on the finish.

M: a relatively mild carbonation on a very full body.

D: the anaheim chilies are the largest stretch as far as nose and flavor are concerned. a little hard for me to smell and taste. otherwise a solid brew. excited to see how my cellared bottle develops over time. not sure if it will bring out any more chili flavor, but potentially.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:56:24 | More by Jimmys
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pleasewearpants

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber color with slight beige head. Aroma is interesting - light chile kinda darts around a more present alcohol/caramel smell. Taste is really fun. Chile hits first but not at all in a spicy way. Vegetal and fresh. Backed by a nice caramel malt body yet never overpoweringly sweet. Transitions then to a bitter/cinnamon finish. Alcohol is concealed very well - really easy to drink. Prickly mouthfeel from bright carbonation. Really looking forward to 12-12-12 and the impending message board war about the guy selling his vertical collection for $10000. It's just beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 01:35:13 | More by pleasewearpants
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scottfrie

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a large thick light tan head that slowly faded into a thick quarter inch layer leaving streaks of patchy lacing down the glass.
S: Light nose on this one. I get notes of golden fruits, Belgian yeast, pears and a bit lemon, earthy hops and raisins. The cinnamon comes through nicely and the chili is roasted smelling, tingly to my nose, and thankfully just barely detectable.
T: Sweeter than I expected. The Belgian yeast comes through prominently followed by fruity flavors of raisins and pears. The finish has flavorful cinnamon and hops, and the aftertaste is sugary and has a light ‘chili’ flavor. There isn’t really any spicy heat to this beer, but I do get a little bit of lingering tingling on my lips after each swallow.
M: Soft but ample carbonation, full mouthfeel from all the bubbly carb, and a thick and airy body.
O: I could see how this is a love it or hate it beer but I actually thought it was pretty good. Very creamy with good clean flavors. Say what you will but I thought this was well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 01:21:57 | More by scottfrie
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samie85

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a garnet color with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S-A bit of bubblegum and clove esters with some cinnamon and smoky peppers on the finish.

T-Dry, clove-y notes with some caramel, cinnamon, and very light spicy pepper notes.

M-A little cloying at first but it dries out quite a bit at the finish from the cinnamon and yeast esters; full side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I don't think I'd try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:38:01 | More by samie85
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pour clear brown with a light brown or dark tan head that laces a small amount.
S: first is a very obvious pepper flesh aroma, along with cinnamon, clove.
T: overall pepper flesh with malt sweetness and very little if any pepper heat. Cinnamon is an odd but nice touch, along with a yeasty clove.
M: not thick, but does linger around for awhile.
O: really good simple yet complex, wonder what a year of age will do.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:17:32 | More by rootbeerman
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 02:56:43 | More by dtivp
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madeofsteel

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one a few weeks ago, and it didn't seem right cracking it for no good reason, so why not Turkey Day?

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip, the bottling date is readily apparent. Pours a deep, deep red, easily mistaken for some brown, but it's definitely dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan head dissipate quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and cinnamon are up front, with just slight hoppiness in the back.

T - The hops are a lot more noticeable in the initial taste, more than the smell, but the malts are not to be ignored, with a definite caramel taste. Chilies are present, but not in the way you might think. More in the flavor than heat, and the cinnamon is just there enough to bring it all into focus. Pretty sweet for a chile style.

M - Sweet, dry finish with some noticeable alcohol burn. None of the stuff you'd expect from the chilies.

O - I expected a lot more heat from this beer, but it makes up for it with character and flavor. Certainly worth a turn of the head while it's still around.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:55:55 | More by madeofsteel
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a really dark ruby red color if not almost a brown color. Head is a tannish color and its fairly foamy. Has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- First thing I'm picking up is the Beligan yeast. Followed by the cinnamon, a mild chili pepper, and herbal hops.

T- Bready malts, spices and yeast are what really jump out at me. A touch of pepper, and hops are here too. A bit of heat from the alcohol is also present. As this one warmed up I found it much easier to drink.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- This one is alright. I probably won't pick up another one. I supposed the next time I have this one is when I tackle the veritcal.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:23:57 | More by nrbw23
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beertunes

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany color with just a thin cap of of off-white head that no retention or lacing.

The aroma was very spicy and yeasty with just a bit of underlying grain showing through. The taste was very similar, just a lot bigger and bolder. Grain was the base with that funky comb of spice and yeast dominating the tongue.

The body was good, somewhere less than full yet more than medium. Drinkability was good, if the distinct taste suits your palate, but I probably wouldn't have two in row. Overall, this beer is hard to describe, which explains why this review is so vague. This a must try when you see it, and maybe you'll be able to describe better than I can.

After looking at a few other reviews, I didn't pick up any of the chiles or cinnamon other reviewers mentioned. Certainly a unique beer, but I don't think it will age well, I suggest drinking it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 19:05:06 | More by beertunes
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jds619

California

2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark red that is unusual but interesting. The aroma is a slight cinnamon sweetness with belgian yeast and chiles. At this point it is intriguing.

However, the flavor is all chiles up front that finishes with a merging of belgian yeast, chiles and just the slightest cinnamon which is barely detectable. The merging of the flavors is really more of a crashing, as they do not blend well together at all. They create a harsh aftertaste that is not enjoyable. I have another that I will age, hopefully the flavors work themselves out over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:05:39 | More by jds619
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Deep reddish orange in color under a fluffy and frothy snow white head. No lacing, and clearly well-carbonated, this is obviously a pretty decent appearance for a Belgian-styled offering.

The aroma is caramel, hints of toffee, and lots of phenolic pepper and clove. There are undertones of Big Red gum (very subtle) and just a hint of chili spice. The flavor is similar, with the Belgian aspects of the beer dominating early on. The little bit of chili spice comes through as I roll the beer around my palate. Cinnamon is not present nearly at all. Heat lingers for a second or two, then goes. I would like to see this a bit more evident, since it is part of the marketing of the beer.

Nice alcohol and phenolic warmth mingle on the palate as a beer with lively carbonation tingles my tongue. Solid for the most part, I am hoping that the chilis and cinnamon come around with time, since I think that they really could add a lot to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:35:50 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep red/orange pour with great clarity and a half inch of bubbly white foam atop the brew. Looking good. Aromas start off with caramel, fruity tones and lots of yeast phenolic notes. Cinnamon and a touch of vegetal chili pepper, but it is rather mellow.

Sweet caramel mixing in with dark fruits. Big phenolic Belgian yeast with lots of clove, banana and spice. Cinnamon definitely makes it presence known along with a touch of chili pepper. Flows down with more sweetness and a slight hint of heat. Yeast lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch slick with good carbonation. Goes down pretty easy considering the ABV. Overall, it doesn't really all come together for me...the sweetness with the chili and forward yeast. Was hoping for a touch more heat / chili flavor as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:44:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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HopHearted

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice dark ruby amber. Very little lacing on the glass.

S- BAM chilies right outta the gate. Smells a bit green but the cinnamon comes on the back making it rather pleasant.

T- Pretty good. The chili and cinnamon really play nicely together. Cloves are very evident on the palate, but finishes off with a boozy banana

M- Very effervescent. A bit bubbly but calms down after being the glass and warming a bit. The warmer it gets the boozier and more astringent but still tap dances across the tongue pressing you to drink just another sip to keep the beat going

Overall- This needs to sit about a year to mellow a bit and come together. Very good but a little astringent due to the age. Would be really good with something like ribs or beef.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:45:29 | More by HopHearted
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bring out your glass sleepers, so this ruby colored ale can take you to the ball! Great lace on the side of the glass from very light brown and tightly bubbled head. Great nose that's not overpowering--smells citrus, lemon, anise, light cherry and pepper, plus floral notes all floating on top of a caramel, bready malt and subtle yeast. Slight sour note underneath that doesn't assert itself against a moderate hotness from the 9.4% ABV. Hops listed online are Warrior, Target, Perle and Pacific Jade. Complex nose that drew in my love of spice accented beers. Hop punch is distinct but not biting. Hop blended with continued anise and fruit rise above the lighter mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent and pleasant as well. Falls nicely off the back of the tongue with a slight sour bitterness.

The very small print on the side of the bottle says that the beer was brewed with cinnamon sticks, Anaheim chilies and Belgian Flanders Golden Ale yeast. Guessing the peppers are accounting for the full and complex spice notes along with the cinnamon. Yeast is said to throw off banana and clove, which I can smell now that I'm paying attention to it specifically.

Good beer and worth the effort to go find. Buy an extra bottle or two to save for next year's vertical tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:25:42 | More by FightingEntropy
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yankeej13

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had only one bottle left on the shelf is it was a must buy.

A- Pours out a nice light amber orange like color. Has a light or soft amount of carbonation that quickly fades. Almost caramel like color.

S- Sad to say I had a stuffy nose when I smelled it so didn't get its full potential. I got a mild hint of cinnamon and a good hint of the chilies.

T- It has a fantastic well balanced flavor between the chilies and the cinnamon. Each mouthful I got a different amount of each, once my tastebuds started to work. Had a nice sweet start that finished with a malty chili taste. Left your mouth a mystery cause there was a note of something that I couldn't really pick up on what it really was.

M- Had great drinkability, even though it was a higher alcohol content it was nice a smooth. Great balance, nothing was overwelming. Nice sweet finish.

Overall- I really really enjoyed it alot. I would of liked to have just a tad bit more chilies but other than that, it was a fantastic brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:24:32 | More by yankeej13
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a reddish tint. Two fingers of head forms and settles to a thin film. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma mostly of cinnamon and chile. More subtle hints of pale fruit. The combination is sort of a woodsy, earthy smell.

The mild chiles comes through strongly. Then comes the cinnamon. Not sure it is a combination that really works. The Belgian nature of the beer comes in slowly and weakly. Alcohol is detectable but is not distracting.

On the fuller side of moderate. Nicely carbonated.

I understand these Vertical Epic beers are best to be aged. Not sure what aging would improve in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:08:00 | More by morimech
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MrTopher

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into Stone Vertical Epic tasting glasses.

A – Pours a rich bronze color, has a decent 1-2 finger light brown close to tan head, this has some pretty impressive lacing also.

S – The spices come forward first on this, get mostly heated spices and then a little sweet spices. Then the sweetness of some malt and a little yeast character dances on the edges of the whole experience.

T – Interesting beer to say the least; has a decent malt sweetness, a little spice characters come forward (heated and sweet) and then you get this rush of heat which isn’t similar to the spice character, lastly you get a little earth character from I would guess the yeast. The heat is mild but present, just layers this beer well. Its perfectly balanced and not overly done.

M – Very medium, which I find most all Stone beers to be and I don’t really complain about. The carbonation is present and isn’t overly aggressive or submissive.

O – Decently surprised by this, my favorite VE of the series I don’t think so, but interesting and will be nice to see how this develops between now and next year. Would like to experience this on draft to see if the peppers and cinnamon are more present.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 19:05:03 | More by MrTopher
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very little lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chilis, hops, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of chilis, some yeast, hops, malt coriander, cinnamon, and some other spices. This beer was a bit on the thin side, especially in the finish. Definitely an uneven flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I was not as much a fan of this beer as I was with the other Vertical Epics I've tried. It's a very uneven brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 18:40:37 | More by avalon07
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Read chilies on the label and knew i needed to try it.

Appearance:
Really vibrant red-orange with a thin beige head. It's crystal clear with no sediment. Very crisp and refreshing-looking beer.

Smell:
Holy amazing chilies. This is the most pungent chili beer I've ever smelled, and it re-inspires me that it's possible to make a beer that showcases the pepper instead of trying to mask it. Complementing the pungent peppers is a spicy Belgian yeast and biting alcohol. Absolutely amazing.

Taste:
This is an incredibly balanced beer. There are initial notes of chilies and sweetness followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. I am assuming that part of the strong spice component to this beer is the cinnamon. It's like all the warmth of a mexican hot chocolate...without the chocolate.

Mouthfeel:
This isn't a spicy beer, but there is still a strong spice component. Maybe I'm just very tolerant to spice since others say that there is a slight burning in the back of the throat.
The beer is approximately medium-bodied and loaded with alcohol. Terrific to pair with a chocolate dessert!

Overall:
Well priced and widely available, what more could you ask for? I wasn't wowed by the 10.10.10, but this beer is phenomenal! I would love to try pairing this with some spicy mexican dishes and praise the muse that inspired Stone to produce this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:32:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a thick lightly tan head that leaves good lacing. Darker than I was expecting for a BSPA.

S- Has all the characteristic aromas for a BSPA with some clove, light fruits and spices. However, I can also pick out the peppers and cinnamon sweetness as well but I'm not sure I could if I didn't know they were used during the brewing process.

T- Wow, the chili peppers certainly show themselves right away. The peppers don't seem to show any appreciable heat but they definitely add a "green" vegetal like flavor that doesn't contrast too harshly with the base beer (although personally I would have left them out all together). Still has a nice sweet fruity finish with banana and caramel coming through with a touch of alcohol. Not picking up as much cinnamon in the flavor when compared to the nose.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinks pretty easy for 9.4%

O- Overall a pretty solid beer. Chili peppers aren't really my thing but I don't think they took anything away from this beer. Not sure what age will do to this one, but I look forward to trying it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:35:55 | More by projectflam86
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dcloeren

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Petrol Station in Houston, review from notes.

Poured a hazy burnt amber with no head.

Cinnamon, bananas, clove and chiles make up the aroma. Very interesting. The chiles give it a certain Sex Panther quality... stings the nostrils (in a good way).

Taste follows the nose for the most part... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles dominate the palate. Cinnamon and bananas right of the back with the chiles making up the back end. This beer is complex as all hell. The flavors are all very distinct but they work extrememly well together. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with a copious amount of carbonation.

I will admist that this is the absolute worst sounding beer I've ever had... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles sound like a clusterfuck of a beer but this beer makes it work. Just like an onion, this beer has some serious layers and they are all delicious

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 22:41:08 | More by dcloeren
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy big head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, clear but small sediment ruby reddish brown color.

Nose light booze and esters, reddish malts, quite malty, sweet candy and caramel, toffee, lots of sweetness, hint of a chili and cinnamon like spice, and a definite pepper.

Taste a light pepper comes out first, light heat with chili pepper, sweet malts, lots of reddish malts, caramel, candy syrup, fairly sweet which balances the light spice well. Light cinnamon in there as well. Light esters and fruit with a hint of booze. Later towards the finish is a slight earthy herbal like hop kick with some light bitterness. Finishes with a bit more light heat and touch spicy pepper flavor, touch of heat on the back of the throat, quite sticky and bit sweet, more caramel and light cinnamon all linger.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, lower but decent enough carb, bit syrupy.

Overall very interesting, they hit the heat level almost right with maybe just a touch more of a kick would make it perfect, not a huge pepper bomb, and nice sweet balance with touch of hops. Lots of interesting flavors, and fairly drinkable. The only qualms I have are that its a bit syrupy and a bit light on carb.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 12:53:52 | More by jlindros
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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