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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

1,465 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 431 | FT: 21
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Twig2848, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

briiguy, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dtx00, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Orange
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Orange, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Lanstrum
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lanstrum, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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

vandemonian, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JALIEN, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

deuce9259, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

stephens101, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kew, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Yesdog, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

jrcmlc, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ber12, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Hopswagger, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

pixieskid, Dec 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

SaxmanRick, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

VinnyA, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

RebornStussy, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mattkoon
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

mattkoon, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kubrickx, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.