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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

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 434 | FT: 20
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 +6.7%

TastyIsBeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that I reviewed this last year but I guess I didn't. Anyways poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a three finger thick tan head which has mid retention and this completely dissipates. The smells are of cinnamon, chili, dark ripe fruit, Belgian sugar. The feel is medium to thick, tingly on the tongue. The taste is good enough, dark ripe fruit, sugar, cinnamon and a some nice green chili.

DavidST, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

atr2605, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

beerhan, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of TripsRight
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

TripsRight, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hanzo, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

TubbyDullard, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of HerculesRM
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. I may have served it too cold.

A: Murky brown with a hint of amber, cloudy.

S: It has a very clean smell, but that's part of the problem. Not much fragrance to speak of.

T: Underwhelming. The chilis and cinnamon are weak, and I had to use my imagination to detect them at all, very slight spice. Slight alcohol taste. Decent malt profile.

M: Somewhat thick, appropriate for this gravity.

O: Overall a bit of a disappointment, though not a bad beer. It may have been better had I served it a bit warmer. I have a second bottle that I intend to cellar for a while, and I may update my review.

HerculesRM, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3/5  rDev -20%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating other than the 11.11.11

A= Pours a thick looking hazy dark amber brownish color with a thin finger of active bubbly head on it that holds little retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a deep cinnamon aroma with deep rich belgian candy and dark malts. It has a bit of an over ripe pear aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T= The taste is actually quite nice. I was initially worried about the chili in it but the chili is very light offering only a vegetative quality to it. The cinnamon comes through as well as touches of belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. It has a nice sweet malt character similar to that of an irish amber or something of the sort. The finish offers just a touch of the chili.

M= Lower carbonated.

O= This is a solid beer for something I figured I would hate. It works. The chili is light in it and that may have something to do with the age. It's complex enough to keep ya guessing. Check this beer out if you can find it. It's worth looking at.

jjanega08, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

SadMachine, Dec 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bigbankhank, Dec 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

mrebeka, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of camiverson34
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber-red color minimal lacing, but retains slight carbonation throughout.

Smell - The Chili and cinnamon are sharp at the beginning with a hint sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel that round out the spices.

Taste - Flavor of Anaheim Chile without the spicy burn that were present when it was young followed by a lingering sweetness with just a hint of cinnamon and caramel. Although the alcohol is present, it is well hidden by the spices.

Mouthfeel - Minimal carbonation. Coats the tongue with a syrupy texture that lasts for a minute or more, and has a slight burn at the end that one would expect from the spices.

Overall - I've had this beer a couple of times over the last year, and this is the best it's been. Previously the spiciness of the chili overpowered the subtleties of the sweetness of the beer. The cinnamon, although very mild, provides a unique spice counter to the heat of the chili. Good balance, and although it's ready to drink now, I think it will improve even more with time.

Well done Stone!

camiverson34, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sgoro, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for procuring this treat. Was super stoked to finally crack this brew alongside my BA bro!

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red with a thumb of big bubbled off-white head, decent retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is complex, the Belgian notes are prominent with the cloves, yeast esthers and cinnamon coming through alongside the chili pepper notes and a subtle earthy citrus hop.

T - Widely ranging on the palette, started off with the cloves and cinnamon notes, dark fruit notes, earthy plums and fig newtons. The chili flavours come through on the finish offering up a unique earthy chili oil resin flavour. Hints of bitter earthy citrus hops and some muddled caramel also linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Well worth the wait, and definitely a unique brew. If you're a fan of chili beers, you'll certainly appreciate the flavour this brew brings to the table. The ABV has mellowed and is incredibly well hidden, offering up only a touch of heat. The cinnamon complements the chilies nicely and the flavours tend to become more robust as the brew warms. A worthy brew indeed!!

andrenaline, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After staring at this bottle the past year in my fridge, its finally time! Waited a little longer than the 12-12-12 date to coordinate a online tasting together with my BA in crime andrenaline. STOKED!
A - poured into a tall tulip, itsa murky purple brown hue, two finger of head settled at a solid cover, very consistent lace ring
S - big dark Belgian fruity aromas of candied plumb and raisin, some bready yeast, then the chilli builds and keeps building, and is then met by cinnamon to produce a big sweet and spicy finish
T - plumb and pear fruitiness with some yeasty funk opens it up, quickly turns to a sweet heat chili flavour with an oily aspect, just a hint of a boiled veggie flavour that seems to be part of the deal with most chili beers but its light and passes quickly, the cinnamon adds a sweet and spicy aspect that also brings out the chili heat a little more, finishes with some light peppery hop notes and a bready quality, and just a touch of chili lasting way late in the finish
M - big and rich with less than medium carbonation, creamy and super smooth throughout with the chili heat just lingering late in the finish as you have more sips, i didn't try it upon purchase but i'd imagine the ABV has mellowed significantly as you would never guess its high octane
O - I must say i'm proud of myself for having waiting until the best after date to crack this, well worth the wait. I'm only recently started to put together some brews to age and this is really my first try of anything aged, great experience, can't wait to make a trip south of the 49th parallel and grab the 12-12-12, along with one or two for my homie andrenaline!

joemcgrath27, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

SocalKicks, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Gagnonsux, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass, ruby amber colored with a huge tan head that fades slowly leaving soft lacing, cloudy with some bubbling

S: caramel malt with a sour cherry note, slight cinnamon spice, bittering hop just barely there

T: big malt character up front then the taste of the chilies hits, on the sweet side up front, finish dries as the cinnamon comes out, cloves and bitter hops

M: heavy with a big oily alcohol presence, alcohol lingers on aftertaste

O: it is an interesting take on a strong ale, it is a weird fusion of red malt, Belgian yeast, and southwest chilies and spices, glad I tried it but not a daily drinker, the heavy oily alcohol presence was a bit much

M_C_Hampton, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Robdrinx, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.93/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- ruby red, 1/2" quickly fading off white head

S- intense spicy peppers that tingle the nose, southwestern style sweet salsa

T- follows the nose, hint of belgian yeast

M- medium body, crisp carbonation, tingling spicy peppers at the back of the throat

O- the first beer i have ever aged and i'm extremely happy i did. I don't remember much from last year besides that the peppers were very subtle and really only showed as a spicey after taste and heat. With over a year on it, the peppers have dominated everything. The best description i can give is basically a beer with clamato in it (try it, it's awesome!) With a southwestern twist. It's spicy, its sweet, and earthy. I wish i would have aged more than one bottle.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

LambAndTunaPhish, Dec 14, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.