Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This one didn't do it for me. Poured into my Chimay goblet a clear orange/copper color with a small off white, fast fading head. No lacing.
Smell is cinnamon, spices (pepper) and sweet malt/caramel malt. Not bad.
Didn't care for the taste. The combination of chiles and cinnamon resulted in a strong medicinal taste, kind of like a mild version of Alvinne Balthazar (which I really dislike). Before the beer warms up, the medicinal taste and sweetness are really too strong. As the beer warms up, the cinnamon is more pronounce than the chiles and the medicinal taste is greatly reduced as is the sweetness, Still a little bitter medicin-y stab
Mouthfeel is rich enough. There is a little warming alcohol presence but it is not too much.
Overall there are muich better Strong Pale Ales out there. This is unusual but not that great a drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2012 01:11:00 | More by JayQue
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a murky dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown foamy head that reduced to a few puddles and a large collar with good sticky lacing.
The aroma was of roasted caramel malts and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, chili's, dried fruit (raisons and figs) and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet and a bit acidic with a note of caramel and a touch of cinnamon and chocolate early on, and then progressed with a seriously bold maltiness that had hints of toffee, dried fruit and a light spicy alcohol finish. The flavor lasted for a good long while with a slightly spicy sweet warming sensation, which hit you right in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat mild carbonation.
Overall this was a very interesting brew, lots of complexity with the flavors in this one. That being said, they all seemed to work extremely well together, making this a very enjoyable drinking experience...
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2012 16:41:32 | More by KajII
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.