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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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1,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 426 | FT: 18
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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4.29/5  rDev +14.1%

General: Got this from the Stone Beer Garden in downtown San Diego. I couldn't believe that they still had a couple of bottle of this so I picked up a couple. Poured it into my New Belgium tulip glass to enjoy tonight!

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby color with an off white head. The head disappears pretty quickly and doesn't have much lacing.

Aroma: There is an aroma of the red wine bottle that this was aged in, pretty nice. There is a touch of something spiced too. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I would expect but still very nice. Carbonation is pretty mild

Taste: This is really strange. I'm not too sure about this flavor. There is a hint of the cinnamon and chills but the biggest flavor is the red wine barrel aging.

Overall: It's good, I enjoy it but it's not something that I will want all that often. It's unfortunate that this is retired because it's kind of weird and quirky and it would be fun every once in a while.

01-31-2014 05:32:53 | More by BeerEngineer
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-29-2014 02:13:33 | More by ThreeFishes
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Deep brown ruby color with slight head.

S: Apple cider / pie smell. A bit of heat from the chile in the nose, but really faint.

T: Apple, cinnamon taste with hints of clove spice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Not much chile heat.

O: Good, but not great. Was left wanting more from the taste and smell, especially with the chiles. Aging might bring out more complexity.

01-22-2014 20:43:39 | More by blindtiger24
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-22-2014 02:43:40 | More by kvgomps
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-09-2014 22:33:29 | More by leftstagebrew
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-06-2014 14:37:12 | More by ThatsThatDude
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

01-06-2014 02:44:32 | More by Kaveman
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-03-2014 23:59:23 | More by DerrickW
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-30-2013 18:53:53 | More by MrLacinak
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-30-2013 13:57:01 | More by BuckTuckian
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-27-2013 19:31:08 | More by xacidx
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-14-2013 17:16:53 | More by Moo5152
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-14-2013 02:12:14 | More by jkball01
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-13-2013 06:20:17 | More by jmdrpi
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-13-2013 03:16:18 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-11-2013 03:31:15 | More by DerekMorgan
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-11-2013 02:33:57 | More by BostonPhilly
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-09-2013 08:07:09 | More by thegrimone
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-08-2013 05:28:35 | More by BillRoth
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

12-05-2013 08:52:02 | More by leprakhan
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4.48/5  rDev +19.1%

Revisited for my birthday on 11/11/2013.

This pours a ruddy raisiny-amber color with a thin layer of tan foam.

The aroma is full of stone fruits, like dried raisins and dates. There’s a subdued holiday spice to it, like one would find in a Belgian dark ale.

I thought of this as a cinnamon bomb—but it’s more akin to a Mexican chocolate, with cinnamon, some dark, bitter chocolate, and an overall mild sweetness. There’s a spicy kick to this beer. It’s understated, and it doesn’t emerge through the aroma but after a few sips its definitely noticeable. After sitting on this for two years I can say I’m glad for the experience, and I think time has mellowed out some of the rough edges (from what I remember).

This was my birthday beer. Not the beer I had on my birthday, but the beer for my birthday. (11/11, in case anyone wants to plan a surprise party for me next year.) I had delusions about getting a case of this before I moved and dialed back my ambitions but now that I’ve tried it I’d gladly take a supply for the (hypothetical) cellar.

Dated 11.11.11, drunk with hardly any aging on it.
From the bottle it pours a dark, ruddy amber color, reminiscent of leather or dried tobacco, with a generous topping of foam. There’s a curious aroma to this. I pick up some chile spicing, some cherry? Perhaps it’s cherrywood, not oaky but there’s a whiff of something woodsy along with the stone fruits to contrast the chiles.

The beer itself is both sweet and spicy, alternating and contrasting. The spicing isn’t overpowering but nicely balanced with a good malt backbone to hold up to it. Cinnamon nuances complement the chile zestiness and a touch of burnt caramel sweetness.

At one point the bitterness became extremely pronounced, only to mellow out like a nice malty dessert beer would. As it warmed it opened further. Complex, layered, dynamic brew with a fully-rounded flavor. It’s dangerously good—I picked up no hint of alcohol, even as it warmed—and while I shared this bottle I could easily finish one by myself without complaint. I’m curious to see how some age would develop this beer further.

250th review!

12-04-2013 09:24:58 | More by elNopalero
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-01-2013 00:57:07 | More by Zach122
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-24-2013 02:17:03 | More by WanderingFool
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11

Appearance: red, large head and some lacing.

Smell: strong malt, toffee, apple, and a slight hop.

Taste: apple, plum, a touch of cinnamon, and a chili pepper backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy yet smooth and creamy.

This is an odd brew but is quite drinkable. The flavors are complex and well matched. The chili's fit in very well. This was opened on 2/17/13.

11-22-2013 07:18:01 | More by megahurts4
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2013 23:44:29 | More by Mark5252
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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