1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,473 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,473 | Reviews: 473 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

leftstagebrew, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Kaveman
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DerrickW, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of MrLacinak
3/5  rDev -20%

MrLacinak, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of xacidx
4/5  rDev +6.7%

xacidx, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jmdrpi, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DerekMorgan, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev 0%

BostonPhilly, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of thegrimone
4/5  rDev +6.7%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

leprakhan, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

elNopalero, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Zach122
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Zach122, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev 0%

WanderingFool, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of megahurts4
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

megahurts4, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Mark5252, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of snailman22
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

snailman22, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of jagrbombz69
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

jagrbombz69, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of rye_so_serious
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rye_so_serious, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of deadliest
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

deadliest, Nov 13, 2013
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.