Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
The appearance is mahogany with a long lasting head. The smell is malty and sweet.unlike many other chili beers that I have had before, the roasted flavors of the chili is what comes out, and (thankfully) not the heat. The Cinnamon is present and adds a nice dimension to this beer. I need to pick up a few more before they disappear - some for now, and some for next year.
served chilled in a snifter, after storing for a year in my fridge
A: a deep amber/mahogany with a slight yellow head
S: Very fragrant - floral and sweet smelling
T: I taste a lot of the fruitiness of the Anaheim chili, and strong cinnamon notes. The finish is bitter and dry.
M: this is well-carbonated, which helps the finish to dissipate quickly.
O: I enjoyed this beer fresh a year ago, and I like it now, however I wouldn't want to drink more than one in an evening. It's nice for something different, but I wouldn't want a ton of it. I find myself pleasantly surprised a the absence of chili heat, which has ruined other chili beers for me in the past. I am happy that I stored a few bottle s of this one, and I still recommend it.
11-12-2012 22:27:30 | More by smerrell
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Stone Epic Vertical 11.11.11
A- clear ruby in color with a two finger head. Very pretty.
S- smells like hot Tabasco and slight chile fruit. The aroma is dominated by the Anaheim chiles.
T- lots going on here. Slight hint of cinnamon, caramel, burnt sugar, ground coffee, even a bit of cacao some fresh green chile fruit. Bitter finish with a slight cheese aftertaste. Very complex.
M- medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Chile warmth in the back of the throat after a few sips.
O- like I said, there is a lot going on with this beer. At first my palate was bombarded with a bunch of different flavors, but after a while I was able to pick them out. So yeah, still tastes pretty good after a year. Happy Veterans Day!
11-12-2012 01:05:07 | More by starkmarvelo
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
I wish I got another 40 or something because I didnt want to crack this until 11 11 12, just to have it on the 1 year anniversary. But I need a beer and im pretty sure there are two more of these to where I can get at least 1 more. So lets get to it!
A: This epic pours a hazy, light amber/dark orange and has a thin, creamy head with lots of tiny bubbles.
S: I the the initial sense of vanilla or cream, followed by banana, some clove and finishing with some spice.
T: Intense creamy banana and clove at first. I get some of the cinnamon, not as much of the chillies but it does have a little bit of that mild spice. I do get the flavor of some hops in this beer as well.
M: Not a lot of noticeable carbonation, the texture is rich, creamy and slightly bitter. Definitely as sipper of a beer.
O: This is my first epic so I dont know how it compares with previous releases, but overall enjoyed this beer and feel thankful I was able to find it long after its release.
11-07-2012 04:07:17 | More by SouljaSaia17
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into a pint glass on 12/9/11
A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 1+ finger of tight tan head with great retention. Crystal clear crimson-brown liquid is pretty!
S: Strong banana and clove. Some citrus, cream, slight cinnamon. Quite malty.
T: Hot pepper up front and throughout, but not hot per se. Cinnamon is there too. Chocolate at the end. Sweetness is there up front too and lasts. Odd and jumbled in the first two sips. It comes together better after that, but the pepper (I think) stays kind of weird and vegetal in the aftertaste. A major detractor. Maybe less hops would be better? I had this one alone and when I poured m second glass, the flavor coherence increased. Seems similar to a dubbel more so than a pale. A chili-dubbel?
M: Slightly spicy. Thick, almost chewy. Sweet and unpleasantly tangy.
O: Decent, I wouldn't buy again though. Not coherent enough or adherent to a particular idea. Jumbled, but it finally settled on a chili-dubbel in my opinion.
10-17-2012 00:10:02 | More by dfillius
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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