Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
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
12-15-2012 00:28:38 | More by M_C_Hampton
4.93/5 rDev +31.1%
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.
12-14-2012 16:59:16 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Consumed after aging past the recommended date of 12/12/12.
Appearance: Pours a very hazy brownish copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A bready and fruity aroma with a sharp mix of spices. Toasted malts with good hints of biscuit, yeast, toffee, and a little caramel. Big hint of bananas with some apple and dark prune. Sharp hints of chili peppers along with some clove and cinnamon spices. Also a slight hint of citrus fruit and brown sugar. A little scent of alcohol comes through. A nicely complex and interesting aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma hints, a complex mix of bready malts, spices, and fruit esters. Sweet bready malts with a taste of biscuit, yeast, toast, toffee, and caramel. A little brown sugar sweetness. Good taste of bananas and apples. Also some dark prunes and dates along with a little citrus. Notes of spices including chili peppers, cinnamon, and cloves. The spicing is quite noticeable but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors, they blend in nicely. Tastes similar to a dark Belgian ale with a good dose of added pepper and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol heat is felt a little.
Overall: A really good take on a Belgian style ale. The spices added are just enough to add a interesting profile without making it too hot.
12-14-2012 07:20:49 | More by MattyG85
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
Pours brown-amber in color and does have a slight unfiltered look to it. Good head at pour but savored in a small glass. Good vertical lacing on the glass. I expected more from the nose of this beer given the flavor - still smells good but doesn't reveal much more than a string Belgian style ale with maybe some clove coming through. Taste is complex and wonderful - subtle chilies that builds over time. Other pleasant spices with a nice malt balance.
12-14-2012 01:34:05 | More by Oakenator
4.8/5 rDev +27.7%
Certainly an epic. This is not exaggeration.
A: Nice and cloudy, almost a blood red. Yellowish head, medium lacing with good carbonation
S: Chilies and cloves. Fruity bready hoppy roasted malt with a hint of smoke
T: Chilies and hops. Citrus and something bright...
M: Nice yeast activity, very smooth and flavorful with ample aftertaste. A tiny bit o' alcohol
O: For this to be 9.4% it is absolutely beyond drinkable. Super interesting flavors, I mean really uncommon tasting beverage for a beer. It is soothingly spicy, and, well, wowing. Hoping to pick up a bottle of the 12.12.12 fresh hop monster as soon as an east coaster possibly can!
12-13-2012 01:37:48 | More by PatriotsRule
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
a murky orange-brown, 2 fingers of head (surprising for a year old chili beer). smells sweet of cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, has a mole spicy scent overall. a raisiny spicy kick up front.. very sugary sweet, a little bit TOO sweet that it doesn't honestly go all that great with the chili spice. a slight bitter aftertaste of burnt caramel.
medium body, medium carbonation, a little on the syrupy side.
an interesting choice for a beer, a subtle spiced quad.. the more it warms up the more you taste the pepper and cinnamon. not really THAT into it, and i do like mole stouts and dark chili ales, this one is just too sweet.
12-12-2012 02:17:37 | More by facundoCNB
4/5 rDev +6.4%
This exceptionally different ale, presented itself with a deep, rich yet cloudy mahogany color. The aroma is of sweet malt, prunes or dates, cinnamon and yes, chiles. This combination should not work but does quite nicely. The cinnamon is not as present but the sweet malt is at the front. The chilis are more forward at the end of the bottle and I really enjoyed the second half more than the first. The completely different nature of this ale makes it succeed and I recommend it for anyone experimenting.
12-07-2012 23:28:13 | More by KYGunner
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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