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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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very good

1,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 432 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KevinGordon, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes

Pours dark amber - medium brown in color, unfiltered. smells slightly spicy sweet, more cinnamon on the nose than peppers. Taste very different and unique just like most stone beers. chili peppers not apparent to me really, I'd say low on the scale of hot pepper spice, much more tame than "Rogues" chipotle ale. The cinnamon is very subtle which is fine by me because I hate cinnamon. This also has a very belgiany, the Belgian "qualities" in the beer are very apparent, high carbonation.

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

devilfluff, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

golf4collet, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Tricerahops, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

TubaDan, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Brasso, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

LeahM, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3/5  rDev -20%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Geegmasta
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large tulip glass
Aged about one year and two months

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby red with a large release of bubbles as the glass was turned upright. The bubble explosion created an anxious head that came on strong in size and slowly diffused back into the body. No lacing was perceived.

Smell- Very fruity, with a hint of apple? Almost smells like a wine, possibly hinting at the ABV content.

Taste- Comes on with a very subtle fruit and malt 1-2 jab which led to the knockout chocolate/chili hay-maker. Very smooth and the change was unexpected but greatly appreciated.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with very light carbonation. Medium body feel that coats the mouth and quickly recedes down to the palette towards the esophagus.

Overall- A very good brew. Like the bottles describes – it is definitely an epic journey with twists in the plot. Comes on fruity and malty with a sweetness of caramel that flips to a spicy cinnamon with a full flavor of the exotic chili and some chocolate. No real hint at the ABV, which is 9.4%. A great drink that I’d like to enjoy again. (Really pairs well as a chaser with dragon berry rum. May try adding some to the beer for a little extra kick)

Geegmasta, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

defect_, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

combatFlexo, Feb 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

bostonryan, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bierdeflanders, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

NooseJustice, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Dreamer, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hopstout, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BeerEngineer
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

BeerEngineer, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

blindtiger24, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.