Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Big Cinnamon beer, thanks Jason. Spicy, with heat in the finish. Brown with big lace. Interesting but also some astringency. OK drinkability, unique, but perhaps not the best of the vertical series. I would like more chile heat, offset with some brown sugar..
11-25-2012 05:10:05 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, Belgian yeast, spices, and a slight chili aroma. Taste is of malt, overpowering Belgian yeast, spices, banana, and a mild (not spicy) chili flavor. The aftertaste is very spice forward but quickly fades leaving a slight warming in the back of the throat which I assume is from the chilies. I am not getting any noticeable cinnamon aroma or flavor but the chili is definitely there. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is actually a good beer that I wasn't expecting much from. I never thought chili could mesh with this style but I think Stone got it right. With that being said, I really cannot detect any cinnamon addition to this beer.
11-22-2011 02:52:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.53/5 rDev -32.7%
Bottle picked up from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass that can be described as stemless martini-like.
Pours a dark golden-copper color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of chilis plus a moderate amount of cinnamon and light malt. Taste is a bit odd at first, getting worse as it warms. As expected, the flavors don't come together at all. Terrible idea; bad execution. Not really looking forward to this again in 2012, but I suppose I must. Finish was grossly dry. Bad.
12-17-2011 01:21:25 | More by Thorpe429
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is clear very dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pickled peppers in the nose.
T: The taste is very complex and has notes of spicy peppers along with hints of bananas, cloves and dark fruits as well as a light amount of bitterness. No flavors of cinnamon are detectable. The peppery flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very interesting, particularly if you like lots of spicy flavors.
12-06-2011 00:36:50 | More by metter98
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
Appearance: Pours a darker shade of amber with an inch or so of foam; both the retention and the lacing were OK
Smell: Caramel and Anaheim peppers? You bet, with undertones of fruit (strawberry, banana) and clove
Taste: The caramel and clove flavors are in the forefront but it doesn't take long for the chile and fruit undertones to make an impression; after the swallow, it is sweet, hot and spicy, with warmth in the gullet, too
Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation
Overall: What is intersting on the nose creates chaos on the tastebuds; this beer diverges at the fork in the road and never, ever, finds its way home
05-04-2012 23:13:30 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Stone just can't leave "well enough" alone; pushing the strongest of strong Belgian Pale Ales past 9% abv. and challenging the natural yeasty spice with both chili peppers and cinnamon.
Vertical Epic 11 delivers with a sturdy bronze or deep copper pour that exceeds amber hues and with the added visual weight of moderate yeast haze. Well headed, the lightly tanned foam caps the beer with a thick blanket of creamy foam that retains and laces reasonably well, even for Belgian standards. A heavy looking, but appetizing beer to the eye.
Fruity esters and spicy phenols, both from yeast relese a balanced scent of apples and mulled berries with the tinge of peppercorn, all aside from the obvious scent of chili peppers and cinnamon. Somewhat supple and muted, the fruity/peppery blend plays more delicately on the olfactory sense than expected. Underlying caramel, nut, light toast, and toffee sweet aromas provide support for the yeast character and spicy additions with minimal influence over the nose.
Flavors however, favor malty sweetness garnered from highly kilned caramel malts, light toast, toffee, and nutty grains. A delicate balance of fruity apples and berries provide a tart taste to offset sweetness, as well do the peppery and tannic drynesss of alcohol and phenols. Additions of chili peppers and cinnamon provide complexity and variety of flavor but are very careful not to dominate the flavor profile or to throw the already well balanced beer out of whack. Yeast character however are mild and lack the pungent earthy and fully characterful flavor of many authentic Belgian Strong Ales. Though somewhat cleaner in stature, it's just more simplified than most.
Full bodied from caramel malt sweetness and early creaminess, but the full texture is aided in dryness by growing alcoholic heat, developing spice (both from natural yeast flavor and pepper additions), and fleeting malt sweetness. Finishing malty-dry and semi-sweet, the beer carries a long linger of malt and spice deep into aftertaste.
VE 11 is an inquisitive ale that breaks the norm of traditional Belgian brewing flavors but does so with an aggressive American brewing attitude with recipe formulation and recipe. Designed for the long haul, I'm excited to see how this beer develops in the cellar- but for now its simple and muddled combination of ingredients leave it limited.
12-07-2011 16:02:12 | More by BEERchitect
1.7/5 rDev -54.8%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Anaheim peppers and bready yeast is intriguing with notes of cinnamon and caramel malt also easily noticeable. Taste is a mix between some solid caramel malt with a sweet edge and some cinnamon which unfortunately needs with too many spicy notes and therefore this beer ends ups as a major mess. Body is full with limited filtration and huge malt backbone with good carbonation. No alcohol notes or if there was any there were hidden by the peppers notes. I could barely bring myself to drink ¼ of the bottle before it hit the drain. Not sure where all those high rates are coming from.
01-30-2012 17:58:34 | More by Phyl21ca
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a deep indian red hue with a frothy, off-white head, creamyish head. A thin spray of lace on the descent.
Smell: Fragrant wafts of cinnamon, clove, and chiles preserved in alcohol. Yeasty dough quality, but also bready-scented malts.
Taste: Bready malts layered with brown sugar, a bit of caramel, and a fair helping of cinnamon. Low sweetness. Slight green chile flavor, minimal heat, aided, somewhat, from the phenolic yeast and cinnamon (the 'heat' itself aided also by the peppery booze). Faint untoasted, unroasted nut character. Remote acidity present. A drop or two of strawberry soda, then some spiced banana. Drying, spicy finish that culminates into a slight sourish bent.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly creamy on the tongue.
Overall: Kind of a dud, for me. I nobly stuck it out the entire bomber, and, though I honestly hoped for them to, the flavors never really came together, leaving it a bit of a jumble for me.
01-04-2012 20:26:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
A: minimal head on a cloudy, deep auburn body. decent lacing.
S: mint, candy sugar, peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel.
T: cinnamon, chilis, caramel, fairly malty, brown sugar, spices, citrus.
M: chewy, medium body and light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: the chilis are very well applied. Enough to add flavor but not over done to hurt drinkablity or be considered a chili beer. Nice sweetness to heat balance. So far the tasting of 07- to 11 has been very interesting and well planned.
01-04-2013 03:27:36 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev +9%
This poured out as a clear looking amber color with a white soapy looking head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and a little sweet smelling with some caramel on the nose. The taste was interesting, it seemed a little herbal to me or like some Christmasy spices were added to this one. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty interesting I think. I wasn't really able to get much of the Belgian qualities out of it. Regardless a good brew.
01-10-2012 23:37:33 | More by Knapp85
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed maber with sticky1/2 finger off white head,cinnamon and earthy chili's in the nose,light phenols poke thru as the beer warms a little.Belgian yeast flavors at the onset,phenolic and spiced to go along with light cinnamon flavors,again the chili flavors are more earthy lending a little warming on the way down.Not bad,Iam not a huge Belgian yeast fan but the subtle chili,and cinnamon flavors are nice.
12-01-2011 21:22:28 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Review #2000! Before this, I'd never heard of anaheim chillies. Yeah, really. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear dark ruby topped by a finger of dark off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, green pepper flesh, cilantro, Belgian candi sugar, and sweet caramel. The peppers lend a bit of heat to the cinnamon, as though the latter were really made for breath-cleansing chewing gum. The taste holds notes of caramel, light cinnamon, very light dank greens, light toasted biscuit, clove, and, in the back, a mild bit of pepper flesh and even milder bit o' heat. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Things sorta dry out near the end. Overall, this combination had potential, but the peppers, instead of providing a complimentary bit of heat, sorta drown things out with their dankness as events progress across the tongue. It's not bad in any appreciable manner, but rather a decently-flavored brew that doesn't fully impress.
11-18-2011 05:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly, thick foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of Anaheim peppers with a touch of heat. There was a nice malty aroma, too.
T - It had a nice spicy taste with a mild taste of hot peppers. It had a nice biscuity malt flavor with a touch of fruitiness
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is yet another great Vertical Epic beer. Love the peppery twist on a Belgian-styled ale.
12-17-2011 02:19:16 | More by zeff80
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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