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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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)
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Photo of Phade42
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 12-6-11, quickly chilled and poured into a Sam Adams Pint Glass. Probably not the best glass for the style, but I'm working with what I have.
I've had the past 3 iterations of the vertical epic, but haven't aged any of them. Every year I tell myself "Drink it now and if I like it, buy another one and age it" but I never do.

Appearance: Rust colored, with an almost opaque white head that left miimal lacing

Smell: You can definitely smell the Anaheim peppers, which are mild, about 1/4 the way from a bell pepper to a jalapeno in terms of heat. Very "peppery", but not spicy. Cinnamon smell is faint, if even there at all.

Taste: Sweet peppers at the forefront, some raisin and fig notes follow.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry up front, a little complex, but finishes clean.

Drinkability: it's a doozy at 9.4% ABV but you'd never know by the taste.

Phade42, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of HopHearted
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice dark ruby amber. Very little lacing on the glass.

S- BAM chilies right outta the gate. Smells a bit green but the cinnamon comes on the back making it rather pleasant.

T- Pretty good. The chili and cinnamon really play nicely together. Cloves are very evident on the palate, but finishes off with a boozy banana

M- Very effervescent. A bit bubbly but calms down after being the glass and warming a bit. The warmer it gets the boozier and more astringent but still tap dances across the tongue pressing you to drink just another sip to keep the beat going

Overall- This needs to sit about a year to mellow a bit and come together. Very good but a little astringent due to the age. Would be really good with something like ribs or beef.

HopHearted, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of andrewbarkhorn
5/5  rDev +33.3%

andrewbarkhorn, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of CruZnBrewZ
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First vertical epic series I've ever had.

Appearance: Pours a rich dark red color. heavy lacing that looks almost orange.

Smell: A very sweet aroma, but not to overpowering. no sense of chillies in the smell though. Odd?

Taste: Initial taste is sweet, then it transitions to flavors I've never tasted together like this before. I think the chili and the sweet have conflicting tastes in this style that aren't agreeing with me

Mouthfeel: decent body. lingering bittering flavors

Overall: overall I think I went in expecting one thing and got a completely different outcome. There is a lot going on with this beer. Some good, but most that doesn't agree with my pallet

CruZnBrewZ, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Kenyont2
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Kenyont2, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jamesburkhart
3/5  rDev -20%

jamesburkhart, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of PaceASA
3/5  rDev -20%

PaceASA, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DrBrewDay
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

DrBrewDay, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Quaffenator
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Quaffenator, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of thomasjnyc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

thomasjnyc, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of DMills
4/5  rDev +6.7%

DMills, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of thakkar
4/5  rDev +6.7%

thakkar, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Relm
3/5  rDev -20%

Relm, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of elquinty
4/5  rDev +6.7%

elquinty, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Chadillac
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 11/13/12 shared with a friend and poured into a tulip glass.

Only bought 2 when they came out and didnt drink them so this is my first taste.

Appearance: pours almost a light brownish and cloudy, small amount of light getting though. 1 finger off white head dissapated quickly, some lacing

Aroma: bready, malty, belgiany, sweet smell. not getting much chili or cinnamon in the nose.

Taste: very mild belgian taste, maybe the year of age mellowed it out. Get a hint of spice and clove, Really nice sweetness but not too sweet then folowed by the chili in the back of the mouth and slightly boozy as it warms your chest up a little.

Overall: Great tasting beer, Definitely worth the wait. Lots of complex flavors, almost too rich for my palate to dicipher.

Chadillac, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Mattriordan
4.8/5  rDev +28%

Mattriordan, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ArgntBstrd
5/5  rDev +33.3%

ArgntBstrd, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of InstaBeer
2.25/5  rDev -40%

InstaBeer, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of CondorMcBride
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

CondorMcBride, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Pfife7
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pfife7, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of slowhand429
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All around interesting beer. Pours hazy with a dark amber color. Smells strongly of peppers and the heat of alcohol, slight cinnamon smell as well. Taste is of a peppery and cinnamon laced imperial amber ale, with less emphasis on peppers in taste than in the smell. A bit of heat on back end due to peppers and 9.4 abv. Carbonation was on point with a good mouthfeel. Would not buy again but definitely worth the one bottle. Hell, I feel obligated to try every Stone Vertical Epics.

slowhand429, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ArcticFox
1/5  rDev -73.3%

ArcticFox, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Blochhead
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Blochhead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rylanc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

rylanc, Nov 21, 2011
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.