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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

1,491 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 41
Gots: 440 | 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:
Beer added by: JAramini on 11-10-2011

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
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Ratings: 1,491 | Reviews: 476
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We’re getting near the end here. My bottles of 2003 through 2010 are just itching to know how this second to last brew will mingle next year with the final Vertical Epic.

This beer pours a clear dark amber body with a small white head.

Nose is actually pretty mellow. It has a malt smell, but this smell of a chile burn, in that there’s a hot pepper smell that kills all the other smells without actually being distinct of it’s own, dominates the nose. Very fruity nose too.
Taste is medium bodied with a very straight ahead pale ale, or slightly bigger strong pale ale taste. Straight up caramel malt, a little of cracker. However there’s this underlying taste of chile’s, not a burn at all. Just a taste of chile peppers. On top of that there’s this cinnamon flavor. It’s so weird. Straight up pale ale with chile’s and cinnamon without a burn. Absoultely NO HEAT at all. No burn, nothing. Just flavor. How odd.

What an odd and unique beer. Cinnamon and Chile’s. What the fuck!!! It seriously tastes like a strong pale ale with hot peppers and cinnamon thrown in. I really don’t know how to describe it beyond that. This is probably the most unique VE since ’04 with the kafir lime. Actually, it kinda reminds me of that one. Interesting.

Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour down the middle of a snifter results in two fingers of rolling and bubbly tan head. Color is dark brown with ruby red hues at the edges. Spice, dark chocolates, dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins) to the nose up front. A little caramel malt sweetness and fresh baked cinnamon bread follows. Tastes of semi-dark chocolate, more dark fruits, taffy sweetness and simple bitterness at the very end. Creamy going down and the alcohol is camouflaged with the complexity of flavors. A little cardboard in the aftertaste fades quickly. As it warms a bit of unique earthiness is revealed, presumably from the chili addition. First VE undertaking, and somehow feel I've really missed something in the past as this one is sitting quite well right now.

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Tons of caramel, cinnamon, toffee, a bit of chile. Really delicious.

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mikereaser
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was a short foam cap that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S - mostly sweet, brown sugar aroma, hints of the peppers, banana and clove
T - starts out sweet, then you're hit with the cloves, the peppers are in the background and really only surface in the end. It seems a little bit of a mess right now, but think it might age nicely
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied,
D - it has a slight hint of cough syrup, its not bad, and I think it has room to grow, i'm just not a complete fan right now.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter..

A: Pours a solid amber color with a dirty, off-white head forming on the pour.

S: Sort of soapy with some chili and some sweet dark grapes. Mild cracker malts.

T: Chili pepper with some earthy dirt. Dried chili flake heat with some sweet bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level and some chili heat on the finish.

O: The chili had subsided. A fascinating beer for sure with sweet malts playing off the mild chili heat. I'm a fan of chili beers so I enjoyed this one more than most.

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dfillius
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear reddish brown with a four finger head that leaves ring after ring of big clumpy lacing in it's wake. nose is made up of cinnamon, chilies, yeast, some banannas, bread and malts. taste is pretty much the same as the nose. this beer has a lot going on. mouthfeel is that of a full bodied beer with a creamy texture and great carbonation. overall this is very busy and i'm more a fan of the k.i.s.s. method. worth the try and will probably throw one in the cellar to try again down the road.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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