Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
waited until 11/11/11 to open this one that I've had in my fridge for 3 days. I waited until the clock turned from 11:59pm on the 10th to 12:00am on the 11th.
pretty clear mahogany amber color with a nicely sized light tan head that billows to the top of my duvel tulip and laces well as it slowly recedes.
belgian amber aromas with fruity esters, toasted malts, a bit of the clove and banana scents typical to a belgian yeast. behind that, my nose hairs tickle from the chiles, but they do not overpower.
starts yeasty, gets sweetened up by the malt, some cinnamon creeps in and some fruits. after the swallow the chiles linger without burning.
pleasant soft carbonation that lets the flavors pop without being too harsh.
skeptical at first, but this actually works. not sure how it will age. It will be interesting to see. drinks pretty damn well now.
11-11-2011 05:12:09 | More by silentjay
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
A: Pours a bright red rusty color with a strong head later powdery dusting on the top and a white ring around the edges.
S: Smell of smokey chili peppers, fresh ground cinnamon, sweet malt and banana and clove esters from belgian yeast.
T: Clearly a belgian beer but flavored with some unconventional flavors. Smokey pepers first and foremost followed closely behind by a strong ground cinnamon flavor. Clove and banana esters are evident but overshadowed by the strong spicing and peppers.
M: Medium mouthfeel for a belgian with a light carbonation.
O: I think this works and it is a nice change. I would not want to drink a 6 pack of it, but it is a nice little interesting beer and I enjoyed it a lot more than 10.10.10
03-02-2012 00:19:14 | More by alpinebryant
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
Draft serving into a chalice for $3 during happy hour. Sampled 12/1/11.
A: Slow rising 1 finger head, light brown in color, foamy, very loosely compacted and quick to disappear. The body has a very attractive garnetty plum color. Very still looking with 85% opacity. Despite the beautiful hue, the appearance isn't that great overall. No lacing.
S: Up front, the nose brings in some smokiness and perceived heat from charred peppers and alcohol. Light fragrance of cinnamon. The background aroma is classic BSDA, albeit very much underlying.
T: The flavor echoes the nose. Ancho chile or chipotle-like heat and flavor mixes with the savoriness of cinnamon. Sweetness from the typical dark fruits usually associated with BSDAs. Raisins, sweet plum, dates and perhaps even a little cherry and strawberry provide the backdrop. Perhaps a dusting of cocoa powder as well.
M: Tight, crispy carbonation with the bubbles carrying through until the finish, keeping it relatively clean. Medium-light on the tongue. Sweet, yet the dryness increases throughout each individual sip.
O: Worth trying even though I didn't particularly like it.
01-21-2012 12:27:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Served on tap in a 10 Oz straight glass.
This Belgian strong ale pours dark amber/ brown, very clear and with a little quickly dissipating head. The smell and taste really compliment each other, A lot of Belgian yeast, Wheat, grain, a slight fruitiness and a touch of alcohol. This beer also has a spicy taste and feel, almost like a little cinnamon or another spice put into it, sort of christmassy. The alcohol is warming but there's very little of it in the taste, I found this be be a surprisingly easy to get down Belgian strong pale. This is another good offering from stone but I always expect great from them, granted, this is far from my favorite style.
04-22-2012 06:22:50 | More by TwelveOunces
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
Tasted On: 11-11-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville
Picked up a couple of these; one to share on 11-11-11 and one to taste and review in more detail.
Color is a dark, reddish-brown, clear in the glass. The tan head of 1 finger has a fair amount of retention. Lacing is good.
Very interesting nose, with lots of spices - cinnamon especially. There is a light chili pepper aroma, as well as a sweetness of light fruits. Did not really pick up any hop aroma.
Taste features chili heat and flavors, but is not overpowering. Malty and spicy, with red and black pepper and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, I wouldn't have guessed this has 65 IBUs. I didn't really pick up much in the way of Belgian yeast flavors. Beer tastes more flavorful as it approaches room temperature.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium carbonation level. I get a good warming from the alcohol. The finish is dry with more of the chilies in the aftertaste.
A different and intriguing beer. I'd drink it again, but if I bought one I'd probably want to wait and try it after a year of cellaring.
11-13-2011 00:54:18 | More by sommersb
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Bizarre. I kinda wish I could leave the review at that but there's a character limit. There's something of a very tangy fruitcake going on here. The hop character is resinous. Piney cinnamon sticks comes to mind. Green chili flavor is easy to find in the chaos. Belgian yeast is another strong verse in this beer song. There's quite a bit of clanging and bashing going on in the tune but it's strangely compelling.
Not about to have a case of this while watching a football game but perhaps would suit to study an abstract painting.
01-02-2012 07:15:32 | More by ommegangpbr
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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