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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

1,429 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 419 | FT: 14
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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ortie

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-24-2011 23:26:09 | More by ortie
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:54:18 | More by sommersb
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magictacosinus

California

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap for the VE tasting (beers 07.07.07-12.12.12) at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. during SF Beer Week. All reviews are from my notes.

Pours a reddish-brown melded color, complete with a little ring at the top of the glass. Not dark enough to appear opaque, although it doesn't look to cloudy overall, nor does it have too many bubbles. I definitely can tell the alcohol is present on this one, with the the legs dangling all around and a strong thick consistency as I swirled the glass. Murky, sort of messy, but definitely different.

At the nose, rather than get pelted with chili peppers, there are tons of surprising medicinal notes going on, including a caramelized brown sugar backdrop. There are some peppery notes that linger about, but there's a zest/spice combo going on here that I can't put my finger on. The Flanders yeast definitely trimmed the spices to a sourish edge, but it's not as strong as you may think. Getting herbs such as basil, rosemary, dill, and a hint of clove, all topped with black pepper and slight zest/muted tart. Very strange, kind of intimidating, but interesting.

The best way to describe a beer this crazy is that the first taste immediately reminded me of spiced paprika jalapeño rye bread soaked in huge sugared notes. Now, I actually love that as much as any fan of peppers, but don't think the flavor stops there. The finish immediately melds into a light bouquet of chili peppers, combined with cinnamon burnt notes, and lots of rosemary and clove. The astringency produced by the peppers and cinnamon is not very welcoming, and the other spices do try to balance it out. It doesn't seem to improve as it warms up either, as it gets even more ridiculously astringent and acidic, malty as hell, and then resembling herbal medication such as echinacea.

Surprisingly, to this palate at least, this isn't a complete trainwreck despite all of its counter-productive spices. The more I see it as an herbal beer in the same way that Benedictine is a herbal liqueur, the more I appreciate what it's trying to do. Kind of reminds me of a long dose of propolis with peppers, for better or for worst. Too bad the Belgian yeast or alcohol didn't do too much to balance this out, but for fans of strange herbal beers, this may be up your alley.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 08:09:03 | More by magictacosinus
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 12:27:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2011 05:24:39 | More by Stigs
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-16-2012 04:15:53 | More by coz
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

05-25-2012 19:40:59 | More by standardcherry
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-25-2013 00:48:36 | More by jplopez21
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 06:22:50 | More by TwelveOunces
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Whole Foods.

Copper body with some darker edges. A tan head sits on top and settles out to a thin cover. Leaves some nice lacing.

Strong, pepperchini aromas, slightly briny. Some cinnamon spice and a little chocolate. Earthy Belgian yeast.

Lots of sweet chili, with some lemon tones. More salty, briny flavors. Light spicing. Earthy and sweet with some Belgian candi.

Very interesting, and not as vile as it sounds. A unique beer, and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 20:10:49 | More by litheum94
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Kromes

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy light brown with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Belgian yeast,cinammon, and candi sugar, alcohol.

T: Sweet roasted malts are mixed with a cinammon and alcohol flavor. There is a Belgian funk and a grassy hop in the background. The finish is warm with a little spice from the pepper and alcohol.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Spice in the finish.

O: Flavors are a little strong right now. I would like to try this again when it mellows out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 21:49:51 | More by Kromes
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lucasj82

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-15-2013 03:03:03 | More by lucasj82
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mithrascruor

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darker amber color, but is ruby through the light. Minimal filmy off-white head and very little visible carbonation.

Smell: Good malt aroma with some fruit-like sweetness, and a hint of yeast. I think I can get a slight whiff of the peppers.

Taste: Pleasant malt flavor (carramel) up front, which gradually gives way to some cinnamon and mild yeast flavors towards the finish. There's a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. It takes a few sips for the chilies to register, but they add a nice, additional dimension to the taste, and gives it a mildly spicy aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth; very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong ABV but little to no alcohol present in the taste.

I quite enjoyed this one - the yeast was quite mild, and the chilies were a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:46:03 | More by mithrascruor
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Allagash tulip. Chilled.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a two finger beige head. A bit darker than the golden color mentioned on the label.

Aroma: The Anahesim chiles really stand out. It's a nice and mild heat. Hints of cinnamon and other spices. Bananna, clove and light citrus make for a nice base.

Taste: The chile notes are upfront here too. The mild nature of the peppers really allow there to be a strong pepper note without overwhelming heat. The cinnamon and other spices provide a nice backing. The base beer is also nice and balanced. The bananna and clove combine with the spices to compliment the chiles well. I also get a touch of hop bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice belgian pale where the chile flavors work well in my opinion. The peppers provide good flavor and not too much heat. I really think this beer works. My favorite one off from Stone in a while. I'm glad I have one more to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:27:46 | More by Gosox8787
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-19-2014 23:38:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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samie85

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a garnet color with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S-A bit of bubblegum and clove esters with some cinnamon and smoky peppers on the finish.

T-Dry, clove-y notes with some caramel, cinnamon, and very light spicy pepper notes.

M-A little cloying at first but it dries out quite a bit at the finish from the cinnamon and yeast esters; full side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I don't think I'd try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:38:01 | More by samie85
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Murrhey

Montana

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Hollingshead's in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger off-white head. Deep mahogany color. Ok carbonation. Looks nice, although retention and lacing are fairly weak.

S- Hoppy, floral smells. Strange sort of meatiness to it.

T- Hoppy mouthful. Strange flavor but not at all unpleasant.

M- Full bodied, well carbonated. Bitter linger.

O- Weird beer. Tasty in a strange way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 02:19:15 | More by Murrhey
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NateMac13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2012 01:09:44 | More by NateMac13
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dcloeren

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Petrol Station in Houston, review from notes.

Poured a hazy burnt amber with no head.

Cinnamon, bananas, clove and chiles make up the aroma. Very interesting. The chiles give it a certain Sex Panther quality... stings the nostrils (in a good way).

Taste follows the nose for the most part... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles dominate the palate. Cinnamon and bananas right of the back with the chiles making up the back end. This beer is complex as all hell. The flavors are all very distinct but they work extrememly well together. Very tasty.

Medium bodied with a copious amount of carbonation.

I will admist that this is the absolute worst sounding beer I've ever had... Cinnamon, bananas and chiles sound like a clusterfuck of a beer but this beer makes it work. Just like an onion, this beer has some serious layers and they are all delicious

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 22:41:08 | More by dcloeren
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Pecan

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-20-2012 08:44:20 | More by Pecan
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Buebie

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Plans fell through, liquor stores are closed, this looks tasty.

Poured from the bomber into a pub glass, semi rigorously, producing a billowing head. Head is thick, cakey, leaving a 1 finger dallop of white froth and thick clingy globs of lace.
Color on the brew is pretty red, more so then expected, it looks like a red ale and not a belgo strong.

Aroma is pulling strongly to pumpkin beer, more cinnamon then desired off aroma, but peppers are pulling up alongside, making for an odd aroma combo. Also some good bready caramel aroma too. Hops are blocked out.

Taste starts out sweet and malt driven, heating slowly with peppers and providing an interesting flavor profile. Malt, buttered rolls, cardamom like, and at the swallow is an overwhelming amount of cinnamon that pulls me down into pumpkin beer land.
Mouthfeel is slick, hop oil slick, medium carbonation, great feel overall.

I cant get past the cinnamon, its nagging and excessive and just ruins this beer for me.
Everything else is really good. The peers are terrific and they slowly sneak back up on you after the swallow.
Glad I tried it, but one was enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:38:44 | More by Buebie
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-13-2013 01:50:59 | More by vrbulldog22
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wtkphoto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-12-2013 02:56:14 | More by wtkphoto
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Slightly hazy brownish/red pour with a three plus finger off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Right off the bat you get the peppers; not spicy but a real solid oomph of that pepper goodness. Definite cinnamon afterwords that really compliments the peppers. Candied sugar and a nice yeast spiciness.

T- The peppers add an vegetable earthiness while the cinnamon and candied sugar subdue them. There is the slightest hint of heat from the peppers and not the alcohol. There is a floral finish that coats your tongue momentarily.

M- Medium bodied, nice chew with a quick finish.

O- I honestly think this is probably my favorite of the VE series I've had (07,08,09,10,11) It's the most inventive one as well and it just seems to work well. Going to grab another one of these to enjoy with the 12.12.12

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:36:11 | More by korguy123
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2012 20:15:22 | More by Kubrickx
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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