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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

1,435 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 421 | FT: 16
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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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-25-2013 15:38:03 | More by tdmccarthy
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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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WesM63

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-25-2013 02:23:56 | More by WesM63
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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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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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wtkphoto

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love chilis. I love cinnamon. This beer is right up my alley. Nice thick dense head atop a dark for a BSPA fluid. Chestnut colored really. A bit of haze and bits if stuff in suspension. Smell has some lighter malt aromas mixed with some roastier notes and a hint of the chili pepper. A cinnamon undercurrent. Light yeast funk and and dark fruits along with mild toffee notes. Taste follows the nose with layers of sophisticated brewing flavors. Toffee malt front with light pearle malt and sweetness. Mild dark fruitiness. Cinnamon is well folded into the overall construct, acting like a flavor enhancer to both the malt and hops. Chilis also flow throughout and bring out lovely nuances. Finish is clean and dry with faint alcohol and a chili flourish in the back of the mouth. Chilis bring out an astringent hop bitterness that gives good pucker. Light bready malt lingering with dry hops and grainy notes. Feel is creamy and supple with a lovely medium weight that is so close to the next level up. This is just a great beer, super drinkable and delicious with a unique character that makes me want to stock up mass quantities. It has replaced the 090909 as my favorite VE. Great job Stone!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:08:39 | More by scootny
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Pahn

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a thick ring of dish-soap-bubbly lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark ruby and leaves little subsequent lacing.

Smell: In the bottle, it smells like a generic Belgian golden ale. In the glass... ha, coffee cake. Straight coffee cake and nothing else at first. Cinnamon and sugar, what? Some sweet malt and bubblegum come out shortly.

Later, a strong chile note emerges. I love chiles.

Taste: First sip, very mild pepper heat, bland BSPA with bubblegum and Belgian yeast, leading to a sugary finish. Not great.

Second sip has a huge and distinct chile flavor, highlighted with cinnamon through to the malty, sugary, Belgian yeasty finish. Okay, I get it... it works. They were going for a blend of Mexican and Belgian flavors, and this is a clear success.

Further sips reinforce this impression. Great chili note (how did they get so much distinct pepper flavor into the beer? It's great), some cinnamon and sugar, then some Belgian yeast and mild malt.

The experiment is successful, with the great, dark, savory pepper flavor really working well with the spice and base beer... but it's hard to look past the relative blandness of the base beer. I've had a lot of BSPAs/Belgian golden ales in my time (there was a time when I was never without a bottle of La Chouffe on hand), and this is a really weak example. Sure, the chile is the star, but the BSPA is a tease.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Good carbonation (a bit high), overly sugary finish.

Overall: Given the high standard set by Stone's other "out there" beers and other Vertical Epics, this one is a miss. Yeah, the pepper tastes great, and it balances with the other elements, but Stone is the master of balancing bold against bold. A BSPA *should* be bold, at least in its complexity or the extent to which you taste the various ingredients. The base beer here is a far cry from that kind of boldness.

In other words, if not for the addition of chiles, this is around a C- to C beer. I want to grade it a bit higher than I am due to my love of chiles and how impressed I am that they could pack such a flavor into a beer... but I can't overlook the downsides--especially knowing that if anyone could get such a pronounced chili flavor and pair it with a brilliantly-brewed-in-its-own-right BSPA, it's Stone.

Still, an interesting and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:44:26 | More by Pahn
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-24-2013 05:42:51 | More by moonknight31
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

I know i missed 11/11/11, but its worth a shot for only $7!

Pours reddish, orangish, brownish color. Not pale at all. not even close. I mean paler than a porter or stout. I would say Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but o well. decent off-white head. about an inch thick that reduces to a quarter inch.

Belgian yeast is everywhere, spicy clove and hints of coriander. Wisps of cinnamon and chilis. Very complex and smells smooth.

Hello chili peppers! Upfront chili peppers, but no heat whatsoever. Cinnamon comes next in the plethora of flavors. Those nice yeasty Belgian esters are there, but are overpowered by the chilis. Medium body, and the absence of chewy yeast is different than usual. The addition of chilis and cinnamon took that over.

Hm, I guess Stone has made mole (the mexican sauce).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:52:56 | More by VncentLIFE
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-10-2014 00:22:28 | More by NooseJustice
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therica

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= medium mahogany or deep amber, almost no head, modest rimming.

S= massive; okay big malts, hops, liquor, a lot of other things-- I shut my eyes and focused on nasal impression for a few seconds-- bubblegum?!?!?! Massive bubblegum! Okay try to sort that out into reality-- banana, strawberry, dark cherry, some hops florals, it's a bit confusing but it's a great bouquet. I suppose the bubblegum-type nose I'm getting is from the Belgian yeast.

T= nicely done for a beer in its style, a bit too dark-fruit bland in its balance for my preferences. Some hops bitters, a bit unbalanced for my preferences but again correct for the style. Some banana-strawberry with some rather raw fruit flavors (ie like green fruit stems).

M= A bit on the green and sour side. Slightly bitter in the Belgian style, some malt and fruit notes.

O= I guess I'm not as excited about this Belgian Strong Ale as some are, which surprises me because I do love a great Belgian ale when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 20:16:15 | More by therica
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +33%

12-11-2011 16:42:16 | More by alamode
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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

Thanks Rob for saving me two bottles.

Pours dark crimson with a finger of khaki foam that recedes slowly coating the sides of the glass with copious lace. Smell is cinnamon, cloves, candied pears, and faint chilies. Taste has cloves and bananas mated perfectly to cinnamon and a hint of chili spice that's melded with the mild bite of Stone's hops. Excellent. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full. Finish is delicious. Thankfully I have another bottle, the 11.11.11 disappeared off the shelves quickly here in Minneapolis.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:39:22 | More by JackieTH
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a coppery, deep amber tone with ruby highlights while yielding a relatively short lived finger and a half beige head. the head leaves a little to be desired but still a beautiful looking beer. nice, aromatic nose offers clear notes of cinnamon and chiles along with a strong belgian yeast presence. secondary notes of banana and clove.

flavor is interesting. my first impulse is that i don't think it's for me, but after a few sips i seem to warm up to it more. more or less follows the aroma: chilies, cinnamon, banana, Belgian yeast... definitely a lot going on. a bit medicinal. medium-bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall i think it's a unique and relatively tasty beer. not out-of-this-world delicious but a nice change of pace.

(originally reviewed: 11-13-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:15:08 | More by BostonHops
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deadliest

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-13-2013 22:25:28 | More by deadliest
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-09-2013 17:29:06 | More by sansho
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours vibrant amber to copper with chestnut hues beneath the generous tan head that slowly breaks down to leave a speckled, yet sticky lacing behind.

The chillie and cinnamon aromas greet you immediately as the spicy aromas float from the glass with a strong sugar sweetness to back it up.

The flavor is fantastic, initially sweet, and then spicy with a kick from the chillies, which is then smoothed out from the warming cinnamon and a touch of clove. The sweetness is like brown sugar, perhaps a product of the generous yeasts used in this brew.

While the body is medium the beer sits on the heavier side given the generous carbonation and dense flavors that coat the palate leaving a lingering, but pleasant after taste of spice and sugar-like sweetness.

Not sure this is Belgian Pale Ale, but whatever you want to call it, it is delicious. This beer is just as advertised on the label and it seems Stone got just what they were looking for out of the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:35:48 | More by CHADMC3
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-25-2011 02:11:13 | More by Blanco
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-25-2014 04:39:42 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-01-2013 04:56:34 | More by aquazr1
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a thick lightly tan head that leaves good lacing. Darker than I was expecting for a BSPA.

S- Has all the characteristic aromas for a BSPA with some clove, light fruits and spices. However, I can also pick out the peppers and cinnamon sweetness as well but I'm not sure I could if I didn't know they were used during the brewing process.

T- Wow, the chili peppers certainly show themselves right away. The peppers don't seem to show any appreciable heat but they definitely add a "green" vegetal like flavor that doesn't contrast too harshly with the base beer (although personally I would have left them out all together). Still has a nice sweet fruity finish with banana and caramel coming through with a touch of alcohol. Not picking up as much cinnamon in the flavor when compared to the nose.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinks pretty easy for 9.4%

O- Overall a pretty solid beer. Chili peppers aren't really my thing but I don't think they took anything away from this beer. Not sure what age will do to this one, but I look forward to trying it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:35:55 | More by projectflam86
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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