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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

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 431 | FT: 21
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 VncentLIFE
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).

VncentLIFE, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +33%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
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.

JackieTH, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Summits' Wayside Tavern Snellville. Reviewed from notes.

16 oz $7.99

(Appearance) Served with a light cream head of a thick cream foam. Retention is average. Color is a medium brown, with a lot of copper red accents. Appearance is lighter looking than I had expected but still decent. 3

(Smell) sweet aromatics, vanilla, caramel and a hint of chiles. Aroma certainly leans to the sweet side. Potency is a medium. the sweet aroma really overshadows much else this beer might have to offer. 3.5

(Taste) tart bitter spice and cinnamon malt flavors finishing with a sharp chile pepper taste. Pretty alarming in intensity overall, and most Flavors overdone throughout. There's a ton of confusion to this beer. sure, theres tons of flavor but without balance its nothing short of a muddled mess. Not really Stone's finest hour. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Slightly Prickly with medium carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Medium body. Decent pairing for what the taste goes for. 3.5

(Overall) Bizarre Flavors make for a really hit-or-miss beer. It finds such a niche market that I really don't feel iT is worth seeking out by most craft beer lovers. In the end I find it to be average at best and won't seek it out again. 3

Jadjunk, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 2011 bottle served 12/28/2012.

Appearance: A deep amber, heavy bubbles on the body when you place it against the light. Orange tinted white head about a notch under a finger's length settling just a bit with even lacing.

Smell: At first sniff you will think this beer deserves more than a four in actuality because of how quick it let's go it basically average. A light yeast/bread scent. I like beers to have deep smell and this one lacks it. Light malts and yeast, VERY light.

Taste: This brew what it lacks in scent it truly makes up for it in taste. Drinking it and then I had realize via website that it is a BSPA is a conflict. It is something special in it's own way. Part IPA, part stout part BPA. It has yeast-chocolate paired with strong bitterness.

Mouth: Though not the smoothest it is well defined. It has a stickiness to it that you will not forget. Medium maybe light carbonation unique bitterness in the end that is priceless.

Overall: Very good...not because I say but because it is. I was fortunate to find a 2011 batch at my local distributor. Thank you Neal and Mike at Superstar Beverage, as this beer is coming to an end; blessing in a glass. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dirtinabottle, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, deep amber mahogany brownish red color with a nice fluffy slightly tan colored head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of spices such as cinnamon, grains of paradise and clove among others, dark fruits such as apple, a hint of plum, grape, banana, and a bit of hops. Interesting and complex, flavor, especially as the beer warms. It starts out with a slightly sweet and slightly roasted caramel malt flavor that immediately gives way to the aforementioned fruits and spices, that is rounded out with a touch of citrus hop bitterness. There is also a slight hint of salt and vinegar. This beer certainly does, in at least some degree, have a nice Merlot red wine like quality to it too. A very unique beer indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied, dry mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A slow sipper to be sure. To quote my friend Erich Lasher, who is one of the owners and bartenders at a favorite local bar of mine called La Cave Du Vin, "This beer...its weird!" Yes it is Erich, yes it is! In a good way too. I am quite curious to see what some agine does to the bottle I have in by cellar.

Eric

neenerzig, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

midlifec, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of jarrgal
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
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.

CHADMC3, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

blabaer, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

TastyIsBeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
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.

projectflam86, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +6.4%

patm1986, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +6.4%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +6.4%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of TubaDan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TubaDan, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light borwn colow with a thin tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent ammount of lace.

This beer has mild cinnimon aroma, with a slight chile aroms as well. I can detect some spice. Coriander, and allspice. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Some cinnimon and chile. Also some spices. It is all rather mild.

This beer is crisp and well carbonated. It leaves a cinnimon like aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor of this beer.

The beer might not make a decent session beer. It is too high in alcohol. The flavor is good though.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. I like that there have been more chile beers that taste good.

OStrungT, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours a wonderful ruby red, with a 3 inch off white head, not much lacing. Different color than I would have expected. Smell in banana, clove, coriander, a little spice from the peppers, and some carmel. Not a huge Belgian fan, but this is really nice. Taste has much more spice, than the smell would lead on. I feel like the nose and taste really match, except the burst of spice in the finish. Makes it seem a little hoppy. I like hot foods, so it doesn't bother me. The booze hides well. Body is on the larger side, but not giant. Good amount of life and approachable for it's abv. This is very interesting, so much tastier than 10/10/10, but just as unique. I expected very little because it isn't my favorite style, it delivered.

SawDog505, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of RuckusDu
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Looks nice with 2 finger khaki head. Body is dark reddish amber.

S - It is sweet and sour. A lot of Juicy Fruit and some dark notes of sour cherries.

T - Goes terribly wrong here. A mix of Juicy Fruit, bell pepper, sour milk, and wheat. Not good. Hits you in the back of the mouth with sour bitterness.

M - Decent job here. Nice balance between carbonation and thickness.

O - I don't know what happened to this beer. Everything is good about it except for the taste. Just funky.

RuckusDu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic about a year and one month after it was released. It is a tasty, fruity Belgian ale. The flavours from the grapes are quite strong but not unpleasant.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades quite fast. 4

S: It basically smells like a mixture of white wine and apple cider. Not unpleasant. 4

T: Malty with some residual sweetness. Definitely much grainier than I expected from the smell. Ripe fruit flavours are evident. The alcohol is evident in the aftertaste. 4

M: Lightly carbonated. 3.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass at friend's house. I was very excited to try this one out.

A: pomegranate-colored appearance; no head; no carbonation
S: sweet; vanilla, banana, bubble gum; quite promising
T: cinnamon is strong, but the chili pepper is not apparent; much like a pumpkin imperial; overly spiced

Sorry, but this felt like I was sucking an alcoholic cinnamon stick

Arithmeticus, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Irrationalist, Apr 29, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.