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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

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 433 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

TubaDan, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Murrhey, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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

korguy123, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Buebie
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

Buebie, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +33.3%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of craftbeerasian
4.5/5  rDev +20%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

TastyIsBeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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 stealth
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad belgian. Dark reddish-orange appearance. Apparently there are chiles in this brew, but I did not pick them up at all, and that disappointed me a bit. Overall, it seemed a bit rough around the edges, but it was an pleasant drink none-the-less. Wish I could have experienced the chile-factor.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dirtinabottle, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of therica
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

therica, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Blanco, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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
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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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 JackieTH
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KCBeerNerd, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jsurfs82, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.