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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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very good

1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 429 | FT: 19
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 kodt
4/5  rDev +6.4%

kodt, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dirtinabottle, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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 ccozzi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lanstrum, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +6.4%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

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 vandemonian
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A - This beer pours a dark crimson color that has some nice clarity. There are about two fingers of off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves a small sheet of lace behind on the glass. There are some visible rising carbonation bubbles as well.

S - The nose has a big malty presence. There are some aromas of banana, clove, and cinnamon. I am also getting some caramel, a little bit of the chili, and a tiny hop presence in the background.

T - The taste starts off with a malty backbone, and the chills finally decide to show themselves. There are some nice fruity flavors, as well as some banana, clove, and cinnamon. I am also getting some honey, some mild hop flavor, a touch of booze, pepper, and some other spices. There is a lot going on in the taste here. The finish leaves some lingering anaheim chili, cinnamon, and belgian yeast.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some background sweetness, but there are a lot of spices going on between the clove from the belgian yeast, the cinnamon, and the chili peppers. There is a little bit of mild hop bitterness. There is a little bit of dryness on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. The high ABV will sneak up on you, but it is such an interesting beer that I want to keep drinking it. Overall, I think this is a good and very unique beer. The anaheim chili peppers are barely noticeable in the nose, but definitely come alive in the taste. All the flavors really work well together, from the banana and clove from the belgian yeast, to the cinnamon and the chili peppers. It just all came together to make a really interesting and unique beer. I think this is definitely worth checking out. I enjoyed it, and I am curious as to what a year of aging will do to this one.

JizackFH, Jan 06, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

AlexChillton, Nov 19, 2011
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1.55/5  rDev -58.8%

On tap, served in a 12oz wine glass at Martin City Brewing Company.

This beer pours a mahogany brownish red with a big 3 inch cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. The best thing I can say about the aroma is that its definitely interesting. I would define it like a dunkelweizen that has been dry hopped with dates, coco nibs and chilies. Not good. Banana, clove, bubble gum, dates, chocolate and chili's all mixed together. I feel like I need to douche my nose. The taste is horrible. Every thing in the aroma is just amplified by about 10. Easily the worst tasting beer I've ever had from Stone. It's aweful. As in I'm in awe of how bad a beer Stone produced. The mouthfeel is oily. While it had a nice carbonation when pouring, its almost like none was absorbed into the beer itself. Stone tries to pack this beer of flavors and just completely misses the mark. I was only able to finish about 5oz of the 12oz I was served.

hwwty4, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

user785335, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of RuckusDu
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

HopsintheSack, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TastyIsBeer, Dec 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ssjkyle, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

July2Nov, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

WritersBlock, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

videofrog, Mar 05, 2012
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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