Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MistahBeah:
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Obsidian. Not much of a head. More of a mocha colored film on top. Not much lace. Just a thin ring of khaki around the rim
Aroma: Well they were going for Belgian Christmas and they nailed it. Lots of cloves and cinnamon. Some nutmeg and allspice. Gingerbread. Not really picking up the orange zest. Maybe faintly. Some molasses and lots of roasted malt. Very nice
Taste: Big roasty malt. Lots of spice but mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Good amount of cloves. Some bitter chocolate. Belgian yeast. Dry alcohol. Would be awesome in winter. A bit out of place in June but that's my own damn fault
Mouthfeel: Very smooth but very spicy. Also really drying. Very little carbonation
Overall: Stone accomplished what they intended to do here for the most part. This is a pretty nice brew and it makes me long for winter but overall a little too dry. I haven't tried any of the other vertical epics so I'm not sure how this stacks up but I'm happy I got to try this
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 04:03:00 | More by MistahBeah
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4.09/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Got this 22 oz bottle from Jack's Wine Sense in Ewing, NJ. Didn't realize it but it was bottled on 11-14/12. (Over a year old)
A - Deep dark brown, almost black. A little light coming through. A tall, frothy, sticky tan head.
S - Spiced molasses, licorice. Winter spice cake, toffee candy.
T - Ginger snaps all the way. Burnt sugar, molasses, spiced muffins. Copious amounts of fall/winter spices but way better than any "pumping ale" I've had in regards to those flavors. The caramelized sugars, and dark sweetness balances the assertive spices.
M - Creamy and slick, semi viscous. Medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation.
O - Wouldn't consider it a BSDA but it's really delicious. Sweet but not cloying, spiced but balanced.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 02:13:58 | More by BeerForMuscle
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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