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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,326 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1326
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-05-2012)
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Reviews by dfillius:
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dfillius

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 500th review!
Poured into a pint
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger dark tan head with fair retention. Clear dark brown to black liquid. Porter-colored. Better head retention please.
S: Fennel, clove, cinnamon. SLIGHTLY Belgian. A Belgian winter warmer? Some booze on warming. A tad 1-dimensional
T: Clove, something a tad astringent. Bitter finish. Chocolate comes in way late at first as an after-after-taste. Spicy open doesn't jive at first with the bitter hops finish. Chocolate is more pronounced in later sips, shows up earlier too. It serves to unite the spice and hops later on. Much better and more unified at 45-ish degrees. Some booze comes through slightly at 55-ish degrees. It reminds me of Nogne O/Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale without juniper.
M: Definitely dry. Bitter. Very dry! A bit too bitter. I appreciate the dryness.
O: A tasty brew that is solid but doesn't wow. Not anti-climactic for the series, but not serving to go out with a bang. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:32:11 | More by dfillius
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Stone Escondido on 4/3/14

A-Pours a very dark stout like color, black with a medium creamy brown head.

S-A nose of spices, anise, and clove.

T-The flavor is nutmeg, sweet spices, and some banana.

M-The mouthfeel is medium-thick and coats well. Decent carbonation this beer is very stout like.

O-Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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vicg12

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2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Not impressed with this offering from Stone. Must be said that the beer is getting pretty old now, but I saw it on the shelf at a local brew store so I had to give it a try. The pour is beautiful, beer is very dark and puts off a rich chocolate color head; leaves a decent lace. The smell smacks you in the face with an aroma of cinnamon, allspice and another spice I can't put my finger on. The taste is what you would expect from the smell with a strong presence of cinnamon and allspice with an after-note of cloves, but the most predominate flavor is that of bitters! In my opinion this is not a good flavor for a beer. It just takes away from the fact that you are actually drinking a really well brewed beer. You concentrate on this overpowering spice pallet that leaves you forgetting that this taste is actually coming from a beer. Really complex flavor and I appreciate what they were trying to accomplish here, just not my cup of tea. Worst beer I have had from Stone. If I wanted to drink bitters I would have ordered a Prohibition style cocktail, so please, keep it out of my beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 13:17:32 | More by vicg12
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.