Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dfillius:
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
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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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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