Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by opwog:
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
On Cask at Beachwood Long Beach
I haven't yet had this from the bottle or on regular tap, so I am not sure if the cask varied at all with maybe extra spicing, but this was a massive holiday spice bomb. It reminded me of a kicked up Anchor Christmas Ale, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about holiday spice in your beer. I generally love holiday ales, but for me Anchor is about the ceiling of where I want my spices. This became a bit overwhelming just to get through a half cask pour (10 oz). Cinnamon takes over and for me it affected the mouthfeel of what was otherwise a beer that seemed a natural fit for cask. I am sure that park of this may also be from cocoa or some other ingredients, but cinnamon is so prominent that it is all that I was imagining when I felt a chalkiness across my tongue. The spices distract from any Belgian characteristics and also hide any heat from the ABV. Pretty girthy beer, as well.
I want to try this now in bottle and tap to see if maybe extra spices were used in the cask. Enjoyable in small quantities and if the bottles or regular keg have the spice pulled back a bit, then it might be more enjoyable for myself.
Had regular keg of this and it is still a holiday spice bomb, but slightly less spicy than the cask and where cinnamon had dominated the flavor of the cask, clove dominated on tap. I don't know if there was different or additional spicing for the cask or if the spices just came out differently between the two sources.
Serving type: cask
12-12-2012 20:16:18 | More by opwog
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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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