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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

1,328 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1328
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%


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 rapidsequence:
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle to tulip. $7 or 8 from Neds.

Appearance: Its pitch black with a darkish brown head. Leaves some really nice lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast aromas and a big "womp" of spice as they say on the bottle. The smell makes me fear its overspiced.

Taste: So, this is not an "abbey-ish" ale as the bottle claims. Its a spicy Belgian stout. Really spicy. Collision of pumpkin pie and Christmas spice. I always find orange peel unwelcome in beer and this is no different. Finishes with roasty malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Soft, slightly foamy, then dry on the finish. Too dry for the style, whatever style this is.

Overall: They definitely should not have done this. They need to throw away all their spices and stick to making good beer without all this stupid shit. That said, this is not terrible, actually kind of enjoyable, just wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:01:08 | More by rapidsequence
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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.

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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.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.