Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sommersb:
3.55/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Tasted On: 12-27-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville
Appearance has a finger's worth of tan head on a black and opaque beer. Retention is pretty low but there is a nice amount of sticky lace.
Smells are very interesting and layered, with the first impression of spice notes such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Also has a big floral aroma, plus dark fruits like fig. Certainly smells like a spiced holiday ale.
The taste is hard to describe...I get roasted malt bitterness as well as an earthy and slightly smokey bitter element. Other flavors are of bittersweet chocolate and a sharp, woody aspect with a bit of unpleasant astringency.
The mouthfeel is medium to full in body, showing some alcohol heat. Carbonation is average. The finish is of dark roasted grains and is very dry, with some vegetable aftertastes.
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this Vertical Epic version. The dry and roasted bitterness didn't seem to go well with a Belgian spiced ale. I think it lacks malt character and sweetness for this to work.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 04:55:38 | More by sommersb
More User Reviews:
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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