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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,426 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 306 | FT: 32
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

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

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.4%

01-01-2013 12:42:25 | More by jonmorgan
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insidetheoutside

Kentucky

1/5  rDev -74.4%

03-01-2014 13:56:31 | More by insidetheoutside
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dmsohyea

California

1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

07-03-2013 23:38:19 | More by dmsohyea
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Filabee

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

04-28-2014 22:13:01 | More by Filabee
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

1.4/5  rDev -64.1%

Very pretty looking beer but that is where the fun stops. Real nice black color too it, great dark tan head that sticks around for a bit. I smell mostly clove and some other spices thrown in. The taste at first was smooth coffee but with too many spices thrown in. That was when it was really cold, the flavors were subdued. As it warmed, dear lord. Yuck. The clove and spices began to just overwhelm the whole thing. Tastes like liquid black jack gum. Just plain awful. Can't really judge mouthfeel when I am wreching. Overall way too many spices. Just plain gross. Maybe with a few years of age this would mellow into something decent.

01-22-2013 00:51:35 | More by TheBeerWolf
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kscaldef

Oregon

1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

08-13-2013 16:47:15 | More by kscaldef
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

1.55/5  rDev -60.3%

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, thick chocolate brown with a thin dark tan head. Aroma of gingerbread, licorice, molasses, burnt bread, and stale rubber. Flavor is... wrong. Clash of sweet gingerbread, grab bag spices from the potpourri aisle in the crafts store from hell I've never been to, "balanced" by a light burnt ash, bad coffee and rubber taste that mixes with the sweet like oil and water. Syrupy and sweet, vile throughout. Joke is on us with this series of beers as the early beers that we feared wouldn't hold up were at least tolerable. The last few year's releases that experimented with random additions were on the whole undrinkable. And this... thing.

01-13-2013 19:40:13 | More by yourefragile
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.65/5  rDev -57.7%

Dark black with a less than one finger tan head with good retention for the abv, and spotty lacing. Looks more like an Imperial Stout than a BSDA. The aroma has cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. The aroma of the spices is so strong, that I can't smell anything else. I like these aromas in pumpkin beers, but the aromas here are much stronger than the aromas in pumpkin beer, and are way too strong in my opinion.

The taste is dominated by the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, all of which are way too strong. There is a combination of sweetness from the spices, and charred roasted malt which clash with each other badly. Whoever thought these flavors would work well together was badly mistaken.

Medium bodied with too much carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. The aftertaste is similar to brushing your teeth ,then eating peppermint candy while drinking coffee. I usually like or love almost everything Stone makes, but this is a huge exception. I'm glad I didn't buy more than one. of these. This beer does not resemble a Belgian Strong Dark Ale in any way.

06-19-2013 01:22:09 | More by hardy008
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xdtfx

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -55.1%

08-11-2013 19:20:38 | More by xdtfx
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dfernandez77

California

1.75/5  rDev -55.1%

appearance: Dark impenetrable, ample dark tan head that lasts well.

aroma: Wood char, cinnamon, allspice, clove, dried old rose bouquet, ashy mineral character. No yeast ester to speak of. Minimal malt/sweetness.

flavor: Char, heavy roast, overpowering burnt Christmas potpourri, dried stale roses, ashtray burnt character.

mouthfeel: Thick body, though dry and ashy/astringent. Finish is long unpleasant wood char.

overall impression: Unpleasant in many ways. I really tried to find a reason to like it. I even let it warm to see if more malt or something redeeming would arise – and finally dumped half of it.

12-14-2012 00:54:41 | More by dfernandez77
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.7%

04-19-2014 11:05:22 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Bustersuess

New York

2/5  rDev -48.7%

06-17-2013 05:24:11 | More by Bustersuess
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BDstripp

Florida

2/5  rDev -48.7%

05-08-2013 02:15:35 | More by BDstripp
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WKole81

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.7%

05-25-2013 12:24:58 | More by WKole81
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IrishColonial

Texas

2/5  rDev -48.7%

07-14-2013 19:13:32 | More by IrishColonial
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polshgiant

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.7%

01-07-2013 03:22:04 | More by polshgiant
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chazasu

Oregon

2/5  rDev -48.7%

12-14-2012 04:08:45 | More by chazasu
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Honus1

Ohio

2/5  rDev -48.7%

12-17-2012 04:15:28 | More by Honus1
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tooth_decay

California

2/5  rDev -48.7%

08-16-2013 03:28:35 | More by tooth_decay
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drewfull

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -48.7%

10-26-2013 18:41:07 | More by drewfull
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -47.9%

Very dark almost black beer. If I hold it up to the light, I can see a slight brownish red tint. No head, just some momentary fizz.

Strong clove in the aroma. Some sweetness. I'm not picking up much else in the aroma.

Way too heavy on the spice flavors. Tastes like I'm drinking a spice rack. A mouth full of cloves. Nasty.

Medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

Really not impressed with this beer. I'm glad I didn't cellar it for a long time and finally drink a bottle of cloves after years. Though, maybe the spice character would have faded after a while.... I'll never know.

02-26-2013 12:47:08 | More by UnderPressure
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braugon

Connecticut

2.05/5  rDev -47.4%

Not a favorite here. I'd heard such great things about others in this series, and love Stone beers. March is definitely not an ideal time of year for this one. The appearance was dark/black, the nose, mostly clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, the taste reminded me of when I ate a tablespoon of nutmeg as a bored teenager. I don't usually like heavy spice beers, and this one says right on the side of the bottle it is an Ale with Spices, so no one to blame but myself here. Overall, just too spiced for me.

03-20-2013 12:15:40 | More by braugon
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Dunes


2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

02-12-2013 23:01:26 | More by Dunes
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thefluker

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

07-14-2013 13:04:19 | More by thefluker
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harrylee773

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

01-14-2013 01:57:58 | More by harrylee773
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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.