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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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very good

1,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 317 | FT: 34
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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Photo of psmith161
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

psmith161, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

videofrog, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

WritersBlock, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of briandaube
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

briandaube, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jsurfs82, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

tkdchampxi, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

JellyJacket, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ristaccia, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark muddy brown with a grayish brown head

Loads of spice.. Nutmeg and cloves soft chalky orange

Taste is similar to nose with plenty of allspice and dry spiced slightly sweet flavors

Nice body and dry finish

Just an overly spiced holiday warmer.. Not great

TheMultiYeast, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black pour with one finger tan head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Huge spicy, herbal nose with hints of cinnamon, gingerbread, clove, and nutmeg. The taste is much the same with a complex collection of spices coming through. Loads of cinnamon, clove, and gingerbread dominate along with hints of fig, chocolate, burnt coffee, subtle oak, molasses, tobacco, licorice, and just a touch of orange peel. The mouthfeel is oily, syrupy, and slightly thick and chewy with a fairly dry finish. For me, this is more of a winter warmer or Christmas beer than it is a Belgian Dark. But that's not a bad thing. Although I felt it was a little heavy on the spices, it was still unique and very tasty.

beerdrifter, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tastymug, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

blabaer, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

csmartin6, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Skunkdrool, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Booner818, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of chilidog
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on the 12th to be opened new years eve. Poured into a stone vertical epic glass.

It pours very dark, black. A thin, film like tan head that disapates quickly. Lace is nice but also fades quickly.

Aroma of dark roasted malts and spice.

A taste of charred malts, roasted if you will. Toasty biscuit with holiday spice, cinnamon, nutmeg with a hint of citris peel and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and left a slight alcohol dry with a sweet malt coat.

Overall a bitter sweet end of a series, glad I got another in cellar for next year.
V.E. it's been a fun ride!

chilidog, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of JRed
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in body with mocha bubbly head that turns to a thin film. Wonderful bouquet of allspice, nutmeg, rose hips, and gingerbread. Wow. Tastes of cocoa nibs, allspice, nutmeg, earth, burnt toast, ground chocolate powder, subtle booze towards the finish with tobacco ash. As it warms, more citrus notes become available. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The sweet and char balance is amazing. Aroma is delicious and then the flavor smacks ya around nicely. Completely unexpected but beautiful. The perfect ending.

JRed, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stone’s 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale opens to a spicy nose that would not seem out of place in a Christmas or pumpkin ale: nutmeg, clove, toasted cinnamon, and bitter orange peel mix with an assortment of fruit esters (dates, raisins, maraschino cherries), the end result bearing a striking resemblance to handcrafted fruitcake. These are joined by thick molasses and honey, adding both darker and sweeter sugars, and touches of vanilla and spiced rum add hints of oaky liquors. Add to this a dash of thick brown breads, some pepper, a smidgen of anise, and a shade of toasted pecan, and you have an excellent holiday brew, bearing one of the better bouquets on the market for a spiced winter ale.

On the tongue, the resemblance to fruitcake continues, with an almost direct translation of the spice and fruit notes from the aroma, though here the flavors do take on a darker, more earthy note, as if the crust of the fruitcake were slightly burnt (in a good way). The cloves and allspice notes are especially present in the fruits, and the molasses overtakes the honey, adding scads of dark, near-burnt sugars, which mix nicely with an ashy undertone that emerges mid-mouthful. In subsequent sips much of the original notes are retained, with perhaps an even slightly greater edge given to black, crispy bread crusts. But still, enough sugars remain to add nice levels of sweetness, and the fruits bring dark notes that mix well with everything. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, lingering on the tongue in fruitcake goodness for a very long time. It is mainly here that the 9% ABV comes through, bringing a wash of alcoholic vapors, but those still mingle well with the fruitcakes. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent ale, and it’s a shame that Stone is only making this once, since it’s difficult to imagine anyone getting a winter spiced ale to be better than this one. The flavors are immaculately balanced, the ingredients carefully chosen, and the result is amazing. Grab it while you can.

jondeelee, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ambruns1979, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ScaryEd, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a thick cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. A variety of aromas: dark chocolate, dark fruit, orange zest, dark malt, and spice. On the heavier side of medium bodied with slightly delayed, dense, rich carbonation. Clove, cinnamon, and pepper flavors are dominant throughout. Dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors beneath. A subtle hop bite near the end as this finishes with a spicy aftertaste. The spice flavors are a bit overwhelming. Would be interesting to see if the flavor balance improves over time.

IronLover, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

MNBeer1017, Nov 26, 2013
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.