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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

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 300 | FT: 29
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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dmcdede

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2013 18:53:51 | More by dmcdede
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Charlie_Hoss

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-02-2013 18:14:58 | More by Charlie_Hoss
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sailorastro

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-02-2013 16:20:58 | More by sailorastro
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-02-2013 15:35:24 | More by ryser2k
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Dragon17

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-02-2013 13:26:45 | More by Dragon17
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mattyrubes

New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-02-2013 02:53:34 | More by mattyrubes
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PerHops

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Super black, very tiny head retention. Looks simply amazing for the style. Much darker than I expected.

S- There is a spice factory at work here. Where to begin? Cloves, cinnamon, allspice, with some dark fruit, molasses, and some bitter herb(s).

T- Follows the nose, sort of. I get much more tobacco, leather, coffee, but still spice driven. Semi sweet, with a somewhat dry, bitter finish.

M- A little more carbonated than what I expected. I would say this does work in the beers favor with how spice laden it is.

O- Pretty good beer, Looking forward to the bottle I am aging!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:34:28 | More by PerHops
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davelag

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-02-2013 01:01:22 | More by davelag
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-01-2013 22:51:34 | More by Lee_Hancock
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swungomonkey


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 22:49:26 | More by swungomonkey
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-01-2013 22:10:49 | More by kirkse
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bmoney

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 17:19:17 | More by bmoney
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2013 15:44:19 | More by csmartin6
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-01-2013 14:44:44 | More by nh2032
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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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chilidog

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 12:23:12 | More by chilidog
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, w/ semi beige cap and tight bead w/ opaque clarity

S Smell is strong and spicy w/ ginger and some festive Christmas spice like nutmeg
The malt odor ballasts w/ strong roast And fruity juniper berry tinged

M -thick bitter yet balanced with moderate sweetness and relatively low bitterness w/ mild roastiness and semi dry warming finish

T is spicy, tropical roasted nutty and bitter w/ hoppy pine and pepper w/ light cocoa and ginger notes w/ a hint of coffee and dark cherry

Overall an intense ride might be a good candidate for cellaring but is full of flavor and very drinkable as- is

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 11:03:03 | More by Slatetank
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Beermister

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2013 06:26:10 | More by Beermister
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a St. Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours an opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains very well then slowly recedes to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly patches of surface foam. Sticky lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Lots of Belgian spice that creates a sweet potpourri. Notes of clove, nutmeg, and ginger.

T- The spices erupt on the palate, so much so that's all you can taste for the first few sips. Afterwards, grainy roasted malts come through in the finish, but this is mostly spice driven. The Belgian yeast somewhat complements the sweet, flowery flavor profile, but I really just feel like i'm drinking an overly spiced Christmas ale.

M- Somewhat chalky but still viscous enough to keep things slick. Medium carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- This is the darkest spiced beer I've ever had. If it weren't for the dry mouthfeel and the amount of herbs used, this would be somewhat enjoyable. Instead, I recommend aging one to see if maybe some balance could be attained.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 05:07:58 | More by Immortale25
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-01-2013 03:44:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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rhino54

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 03:27:38 | More by rhino54
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2013 03:17:53 | More by rolltide8425
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kbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-01-2013 01:37:43 | More by kbrown
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz tulip glass

Appearance – Served a pitch black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a great level of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell and aromas of clove and cinnamon. Mixed with this there is a light sweetness of some chocolate as well as a light citrus hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor. As the taste advances further some sweet chocolate flavors come to the tongue. A coffee flavor and spice flavors of cinnamon and clove spice then develops in the taste, quickly following the fruit flavors. More toward the end, as the coffee and roast intensify some, a bitter hop flavor of a earthy and citrus nature comes to the tongue. These flavors, with a light alcohol flavor, create an odd bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average to slightly lower side for a 9% abv brew with a carbonation level that was rather average. The carbonation was good for keeping and making an easy drinking brew, although a slightly thicker body may have been nicer for the darker flavors.

Overall – Not really what I was expected in something that is labeled as a Belgian strong dark. It is roastier and hoppier then I would expect. It wasn't bad though as it did have quite nice transitions between a more initial roast, followed by a light sweet and spice and then finished with a hoppy flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 01:15:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 01:10:47 | More by xdefeatsy
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.