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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

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 327 | FT: 35
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 mattyrubes
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

mattyrubes, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of PerHops
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

PerHops, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of davelag
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

davelag, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Lee_Hancock, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of swungomonkey
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

swungomonkey, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kirkse, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bmoney, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

csmartin6, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -23.3%

nh2032, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jonmorgan
1/5  rDev -74.4%

jonmorgan, Jan 01, 2013
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 Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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

Slatetank, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Beermister
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Beermister, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Immortale25, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Gonzoillini, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rhino54, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

rolltide8425, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

kbrown, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

xdefeatsy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I run hot and cold on Stone but I thought I would try this. It pours very dark with a thin head that persists a bit. It has a spice aroma as you would expect, but it is a unique blend.

The taste is a bit medicinal. They overdid it. It could be that I am overexposed from all the holiday brews, but they have managed to overpower all the nice yeastiness this style could have given.

The aftertaste is OK - not as strong as the taste. So this is a miss, but I shouldn't be able to get it again.

schoolboy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it cool at Downtown Johnny Browns in San Diego, CA.

Let this thang sit out for a good 20 minutes off the tap and hot damn! Luscious dark textures and flavors that for some reason Raul cannot explain! A bit chile, a bit cinnamon... Get dis! Get dis now!

Raul approves!

RaulMondesi, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

crob3888, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Wishdiak, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Sludgeman, Dec 31, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.