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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

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 299 | FT: 28
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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Shamski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 05:03:44 | More by Shamski
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irishgreensoda

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 04:13:49 | More by irishgreensoda
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tangofox


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-26-2012 04:04:13 | More by tangofox
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-26-2012 02:21:11 | More by LarryMyers
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SDG1070

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 02:08:16 | More by SDG1070
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-26-2012 01:54:35 | More by JellyJacket
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-26-2012 01:19:05 | More by barbellsNbeers
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-26-2012 00:59:42 | More by jnikkel
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 00:15:14 | More by Bnoise11
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2012 00:05:24 | More by trevorpost
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sloelco

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-25-2012 22:37:10 | More by sloelco
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK...so here is the last of the series. I was never a huge fan of the vertical epics, but they were always interesting. Poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature.

A: Rich, opaque brown, with a creamy slick chocolate milk head that settles after a few minutes. Enticing looking.

S: A burned fruitcake, smokey nose dominates here. A hint of clove and bananna, and unsweetened chocolate. Interesting.

T: Silky chocolate malts mix midrange with dark fruits which show a depth in the midrange. I am picking up raisin and plum, mixed with expresso and bakers chocolate. The initial and midrange palate is surprisingly sweet, yet as we progress to the finish, the beer gains in bitterness and astringency that sucks moisture out of the mouth and leaves the tongue buzzing a bit. Clove and some mild christmas spicing is present throughout, but it isn't overpowering.

M: Mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. It is silky, creamy and lush.

O: Pretty decent brew and a nice finish to the series. It is an interesting bittersweet beer, that may be just a tad to bitter on the back end for my taste. It will be interesting to see what a bit of age does to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:44:45 | More by caddybuyer
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review taken Christmas Eve Night 2012(last night)

22 oz Brown bomber style bottle with Stone style label. back gives a story on this being the last of a great epic and a timeline of the vertical epic series. poured into an Abbey style glass.

A - dark as night and black. ruby Brown hints around the bottom. a nice Brown head with very good thickness leaving a brilliant ring of lace and some ridiculously slow stickiness.

S - big Christmas spices of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, rose hips, and clove. Orange peels and a fruitiness paired with a Belgian style yeast. sweet caramel and a touch of roasted malts.

T - crazy big cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg spices with light banana and clove. lovely Belgian style yeast esters. thick molasses and notes of citrus below the spices. roasted dark malts make up a dry finish.

M - full bodied and pretty thick coating the mouth. dry finish. extremely complex flavor while remaining almost perfectly balanced.

O - vertical epic series has been hit and miss for me, but saving this for last was well worth the wait. 12.12.12. is the perfect Belgian style Noel ale. flavorful and extremely Christmas like. I enjoyed this very much and while the vertical epic series ends, I hope Stone release this certain ale every December from here on out. it's just that good. Belgian Noel and Christmas in a bottle. I give a thank you to the Stone Brewing Company. this is one of the best Belgian style Christmas ales you'll ever get your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:32:18 | More by BradtheGreat7
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peabody

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out really dark and thick. Complete light blocker with 1/4 finger of tan suds that stick to the side of the glass. Nice lacing here.
Smell is Clove first then dark chocolate and raisin. Almost a cigar aroma but tending more towards the bread and date.
Taste is harsh and bitter at first then the coffee darkness sticks to the mouth leaving just a tad of sugary malt in it's wake. This beer isn't finished yet as the alcohol is way over the top.
Probably needs a year or two. Wished Stone would have made an IPA extradinaire for this release.
Mouthfeel is very dry and just a bit sticky.. The phenol afterburn sticks around in the throat for quite some time.
Overall this needs time to finish otherwise this is not a beer I would revisit ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:14:14 | More by peabody
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samturner

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-25-2012 19:48:55 | More by samturner
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2012 19:12:41 | More by bluntedboywonder
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2012 15:00:29 | More by Mark5252
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-25-2012 07:23:41 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter, first bottle of the '12 batch

Pours a solid black with a half finger of foam. No visible carbonation, alright retention and lacing. Smells of chocolate and cinnamon, clove, oranges, and a sweet malt. Spices really dominate the aroma, would be great except they're a bit over powering. Taste is pretty good, nice spicy clove up front, followed by some cinnamon and orange. Feel is full bodied with a nice dry finish. Overall an interesting beer, good around the holidays. 4s across the board. Got another in my cellar, I'll re-review ~1 year from now

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:10:04 | More by lordofstarside
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Yesdog

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2012 05:39:50 | More by Yesdog
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-25-2012 03:57:49 | More by RandyBoBandy
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danipp

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-25-2012 03:28:05 | More by danipp
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:44:05 | More by johnnnniee
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 12 12 poures a black color with a nice large tan head. Lots of lacing. There was a spicy aroma with notes of a ferminated malt. The taste had asome pronounced spicey flavor. Very strong malty backbone a bit boozey and had a sharpbitterness at the end. Good strong flavors. Overall a very good beer. simalr to the arrogrant bastard with a pronounced spicey flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 02:37:33 | More by vette2006c5r
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sd123

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-25-2012 02:27:23 | More by sd123
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.