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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

1,453 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 325 | 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 KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 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 TicoCali
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TicoCali, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of briiguy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

briiguy, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

dtx00, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

flyersfan900, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try the last in this annual series.Poured into a chalice a deep dark chocolate color...nearly black with a creamy one finger deep beige head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Deep mulling spice in the nose along with alcohol sweetness and a little earth.Full chewey feel to beer and really smooth,top notch there.The spice starts out like it might overpower the beer with nutmeg really standing out but a big earthy dryer finish kicks in just in time to give it balance.This is a big allspice and nutmeg spiced bomb but the earthy dry finish is a perfect foil up against it,a great beer.

oberon, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

cmuir24, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

jrfehon33, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lanstrum, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Joshvswild
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Joshvswild, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jmick28, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-27-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance has a finger's worth of tan head on a black and opaque beer. Retention is pretty low but there is a nice amount of sticky lace.

Smells are very interesting and layered, with the first impression of spice notes such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Also has a big floral aroma, plus dark fruits like fig. Certainly smells like a spiced holiday ale.

The taste is hard to describe...I get roasted malt bitterness as well as an earthy and slightly smokey bitter element. Other flavors are of bittersweet chocolate and a sharp, woody aspect with a bit of unpleasant astringency.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body, showing some alcohol heat. Carbonation is average. The finish is of dark roasted grains and is very dry, with some vegetable aftertastes.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this Vertical Epic version. The dry and roasted bitterness didn't seem to go well with a Belgian spiced ale. I think it lacks malt character and sweetness for this to work.

sommersb, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of farrago
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick two to three finger head of mostly medium to larger bubble sizes, moderate dimpling, very dark brown in color, excellent retention with wispy but tenacious lacing. The liquid itself is pure coal black and entirely opaque, can’t see a single bubble in it. The nose is like walking into a bakery, rich chocolate, mocha and coffee, ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg spices, vanilla and cola, fruity in a fruitcake way like raisins, dates and nuts, some sweet breadiness too, pine and sour orange notes scurry about in the background, more hops in there than you’d think at first, especially as it warms. Full-bodied, the creamy texture helps it coat the palate as that cavalcade of baking spices dance about to create a wonderful inner mouth perfume. The chocolate could not get richer if it tried, you might as well cram a German chocolate cake down your throat. The coffee tartness provides some balance, luckily the yeastiness more drying than softening. Given its density, kudos for the carbonation even reaching the discernible stage. Mint, anise and lilacs add a touch of makeup. The prune to plum, golden raisin, fig, cherry fruit never gets too sweet and actually stays in the shadows. This beer tastes like December during the holidays.

farrago, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zapahoppa, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JRHeikk, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pandatron, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

brewsadedotcom, Dec 28, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a deeply dark brown with an almost creamy head of tan sitting on it. Retention isn't the greatest, dropping to a chunky film in about a minute. Decent lace.
Smell is malty with notes of clove and pepper.
Taste is exactly the same, malt with strong clove and black pepper notes.
Full bodied, lightly carbonated. Smoothish and somewhat drying. Warming as well.
A good beer but not one I would drink often as the clove is a bit too much.

PorterLambic, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JALIEN, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

hickmancase, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jnjander, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i loved this beer, thought it was incredibly well made and more interesting and enjoyable than any others from this series. it was a perfect way to go out i thought, and i guzzled every drop. the pour is jet black, scary dark, with a rising lacey beige head. the nose is chocolate first, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, anise seed, and dried fruit. its so complex and layered its hard to capture everything thats going on in just one bomber. the flavor is just as hectic, more yeast and alcohol here than the smell, but with the same cast of characters. tobacco and licorice get a big nod, as does the dark chocolate. the finish is bone dry, almost chalky, which is odd for the color and the magnitude of this beer. easily one of the most complex beers ive had in ages, everything from molassas to raisins seem to come though one by one. i should absolutely get another bottle or two for cellaring, as this may get even better over time. thick as hell on the body, but carbonated enough to not be undrinkable. to me this makes the whole series worth it, and im real glad i got to try it. if you get the same chance, please dont pass this up, its too interesting and tasty for anyone who loves beer to not give it a shot. its like no other...

StonedTrippin, Dec 27, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.