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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

1,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 322 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

barbellsNbeers, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jnikkel, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bnoise11, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

trevorpost, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of caddybuyer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

caddybuyer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

BradtheGreat7, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

peabody, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

samturner, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mark5252, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

FlussigkeitMut, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

lordofstarside, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Yesdog, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

RandyBoBandy, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

danipp, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 25, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

vette2006c5r, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

sd123, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone's Vertical Epic Ale glass.

Pour: What looks like a stout or porter with an intense dark brown to black color with a good two fingers amount of head. The head was of a rich chocolate shake color and appeared to be "soft" for lack of a better word. The look of this is very nice.

Smell: First impression is of holiday spice cookies and does remind me of Christmas. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, roast and interestingly way in the back some tobacco. There is some coffee and chocolate mixed in.

Taste: Very reminiscent of a stout or porter and quite roasty and malty. There is a noticeable espresso-cocoa note with a some wonderful sweet dark spices. Now the spices are similar to the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It does taste like a gingerbread cookie with a touch of milk chocolate on top. It finishes quite dry and a bit bitter with a ton of spices still in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy and smooth and full bodied. A wonderful feeling beer for a cold Christmas eve here in Chicago. The alcohol heat that is present is faint at best and does warm the chest as I swallow.

Overall: I very much enjoyed this beer. I don't think this beer fits any specific category but that is what makes it work for me. It is a mixture of a few beers with an awesome spice profile that keeps me sipping.

sleuthdog, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pecan, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

pogoowner, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Tpsauer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a very dark brown with just a thin layer of tan lace around the top

S-roasted malt, dark coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and Christmas spices

T-roasted coffee and malt, chewy dark bread, chocolate, and a decent amount of spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very dry bitter finish

Overall a nice winter/holiday beer and a good way to finish up the series

ksimons, Dec 24, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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