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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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an inky black color with a very large, persistent tan head. Patchy concentrations of lacing mottle the glass. It looks more like an Imperial stout than a Belgian strong, but I'm not complaining.

S: The nose is powerfully assertive and redolent of cookies and chocolate cake. Dessert after dessert pops out of the glass: snickerdoodle cookies, bread pudding, hermit cookies, fruitcake, et al. Spicy and fruity scents abound. Fig, raisin, pear, green apples with cinnamon. This is one hell of a delicious nose.

T: A strong wave of spices and Belgian yeast envelope the palate on the attack. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are prominent. Clove both in person and from the yeast. Yeast itself lends earthy/nutty/chalky tastes. Mild fruity flavors of dried fig, raisin, and baked apples with cinnamon. Chocolate covered oranges and a touch of rosewater buried deeply. Malt flavors show some range. They start off cakey and chocolatey, then build into an aggressive roasted bite with tastes of burnt crust and smoke. Then they soften into charcoal, and back into German chocolate cake. Finishes bone dry and a touch yeasty with a fleeting taste of German chocolate cake and diminishing spices.

M: Very thick in the mouth with a robust, heavy body. Ultra creamy and smooth. Mild caressing carbonation.

O: This is the last of the Vertical Epic series, and Stone sure did go out with a bang. 12.12.12 seems very much like a spiced Belgian-style stout. Normally I'd get turned off by a beer that's spiced this much, but in this case the beer has enough body and oomph of its own to contain it. This should age like a champ too, so feel free to save a bottle until the next "end of the world" scare comes around.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:44:40 | More by ryan1788a5
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stonedarrogantbastard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-23-2012 01:40:48 | More by stonedarrogantbastard
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2012 01:06:07 | More by jplopez21
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switzer

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-23-2012 00:33:35 | More by switzer
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very deep black color with a fluffy brown colored foam on top. Very nice looking beer, very stout-like. The beer leaves a chunky lacing on the glass with a pretty good retention also. The smell of the beer is moderately spicy with a big amount of chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet, dark chocolate with some spice in there. The beer has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and heavy bodied, it finishes sticky and dense. Overall it's a good brew. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 22:12:57 | More by Knapp85
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, pours black with a frothy tan head; great retention & lace. Aromas are spicy, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, allspice, clove, dark roast malt, yeast. Tastes are complex with roasted malt, cinnamon, then allspice, then lots of lingering clove, nutmeg, banana, chocolate, coffee, orange zest, anise, booze, finishes semi-bitter & semi-dry. Feel is full bodied, creamy, smooth, nice carbonation allows complexity to shine through. Overall, I loved it for what it is, but the spices are too cumbersome. They take away from the yeast characteristics & drown out the other tasting notes. Nice way to finish off the epic line, although I saved none of them and drank the ones that I had fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:12:14 | More by barnzy78
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mzeld

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-22-2012 17:41:43 | More by mzeld
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-22-2012 17:32:33 | More by SaxmanRick
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AWL

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-22-2012 16:09:53 | More by AWL
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RebornStussy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 15:32:22 | More by RebornStussy
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Gregfalone

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven gastropub in pasadena. This beer pours from a cask pitch black with a pinky-finger of beige head that sticks around for a few minutes until disappearing into a thin ring. Swirl the beer and you rebuild a thin cap.

Smells like spices like clove and cinnamon. I think I detect some rosemary and other spices I cannot pin point.

This beer TASTES LIKE CHRISTMAS!!! Just like the smell, but stronger and sweeter, maybe brown sugar. Fantastic! I'm going out to try and find a few bottles tomorrow. I want to have this every Christmas

Feels very thick, and slick.

I can't find any fault with this one. It's FUCKING delicious

Serving type: cask

12-22-2012 08:11:34 | More by Gregfalone
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-22-2012 06:45:08 | More by twelveinches
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 06:16:47 | More by SadMachine
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-22-2012 04:48:33 | More by jagada
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sandiego67

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 04:24:59 | More by sandiego67
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Zorro

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black beer with a mediums sized brown head.

Smells spicy with a good holiday spice mix. Patent malt and clove, with oranges, and spruce needles. Coriander and licorice with mint and a strong dose of clove.

Starts out tasting of spice and patent malt, after taste is clove. Spruce, pine, clove, cinnamon. Some chocolate taste but the char of the malt is stronger. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is good. Still it is really a Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:11:33 | More by Zorro
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ajdemma

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-22-2012 02:58:19 | More by ajdemma
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yeti123

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-22-2012 02:20:28 | More by yeti123
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kew

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-22-2012 02:02:52 | More by kew
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Evan47

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 01:30:12 | More by Evan47
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2012 01:29:00 | More by Axnjxn
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-22-2012 00:59:35 | More by cdwil
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is it! After more than 10 years, the Vertical Epic series approaches the end. Much has happened since then; we have seen cell phones morph into smartphones, Stone beers being available at supermarkets, and we are all 10 years older. Reflect for a moment...
....and now on to the beer:

Ink black in the glass, topped with a small head with fair retention and a few strings of lace. The nose smells like mint and chocolate. Are they already in the Christmas spirit at Stone? A two-trick nose, but it's appetizing.

The taste offers a lot of fresh mint. A lot. Theere a big chocolate malt base which attempts to drown the spice. The combination works just enough, even though it's a little unbalanced. Its full body coats the inside of the mouth. Overall, it feels like a dessert beer (or if you're popping open the Vertical Epic series all at once, the dessert to your collection).

12.12.12 has its moments, though a little age couldn't hurt. How ironic, as the series is now officially closed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 23:33:37 | More by DoubleJ
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:09:09 | More by bluejacket74
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-21-2012 21:32:40 | More by Lantern
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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