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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

1,526 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 359 | FT: 39
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:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,526 | Reviews: 298
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass. Pours a very dark red brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark sweet malt and holiday spicing; cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves; slightly herbal. Flavor is pleasant roasted malt, similar spicing as aroma, chocolate, finishing with cloves, cinnamon, licorice and roasted, almost charred malt and coffee. Medium bodied with nice creaminess. This is an excellent winter warmer and perhaps one of my favorites winter ale and favorite among the Verticals. I will be picking up a few more bottles of this. A perfect and seasonal end for the series. I hope they do another series like this.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass...last bottle of the series.

A - Dark, dark brown color, nearly opaque, a finger of mocha head with good staying power, lots of foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, coffee. Very spicy and Christmasy.

T - Bitter hops, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate.

M - Medium body, spicy, herbal, cool, Christmasy

O - Good spiced Christmas beer, spices are heavy especially coming after a large number of beers to taste in this series. A bit slow and difficult drinker. Spices are good, but this beer is probably best in small quantities.

Photo of Mick-e-d
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brewtus
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours very dark brown, pretty much black with a short lived light tan head
S- great holiday smell, rosemary, pine, some cinnamon, malty and roast. Hint of vanilla.
T/M- very smooth for the style, tons of crisp piney freshness, spiced cinnamon and nutmeg, backed up by nice Belgian sweet maltiness. Some vanilla and maybe a little black licorice.
O- im nnot a big fan of spice forward dark ales like this, but dang this is really enjoyable. Very good one for the holidays. Amazing balance of malt, hops, not overly spiced but not overly sweet either. Glad I sampled it before it disappears off shelves, ill grab one for the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of searsclone
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap in a snifter.

dark brown color with a good tan head and really good lacing

smell and taste are very similar. nutmeg, pumpkin, and spice. smells and tastes like a pumpkin beer, but doesn't drink like one. I don't particularly care for pumpkin beers, but this one was very easy to drink. Creamy mouthfeel, nice balance, smooth, smooth, smooth.

I was lucky to find this on tap and am really glad I got to try it. I liked this more than the 11, which is the only other that I have tried.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BobZ
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark rich brown with a nice initial 2" head that quickly recedes to a cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon, clove, & gingerbread. The aroma is spice forward, very spice forward.

Taste: Follows the nose cinnamon and gingerbread dominate, the normal dark fruit flavors present in a Belgian strong dark ale are muted underneath the layer of spice.

Mouthfeel: Relatively clean; however, the spice lingers here too with some heat in the finish.

Overall: Definitely a Christmas beer or a winter warmer in character. A pretty decent beer but a little heavy handed on the spices. Some age may do a nice job in "calming it down", I might pick up another bottle to put in the cellar.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hondo3
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a growler into a 20oz Weizen glass. Beautiful 1/2" choclatey tan head that fades rather quickly with good lacing. Beer is a rich, choclatey brown to black.

S - Simply incredible. I've brewed with clove before and there is a distinct clove smell present. Some floral and cinnamon also.

T - I'm in heaven. Definite clove, chocolate, coffee present. Mild bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Smooth. Very smooth. Extremely drinkable.

This is what could be considered "A freaking good beer". It's a shame it will only be a limited production offering. My local supplier currently has this on tap but they also have a good supply in the 22oz bottle variety. Time to make an investment for the future!....

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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose smells almost like a hefeweizen with cloves, nutmeg, bananas, bread smell. Pours pitch black with near zero light shining through even if held up to a lightbulb. Initial taste like a belgian quad, with alcohol balanced through malty chocolaty sweetness. Then the heavy roasted bitterness shines on the aftertaste, lingering for a long time on the palate. Mouth feel is surprisingly light, making you think this might be a good session beer.

This is a great Belgian Porter to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,526 ratings.