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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

1,436 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 313 | 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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Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

vette2006c5r, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

sd123, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pecan, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
4.25/5  rDev +9%

pogoowner, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Tpsauer, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ColForbinBC, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of bmf5581
4.25/5  rDev +9%

bmf5581, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of vidisad
4.25/5  rDev +9%

vidisad, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.12.12

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hilights. A thin light brown head forms, lingers, and becomes a clump in the middle of the glass.

S - Spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamin, roses.

T - Spices dominate, same as the nose, bitter bready, floral, cinnamin finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of spices, shocking. This one should age well.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +9%

BeerOps, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ber12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ber12, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MarkyMOD, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

djrn2, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Puokie
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First review here, and what a beer to do it on.

Aggressive pour into tulip.

A: Pours a very dark, nearly black brown. Two fingers of creamy brown head. Head recedes quickly, leaving a tiny bit of sparkling lace.

S: Smells like Christmas. Nutmeg dominates the aroma, with cinnamon and allspice backing it up. A hint of citrus?

T: Tastes like it smells. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice up front. A small bit of citrus, barely noticeable. Finishes with a bit of welcomed bitterness with burnt dark chocolate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Very well hidden.

M: Small bubbles dancing on the tongue. Very nice. Only downside was it was a bit dry on the finish. Almost like a sparkling wine.

O: A great beer worth a pick up. Definitely an epic end to an epic run.

Puokie, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating The Final Chapter of the Verical Epic Series
And review # 200

P: Deep black abyss with foamy dark head.

S: Christmas time...Allspice, Chinese 5 spice, fruity banana esters, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T/M: Intense cinnamon, mace, dark roasted coffe, nutmeg, allspice and bananas. Citrus bitterness, roasted dry malts, and a super dry molasses finish. Body is full, not overly sweet and great prickly carbonation.

O: A super bold and intense flavorful beer to end the 11 year series. What a tremendous ride I took tasting all these terrific beers. This is a surely fantastic was to end the final chapter. I grabbed another bottle to enjoy later. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4/5  rDev +2.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

cwxc818, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.25/5  rDev +9%

TrevorWGrover, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9%

oriolesfan4, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

fehrminator, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark muddy brown with a grayish brown head

Loads of spice.. Nutmeg and cloves soft chalky orange

Taste is similar to nose with plenty of allspice and dry spiced slightly sweet flavors

Nice body and dry finish

Just an overly spiced holiday warmer.. Not great

TheMultiYeast, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, herbs, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a weird spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that isn't done very well in terms of the spices that come through in the flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.