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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

1,510 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 346 | FT: 38
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of wander4
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!....

Photo of milty908
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%

Photo of beerdrifter
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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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  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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 sommersb
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.