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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

1,426 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 306 | FT: 32
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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vidisad

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-24-2012 07:12:46 | More by vidisad
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -9%

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.

12-24-2012 06:47:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-24-2012 05:14:55 | More by BeerOps
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ber12

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-24-2012 02:31:44 | More by ber12
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2012 01:55:49 | More by MarkyMOD
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 23:37:26 | More by djrn2
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Puokie


4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

12-23-2012 22:40:19 | More by Puokie
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

12-23-2012 20:32:27 | More by Hopswagger
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-23-2012 19:35:04 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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cwxc818

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 18:23:38 | More by cwxc818
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TrevorWGrover

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-23-2012 05:05:02 | More by TrevorWGrover
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-23-2012 04:39:54 | More by oriolesfan4
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fehrminator

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-23-2012 04:25:24 | More by fehrminator
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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

12-23-2012 04:20:14 | More by TheMultiYeast
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

12-23-2012 04:07:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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RespertFTW

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 02:05:37 | More by RespertFTW
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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%

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.

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

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.