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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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very good

1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 355 | FT: 41
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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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%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a deeply dark brown with an almost creamy head of tan sitting on it. Retention isn't the greatest, dropping to a chunky film in about a minute. Decent lace.
Smell is malty with notes of clove and pepper.
Taste is exactly the same, malt with strong clove and black pepper notes.
Full bodied, lightly carbonated. Smoothish and somewhat drying. Warming as well.
A good beer but not one I would drink often as the clove is a bit too much.

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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%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i loved this beer, thought it was incredibly well made and more interesting and enjoyable than any others from this series. it was a perfect way to go out i thought, and i guzzled every drop. the pour is jet black, scary dark, with a rising lacey beige head. the nose is chocolate first, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, anise seed, and dried fruit. its so complex and layered its hard to capture everything thats going on in just one bomber. the flavor is just as hectic, more yeast and alcohol here than the smell, but with the same cast of characters. tobacco and licorice get a big nod, as does the dark chocolate. the finish is bone dry, almost chalky, which is odd for the color and the magnitude of this beer. easily one of the most complex beers ive had in ages, everything from molassas to raisins seem to come though one by one. i should absolutely get another bottle or two for cellaring, as this may get even better over time. thick as hell on the body, but carbonated enough to not be undrinkable. to me this makes the whole series worth it, and im real glad i got to try it. if you get the same chance, please dont pass this up, its too interesting and tasty for anyone who loves beer to not give it a shot. its like no other...

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a chilled tulip glass? Yes, it was poured.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out jet black with a lovely 1/4" deep khaki head. Head faded away quickly into pleasant creamy swirls on top.

-Smell 4.5: Amazing bouquet on this beer. So many levels. I detect star anise, mid-beta hops, malt, raisins, dates, leather...I could go on, but will not. Simply wonderful.

-Taste 4.0: Front is big and bold with a spicy punch of cloves and anise and up-front mild sweetness. Middle is peppery and malty with a nice level of sugars. I found the finish to be smooth with a mild hop bite and a different layer of spiciness. Aftertaste was long and featured several tastes including a mild licorice and toasted malt.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Good mouthfeel that accentuated the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Very good to excellent seasonal. I could see this beer becoming amazing and developing fantastic flavor profiles with aging. My one complaint is that it is a bit too syrupy sweet for my tastes. The aging would, of course, remedy this situation. Nonetheless, this is a beer that you should not pass up, just muster up the strength to stick it in a dark corner for a year or so before drinking.

Photo of Buckmaister
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 -
Drank out of a goblet at ~55 degrees

A very dark brown...almost the same color as black coffee.
A smell of apricots, oak, raisins and fermented fruits. It has a smell unlike most any other beers I've smelled before. It just smells...dark & mysterious.

A bitter taste at first but not too bitter to offend. It does have the slightest taste of black coffee.
A real easy feel on the tongue. A slight carbonation is appealing.

Drinakability is great! No build-up of bitterness after several mouthfuls.

A good beer. Difficult to tell just what was in it, but in a way it didn't matter. It went down smooth and was enjoyable to drink. It's a beer you want to take your time with and enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SassieCassie
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has such a well balanced spice complex going on. You can pick them all out as they hit your palate and none of them are competing. I know that this is hard to do when adding spice to beer. I expected less and got more! Poured into a tulip glass, a dark brown color with a decent head. I have to say this is my favorite Stone brew to date, great job!

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.