Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +9%
Inky black beer with a mediums sized brown head.
Smells spicy with a good holiday spice mix. Patent malt and clove, with oranges, and spruce needles. Coriander and licorice with mint and a strong dose of clove.
Starts out tasting of spice and patent malt, after taste is clove. Spruce, pine, clove, cinnamon. Some chocolate taste but the char of the malt is stronger. Mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall it is good. Still it is really a Christmas beer.
12-22-2012 03:11:33 | More by Zorro
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
This is it! After more than 10 years, the Vertical Epic series approaches the end. Much has happened since then; we have seen cell phones morph into smartphones, Stone beers being available at supermarkets, and we are all 10 years older. Reflect for a moment...
....and now on to the beer:
Ink black in the glass, topped with a small head with fair retention and a few strings of lace. The nose smells like mint and chocolate. Are they already in the Christmas spirit at Stone? A two-trick nose, but it's appetizing.
The taste offers a lot of fresh mint. A lot. Theere a big chocolate malt base which attempts to drown the spice. The combination works just enough, even though it's a little unbalanced. Its full body coats the inside of the mouth. Overall, it feels like a dessert beer (or if you're popping open the Vertical Epic series all at once, the dessert to your collection).
12.12.12 has its moments, though a little age couldn't hurt. How ironic, as the series is now officially closed.
12-21-2012 23:33:37 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +2.6%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, orange peel, roasted malt, cloves, and some dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, chocolate, roasted/charred malt, and some dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. I liked this brew, not a bad way to end the Vertical Epic series. $8.99 a bottle.
12-21-2012 23:09:09 | More by bluejacket74
3.18/5 rDev -18.5%
The last in the Vertical Epic series!
Pours out black with a decent amount of fluffy, mocha head.
The aroma is dominated by allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove along with some ginger. There are some bready notes and a subtle amount of chocolate.
The taste is also very spice dominated. There is a ton of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, ginger and subtle amounts of orange, chocolate and some maple or molasses. Balanced between bitter and sweet. Can't taste or smell the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is rich and the body is medium.
For a Christmas beer this is good, but for a Belgian styled Dark Christmas Ale...it's not even close. I don't get any of the Belgian characteristics and this is where the beer disappoints to me.
12-21-2012 05:49:12 | More by JohnnyMc
2.75/5 rDev -29.5%
Pours an opaque black with very thin slivers of cola brown around the bottom edge of the glass. A big, thick, foamy, long-lasting light mocha colored head. Medium-bodied, slick to mildly astringent moutfheel. Asymmetrical foamy lacing clings and drags as the beer is drunk. Cardamom nose with not much else going on. Flavors of clove up front with mild ginger. The bitterness of the clove needs to be balanced with something that has more depth. The experience is too narrow. Not enough going on. This is the last one?? Stone disappoints again. But, for a different reason this time.
12-21-2012 04:56:12 | More by DocJitsu
3/5 rDev -23.1%
Very very dark brown with no opacity. Thin tan head. Smells like the holidays. Cinnamon cardamon clove and nutmeg. Faint dark fruits.
Taste is very spicy. Medium body mildly tannic. Faintly sweet up front with a nice balancing bitterness but the spices dominate this beer. They do however play off the bitterness nicely.like a holiday Belgian ale but doesn't exactly hit he mark just right.
12-21-2012 00:36:45 | More by jtierney89
4.54/5 rDev +16.4%
At the borderland between a dark ale and a stout, there is Stone's Vertical Epic 12.12.12
A: into a tulip, center-pour: black void body with a pillar of thick dark foam, tons of lace on hand
S: roasty cocoa and espresso, molasses and holiday spice
T: very porter/stout-like, with rich flavors of smooth and creamy espresso, sweet dark spice and roasted dark malts. The flavors more typical of a BSDA are in the background and on the finish; the more stout-like flavors are bold and assertive, up-front and throughout
M: smooth, mellow, creamy, full-bodied, milky; with a slow, drying roasted chocolate malt aftertaste; subtle tingle of spice and heat
O: this is a fantastic tasting drink (and what's more important than that?) - blindfolded, I'd think it a porter or stout (drier than an imperial, but sweeter than a dry) - as a BSDA, it's gonna really stand out because it has such a different profile than typical heavy hitters like Maudite, Gulden Draak, or Chimay Blue. It is unlike them more than it is like them..., and I like that about it. Grab one if you spot it - the only way this disappoints is if it doesn't meet your expectation of the style. It exceeded my expectations.
12-21-2012 00:30:51 | More by Greywulfken
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Had a 12oz pour at 3 Squares in Maple Grove. Interesting beer, at first taste I was thinking this is a Belgian stout/porter from the roast. As the beer warmed, more the spices came through, with some well balanced nutmeg (too often overpowering in beers). The roasted barley makes a fine contrast with the smooth dark fruit in the 12.12.12. It feels strong, but I was a little surprised to see it's 9%. This is a well-conditioned beer. Overall, a cool way to close the Vertical Epic series. At times the flavors seemed a little overblended—as in the notes got lost in each other. Still, a very tasty brew.
12-20-2012 23:10:14 | More by tempest
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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