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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

1,439 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 314 | 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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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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

RespertFTW, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jplopez21, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

switzer, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

barnzy78, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mzeld, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

SaxmanRick, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

AWL, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

RebornStussy, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Gregfalone
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven gastropub in pasadena. This beer pours from a cask pitch black with a pinky-finger of beige head that sticks around for a few minutes until disappearing into a thin ring. Swirl the beer and you rebuild a thin cap.

Smells like spices like clove and cinnamon. I think I detect some rosemary and other spices I cannot pin point.

This beer TASTES LIKE CHRISTMAS!!! Just like the smell, but stronger and sweeter, maybe brown sugar. Fantastic! I'm going out to try and find a few bottles tomorrow. I want to have this every Christmas

Feels very thick, and slick.

I can't find any fault with this one. It's FUCKING delicious

Gregfalone, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

twelveinches, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SadMachine, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jagada, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Zorro, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

ajdemma, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

yeti123, Dec 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kew, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Evan47, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Axnjxn, Dec 22, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.