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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

1,510 Ratings

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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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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!

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very spicy aroma, with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. Some malt and yeast as well.

T: Tasted of lots of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice - as well as orange, Belgian yeast, and malt. Basically, the flavor here is like a lot of BSDAs, but with the welcome addition of Christmas-style spices. Very complex and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Slightly different than other beers of the style, this edition of Vertical Epic is definitely worth trying. A drinkable, well made beer.

Photo of stumac
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my job. I begged and pleaded and got my wish. Thanks santa clause. Drinkin this the day after Christmas. Pours up jet black with a brown crazy foamy head. Endless lacing. This is gonna be one dirty glass after I'm done with it. Nose is cinnamon, banana yeast, allspice, molasses, vanilla bean. Tastes of all the same as the nose but with chocolate and lots of cinnamon. Lil bitter finish. Medium-leaning-full bodied. Easy carbo. great brew. Glad I got to finally try the last Vertical. Missed out on all the others cuz I didn't feel like falling for another "crazy expensive beer series pitch" but this one is worth it

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown with a massive brown cap which fades leaving some really nice lacing present

S: Big spice here, the nose is not able to differentiate at the moment but hopefully the palate can break that up. Nose also leaves me with some chocolate, dark fruits and roastiness

T: Big intial spice upfront as I expected by the nose, to mucg so for me really. The initial blast of clove, allspice, nutmeg is overbearing even for the big hearty malt base which gives me some chocolate, roastiness, light coffee and dark fruits. The finish has lingering spice with a small booze sting.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, loads of flavor its just a little to much in one direction.

O: A Belgian Dark Strong you say? Why because of the yeast strain? This should have been labaled a spice beer with a Belgian yeast not the other way around.

Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/25/12 notes. Drank 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 over a 3 day span; this was towards the bottom of them for me. 22 oz. bottle picked up for roughly $7-8 at Whole Foods in Middletown, NJ. Poured into my Vertical Epic glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, oranges, pepper, mint, roasted malts, chocolate, and some citrus. Pretty interesting, but nice nose, with some citrus and roasted characteristics.

t - Tastes of mint, oranges, spice, pepper, vegetables, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, Belgian yeast, citrus, and earthy notes. Not bad, but kinda weird; not sure if it works as well as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting beer, but one of my least favorite in the series that I've had. I didn't think the oranges and citrus mixed that well with the spices and roasted malts, and thought it was a little overcarbonated. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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