Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
32oz growler from CBX. Poured into the official Stone Vertical Epic glass...
A: Black-brown... kind of like the color option for the furniture at IKEA; half-finger of almond head builds on the pour, dying down to some wispy retention that leaves no lace on the walls of this fancy glass; this is a dark, opaque brew.
S: Belgian yeast / spice / fruit aroma; ginger; winter spices; candi sugar / syrupiness; has kind of a dark Belgian / winter warmer aroma.
T: Dark bread; molasses; figs; dark fruit; raisins; anise hints; cocoa on finish; a lot of little things going on, taste-wise.
M: Full with moderate carbonation.
O: An interesting sipper with a lot of flavor; gets even tastier as it warms; this makes for a great winter ale.
From notes: 12-15-12
Serving type: growler
12-20-2012 03:26:40 | More by jpro
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
No freshness dating besides the obvious 12.12.12
A= Pours a deep black color with a nice finger of thick head slowly rising out of it. The head is a nice dark brown color proving this to be a dark beer. The head holds great retention and lacing on the glass.
S= The smell is quite pungent. I've come to notice I have a weak sense of smell but this I have no problem with. It smells strong of nice christmas odors similar to a gingerbread cookie or fruit cake. Cinnamon and allspice dominate the nose with a great gingerbread sort of smell. It smells like christmas.
T= The taste is no exception. There is a ton of all spice and gingerbread taste as well as a dominate cinnamon. It's almost like those red cinnamon candies are used in this. A little bit of the spicy cinnamon ya know. There is also a definite bitterness I didn't get in the nose. It's sort of a hop or roasty bitterness that comes through on the end.
M= This is well carbonated.
O= This in my opinion is a great way to end this series. This is a perfect beer for this time of year. Super well spiced and really well done. If you want to try the end all be all christmas beer. Try this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2012 04:42:41 | More by jjanega08
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.
Appearance: rich, very dark brown hue with a thick finger of creamy, frothy tan foam which is leaving a nice lace as it slowly dissipates. Quite pretty indeed.
Smell: lightly sweet malt with a spicy, phenolic character. Smooth and well-balanced; I like it.
Taste: sweet malt with a lightly fruity character and a hint of chocolate. Some cinnamon-like spice is present along with that phenolic character from the aroma. These aren't overpowering, and like the aroma each element is nicely balanced. I'm enjoying this.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.
Overall: I like this entry in the vertical epic series. Contrary to the name, though, it's balanced and subtle in the right places; this beer isn't at all overwhelming. Quite nice.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 18:02:44 | More by flagmantho
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a rich, opaque mocha brown-black color with a retaining inch of tan head. Looks like a treat. 4.5
Maple, cinnamon, brown sugar, Christmas spices, rum raisin, and bitter dark malts. 4.0
Flavor is much hoppier and spicier with mace, nutmeg, and a chile-like heat that is very mild. Pine, clove, cinnamon, and star anise are also prevalent. Finishes spicy and a little sweet with more lingering piney hops. Nuances of pith and maple and brown bread are notable. Very busy in the mouth, both in flavor and in feel. Happily carbonated with that spicy finish and prickly feel on the tongue. The body is merely a wet medium. Alcohol seems pretty checked-down. 4.0, 3.5
Great beer and a great finish to a fun series. I could see myself drinking this at the end of the world. 4.5
Serving type: on-tap
12-18-2012 02:55:27 | More by thecheapies
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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