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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

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 299 | FT: 28
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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jjanega08

Minnesota

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
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ShameAndFailure

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-19-2012 02:11:50 | More by ShameAndFailure
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wattershed

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-18-2012 18:46:01 | More by wattershed
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 06:34:08 | More by tbone1384
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-18-2012 05:33:07 | More by kevgod
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rcjennings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-18-2012 03:38:49 | More by rcjennings
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2012 01:59:31 | More by kjkinsey
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2012 01:35:35 | More by stereosforgeeks
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 01:29:49 | More by n00blar
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NateMac13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 01:21:27 | More by NateMac13
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QuakeAttack

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 00:56:19 | More by QuakeAttack
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pcarney8

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2012 22:29:59 | More by pcarney8
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jgluck

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-17-2012 22:24:42 | More by jgluck
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-17-2012 21:40:16 | More by beerpadawan
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 19:13:23 | More by Seanniek91
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-17-2012 16:33:14 | More by bluesplit63
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bigd03


4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 14:38:25 | More by bigd03
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poopsyeah

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-17-2012 07:01:54 | More by poopsyeah
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-17-2012 05:09:09 | More by hpthebull
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sgoro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 04:40:23 | More by sgoro
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Honus1

Ohio

2/5  rDev -48.7%

12-17-2012 04:15:28 | More by Honus1
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-17-2012 03:55:52 | More by Daniellobo
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MeneerBeerSnob

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

a-Pours a dark chocolate with almost an oily looking thickness and a half finger of dark mocha head.

s-Roasty cinnamon and clove smell invokes the holiday spirit.

t-Clove, nutmeg and a banana sweetness followed by a chocolate allspice finish with a very light Belgian yeast constant in the background.

m-Good carbonation with lighter body than is expected from the look of the pour.

o-Definitely a good brew for this time of year. I could see myself by the fire warming up with this while listening to holiday music. The complexity reminds me of Darklord by 3 Floyds, not in the taste, but in how a different flavor comes out with each drink and it becomes better throughout the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:21:10 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.