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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

1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 355 | FT: 41
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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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.

Photo of Craigory
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Spelunky...what can I say? I'm garbage. Anyway, to the beer at hand: It pours a very dark, bleak black-brown topped by over a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, clove, mace, orange zest, toasted wheat, and some sort of soda (definitely either cola or root beer). The taste brings in more of the same, with more clove, black pepper, bitter anise, and nutmeg. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid BSDA, though the overt spicing keeps it from achieving any sort of real greatness.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK...so here is the last of the series. I was never a huge fan of the vertical epics, but they were always interesting. Poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature.

A: Rich, opaque brown, with a creamy slick chocolate milk head that settles after a few minutes. Enticing looking.

S: A burned fruitcake, smokey nose dominates here. A hint of clove and bananna, and unsweetened chocolate. Interesting.

T: Silky chocolate malts mix midrange with dark fruits which show a depth in the midrange. I am picking up raisin and plum, mixed with expresso and bakers chocolate. The initial and midrange palate is surprisingly sweet, yet as we progress to the finish, the beer gains in bitterness and astringency that sucks moisture out of the mouth and leaves the tongue buzzing a bit. Clove and some mild christmas spicing is present throughout, but it isn't overpowering.

M: Mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. It is silky, creamy and lush.

O: Pretty decent brew and a nice finish to the series. It is an interesting bittersweet beer, that may be just a tad to bitter on the back end for my taste. It will be interesting to see what a bit of age does to this.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review taken Christmas Eve Night 2012(last night)

22 oz Brown bomber style bottle with Stone style label. back gives a story on this being the last of a great epic and a timeline of the vertical epic series. poured into an Abbey style glass.

A - dark as night and black. ruby Brown hints around the bottom. a nice Brown head with very good thickness leaving a brilliant ring of lace and some ridiculously slow stickiness.

S - big Christmas spices of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, rose hips, and clove. Orange peels and a fruitiness paired with a Belgian style yeast. sweet caramel and a touch of roasted malts.

T - crazy big cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg spices with light banana and clove. lovely Belgian style yeast esters. thick molasses and notes of citrus below the spices. roasted dark malts make up a dry finish.

M - full bodied and pretty thick coating the mouth. dry finish. extremely complex flavor while remaining almost perfectly balanced.

O - vertical epic series has been hit and miss for me, but saving this for last was well worth the wait. 12.12.12. is the perfect Belgian style Noel ale. flavorful and extremely Christmas like. I enjoyed this very much and while the vertical epic series ends, I hope Stone release this certain ale every December from here on out. it's just that good. Belgian Noel and Christmas in a bottle. I give a thank you to the Stone Brewing Company. this is one of the best Belgian style Christmas ales you'll ever get your hands on.

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

Pours out really dark and thick. Complete light blocker with 1/4 finger of tan suds that stick to the side of the glass. Nice lacing here.
Smell is Clove first then dark chocolate and raisin. Almost a cigar aroma but tending more towards the bread and date.
Taste is harsh and bitter at first then the coffee darkness sticks to the mouth leaving just a tad of sugary malt in it's wake. This beer isn't finished yet as the alcohol is way over the top.
Probably needs a year or two. Wished Stone would have made an IPA extradinaire for this release.
Mouthfeel is very dry and just a bit sticky.. The phenol afterburn sticks around in the throat for quite some time.
Overall this needs time to finish otherwise this is not a beer I would revisit ever.

Photo of samturner
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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