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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

1,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 300 | FT: 29
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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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-20-2012 04:10:29 | More by CaptDavyJones
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South Carolina

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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-20-2012 03:21:01 | More by willitsmckinley
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-20-2012 01:26:40 | More by crobinso
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-19-2012 17:34:37 | More by Chugs13
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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-19-2012 02:11:50 | More by ShameAndFailure
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-18-2012 18:46:01 | More by wattershed
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 06:34:08 | More by tbone1384
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-18-2012 05:33:07 | More by kevgod
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-18-2012 03:38:49 | More by rcjennings
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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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2012 01:59:31 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2012 01:35:35 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 01:29:49 | More by n00blar
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 01:21:27 | More by NateMac13
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-18-2012 00:56:19 | More by QuakeAttack
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2012 22:29:59 | More by pcarney8
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-17-2012 22:24:42 | More by jgluck
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 19:13:23 | More by Seanniek91
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-17-2012 16:33:14 | More by bluesplit63
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2012 14:38:25 | More by bigd03
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-17-2012 07:01:54 | More by poopsyeah
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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