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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

1,495 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 341 | FT: 35
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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Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

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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%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lordofstarside
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter, first bottle of the '12 batch

Pours a solid black with a half finger of foam. No visible carbonation, alright retention and lacing. Smells of chocolate and cinnamon, clove, oranges, and a sweet malt. Spices really dominate the aroma, would be great except they're a bit over powering. Taste is pretty good, nice spicy clove up front, followed by some cinnamon and orange. Feel is full bodied with a nice dry finish. Overall an interesting beer, good around the holidays. 4s across the board. Got another in my cellar, I'll re-review ~1 year from now

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 12 12 poures a black color with a nice large tan head. Lots of lacing. There was a spicy aroma with notes of a ferminated malt. The taste had asome pronounced spicey flavor. Very strong malty backbone a bit boozey and had a sharpbitterness at the end. Good strong flavors. Overall a very good beer. simalr to the arrogrant bastard with a pronounced spicey flavor.

Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone's Vertical Epic Ale glass.

Pour: What looks like a stout or porter with an intense dark brown to black color with a good two fingers amount of head. The head was of a rich chocolate shake color and appeared to be "soft" for lack of a better word. The look of this is very nice.

Smell: First impression is of holiday spice cookies and does remind me of Christmas. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, roast and interestingly way in the back some tobacco. There is some coffee and chocolate mixed in.

Taste: Very reminiscent of a stout or porter and quite roasty and malty. There is a noticeable espresso-cocoa note with a some wonderful sweet dark spices. Now the spices are similar to the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It does taste like a gingerbread cookie with a touch of milk chocolate on top. It finishes quite dry and a bit bitter with a ton of spices still in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy and smooth and full bodied. A wonderful feeling beer for a cold Christmas eve here in Chicago. The alcohol heat that is present is faint at best and does warm the chest as I swallow.

Overall: I very much enjoyed this beer. I don't think this beer fits any specific category but that is what makes it work for me. It is a mixture of a few beers with an awesome spice profile that keeps me sipping.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a very dark brown with just a thin layer of tan lace around the top

S-roasted malt, dark coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and Christmas spices

T-roasted coffee and malt, chewy dark bread, chocolate, and a decent amount of spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very dry bitter finish

Overall a nice winter/holiday beer and a good way to finish up the series

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.12.12

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hilights. A thin light brown head forms, lingers, and becomes a clump in the middle of the glass.

S - Spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamin, roses.

T - Spices dominate, same as the nose, bitter bready, floral, cinnamin finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of spices, shocking. This one should age well.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.