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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

1,510 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 345 | FT: 37
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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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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4.5/5  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%

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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.

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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.

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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%

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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
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.