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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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1,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 331 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Dave_Treat, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rtig
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first (apparently last) Epic. Purchased it as it was 12/12/12 and it seemed similar to Stone Sublimely righteous ale.

Poured a dark chocolate color with a light brown lace

Spicy aroma with coffee and chocolate

Taste was very complex as each sip yielded a slightly different flavor. Lots of different spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice with malty chocolate.

Mouthfeel was relatively heavy but with a good finish

Overall Stone produces another winner which I feel very fortunate to have tried.

rtig, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, basically opaque, with modest tawny edges and a thin skim of mocha bubbles. Lingering collar with fine bubbles clinging to the glass. Aromas of banana and bread, figs and spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), almost like pumpkin pie. Burnt sugar and alcohol, quite nice. Solid bitterness throughout, perhaps a bit too much (hopefully this mellows over time), with a spice cake sweetness. Fruity notes of bananas and figs, alcohol and molasses. Lingering burnt and bitter character. Full bodied with fine carbonation, slight astringency and slickness, mild warmth. Overall, pretty enjoyable and a fitting conclusion to the series. It seems like it should age well too.

DrJay, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

JayKay412, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've looked forward to this series every year. This one was exceptional. In a snifter it was near black in color with a small tan head.

Cocoa and chocolate aroma. Roasted malts. Charcoal.

Cocoa/chocolate taste. Some coffee and vanilla.

This was a very dry beer, and just a joy to drink.

lordofthewiens, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Dec 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

skholbrook1982, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bifrost17, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 29NOV12

Pours opaque dark brown with a sheet of mocha foam. Smells really, really spicy. Nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, cloves (stronger than I had anticipated), some floral notes and it all comes together to smell like tee tree oil. Tastes sweet and spiced - the aforementioned collage comes into play, the malts are charred, sweet and accented with a classical belgian yeast character. Medium to full bodied with lighter carb, the beer has a really fine feel. This is an interesting beer, I think it falls into a well done example of the style.

harrymel, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Gagnonsux, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Gww1864, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Farky87, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

verset, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of JMad
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an opaque pitch black color with a brown head that quickly dissipated into a very thin layer. The smell is bursting with nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate with a hint of clove and banana. It tastes of dark chocolate with a hint of coffee, ther is lots of nutmeg and some clove with a slightly bitter herbal hop finish. This beer is extremely smooth and almost silky, it has low carbonation and a nice dry finish. I thought this was an awesome Belgian dark ale, the extra hop character and dryness was very enjoyable.

JMad, Dec 15, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I would try the new one in the series although I don't think I ever had the others.

Got this in a 16 oz glass. First thought was wow a dark one. Lots of dark tan head and really dark body.

Nose is charcoal, malt

Taste: Well the first sip may me say "NOT". I immediately wondered what I spent my $5 on. As it aired out and warmed up I began to enjoy this beer. However, it reminded me of a rather dry stout. First impression was overwhelming spice and a bitter malty mess. Later, it mellowed with less spice, a little more sweetness and a smoothness. It had plenty of coffee.

Mouth feel was pretty carbonated and heavy bodied.

This is a pretty good winter beer. Not quite balanced enough but I would like to try another.

daledeee, Dec 15, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. No true lace.

Big nutmeg and dark maltiness in the nose. You get the spice up front.

Boozy, cinnamon and nutmeg, brown bread crust, dark carmelized fruit, some burnt sugars, some palate clearing bitterness. Warming alcohol at the end. This has it all, and in great balance.

Full bodied, just right carbonation.

Terrific brew. Drinkable, lightly spicy, not overwhelming. Great cold-weather beer.

OtherShoe2, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Listers, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black, 1/4" brown head

S- egg nog, figs, time, clove, mint, earthy, bark, herbal, roasted malts, peppered & sweet jerky

T- herbs & spices, sweet smoked wood, pepper, hint of chocolate

M- medium body, low carbonation, belly warming alcohol

O- caught me completely off guard when i poured this and a jet black oily elixer emerged. Stunned me when i took my first sniff! Like opening up a spice cabinet, so many herbs and spices attack the senses and burn tbe nose. It's so earthy and spicy in both aroma/flavor. I have never tasted anything like it. I bought another to age but i think i might have to buy another, just to drink it again.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

JackStraw, Dec 14, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Co.
12-12-12 Vertical Epic Ale

LOOK: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a creamy off white foam topping.

SMELL: Dark, roasted malts, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove and anise in the aroma. Sweet malt, estery Belgian yeast and light floral notes are prevalent.

TASTE: Roasted malt base with cocoa and char notes. There is a big presence of anise and cinnamon. Dry hopped flavor of resinous, sappy pine and carries a solid balancing bitterness. Could perhaps be described as a Spiced Belgian-style Stout.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, creamy feel with a prickly carbonation.

OVERALL: An interesting ale that will surely evolve and develop in time. It's also drinking just fine right now. Certainly not hot, this drinks smooth and easy. Not the best in the series but a nice brew.

Stinkypuss, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Proclarush, Dec 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

chazasu, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mantissa, Dec 14, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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