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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

1,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 340 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

a-Pours a dark chocolate with almost an oily looking thickness and a half finger of dark mocha head.

s-Roasty cinnamon and clove smell invokes the holiday spirit.

t-Clove, nutmeg and a banana sweetness followed by a chocolate allspice finish with a very light Belgian yeast constant in the background.

m-Good carbonation with lighter body than is expected from the look of the pour.

o-Definitely a good brew for this time of year. I could see myself by the fire warming up with this while listening to holiday music. The complexity reminds me of Darklord by 3 Floyds, not in the taste, but in how a different flavor comes out with each drink and it becomes better throughout the beer.

Photo of dfillius
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 500th review!
Poured into a pint
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger dark tan head with fair retention. Clear dark brown to black liquid. Porter-colored. Better head retention please.
S: Fennel, clove, cinnamon. SLIGHTLY Belgian. A Belgian winter warmer? Some booze on warming. A tad 1-dimensional
T: Clove, something a tad astringent. Bitter finish. Chocolate comes in way late at first as an after-after-taste. Spicy open doesn't jive at first with the bitter hops finish. Chocolate is more pronounced in later sips, shows up earlier too. It serves to unite the spice and hops later on. Much better and more unified at 45-ish degrees. Some booze comes through slightly at 55-ish degrees. It reminds me of Nogne O/Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale without juniper.
M: Definitely dry. Bitter. Very dry! A bit too bitter. I appreciate the dryness.
O: A tasty brew that is solid but doesn't wow. Not anti-climactic for the series, but not serving to go out with a bang. Enjoyable.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours almost pitch black like an imperial stout. Very thick. A one finger brown head.

S- Cinnamon, clove, banana, allspice. A big dark fruit and an almost coffee roasted quality. Not much hops but a very light bitterness. An intense christmasy nose.

T- A ton of cinnamon and spice. Allspice, reminds me of a pumpkin beer. Clove and banana peel. A sticky roasted quality on the tongue. somewhat dry. A slight bit of coffee and chocolate. A perfect amount of bitterness. The belgian yeast takes a back seat to the bold flavors. A little of the orange peel comes through at the back half. This is a mix between a porter, an abbey ale and a christmas beer, but its done so well and just works.

M- A good creamy and thick feel. A dry and bitter aftertaste of orange peel and bakers chocolate. Not too hard to drink and at 9% it gives a nice warming.

O- Surprised by this beer. Its great improvement over the other VE's I have tried. It's a mishmash of styles but its done so perfectly. I would like to see this again from stone. A great christmas brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

1 pt 6 fl oz poured into a snifter glass.

A- Jet syrupy black, one finger of creamy mocha colored head

S - Spices, primarily nutmeg, cinnamon, clove,pumpkin, banana, and faint dark fruit

T - Taste is more of the same (spices) with a toasted chocolate coffee backdrop. It gets slightly sweeter as it warms, but the spices are still predominant. The aftertaste only provides a hint of the alcohol, otherwise it is well masked.

M - Carbonation is good. Not as syrupy as it looks on the pour. A dry, crisp finish with some lingering spice.

O - Spice beers are a mood beer for me, and can be hit or miss. This one is definitely recommended, as you can tell it is a high quality brew. A little less spice "womp" would have raised my rating. May pick up another to cellar to see if it mellows the spice presence.

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark brown body with a thick head that quickly fads.

S: I am getting a good amount of cinnamon, some sweetness and some spice.

T: I am getting a little bit of cinnamon, some sweet malt and a decent amount of dark malt.

M: The beer has a good amount of carbonation and a sort of thin body.

O: This is a pretty solid beer, but really was hoping for more. Really didnt hit the spot as I was expecting.

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

Dark brown opaque pour with a nice mocha foam cap. Smells of oranges, cloves and allspice. Prominent cloves in the nose. Taste is chocolate, clove, orange and pumpkin pie spices. None of the spices are predominate, but it's quite complex, maybe a bit too complex of a spice-fest..wait no it isn't. This 12.12.12 is done right. Complex, flavorful and really quite unique. Very nice and it continues to grow on me with every sip.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet. This pours a pitch black color with a finger thick mocha colored head which has okay retention which dissipates to a thin film. The smells are very holiday like, perfect for the end of the year. You get a load of pumpkin, cloves, spice, cinnamon, slight amount of dark roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, thicker than I was expecting, mid level carbonination which tingles on your mouth. The taste is pretty good, a little bit of bitterness, lots of spices, pumpkin, cloves, spice, dark malts, great for the holiday.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

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.

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.