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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

1,526 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 359 | FT: 40
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.

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Ratings: 1,526 | Reviews: 298
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very very dark brown with no opacity. Thin tan head. Smells like the holidays. Cinnamon cardamon clove and nutmeg. Faint dark fruits.

Taste is very spicy. Medium body mildly tannic. Faintly sweet up front with a nice balancing bitterness but the spices dominate this beer. They do however play off the bitterness nicely.like a holiday Belgian ale but doesn't exactly hit he mark just right.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

At the borderland between a dark ale and a stout, there is Stone's Vertical Epic 12.12.12

A: into a tulip, center-pour: black void body with a pillar of thick dark foam, tons of lace on hand

S: roasty cocoa and espresso, molasses and holiday spice

T: very porter/stout-like, with rich flavors of smooth and creamy espresso, sweet dark spice and roasted dark malts. The flavors more typical of a BSDA are in the background and on the finish; the more stout-like flavors are bold and assertive, up-front and throughout

M: smooth, mellow, creamy, full-bodied, milky; with a slow, drying roasted chocolate malt aftertaste; subtle tingle of spice and heat

O: this is a fantastic tasting drink (and what's more important than that?) - blindfolded, I'd think it a porter or stout (drier than an imperial, but sweeter than a dry) - as a BSDA, it's gonna really stand out because it has such a different profile than typical heavy hitters like Maudite, Gulden Draak, or Chimay Blue. It is unlike them more than it is like them..., and I like that about it. Grab one if you spot it - the only way this disappoints is if it doesn't meet your expectation of the style. It exceeded my expectations.

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

Had a 12oz pour at 3 Squares in Maple Grove. Interesting beer, at first taste I was thinking this is a Belgian stout/porter from the roast. As the beer warmed, more the spices came through, with some well balanced nutmeg (too often overpowering in beers). The roasted barley makes a fine contrast with the smooth dark fruit in the 12.12.12. It feels strong, but I was a little surprised to see it's 9%. This is a well-conditioned beer. Overall, a cool way to close the Vertical Epic series. At times the flavors seemed a little overblended—as in the notes got lost in each other. Still, a very tasty brew.

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JRed
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in body with mocha bubbly head that turns to a thin film. Wonderful bouquet of allspice, nutmeg, rose hips, and gingerbread. Wow. Tastes of cocoa nibs, allspice, nutmeg, earth, burnt toast, ground chocolate powder, subtle booze towards the finish with tobacco ash. As it warms, more citrus notes become available. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The sweet and char balance is amazing. Aroma is delicious and then the flavor smacks ya around nicely. Completely unexpected but beautiful. The perfect ending.

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-20 in Norristown, PA at Capone's

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1/2-finger tan head and great lacing.

S - Cinammon, rock candy, allspice, roasted malt.

T - Lots of flavors including fig, plum, allspice, dark roasted grain, nutmeg, cinnamon. It's mildly sweet and well-balanced with a touch of roasted and hop bitterenss. Not much alcohol. Great balance. Dries well. Holds all these flavors together nicely. The lingering aftertaste is an equal balance of the above flavors.

M - Medium body and carbontation. Not too thick, not too creamy, not too crisp . . . just right.

O - A very enjoyable, delicious, holiday-inspired brew.

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with an off-white tight bubbly head that recedes at a moderate pace to leave some soapy lacing topping.

Aromas begin with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. This gives way to some dusty cocoa and crusted toasted brown bread maltiness. As it warms you get some light phenolic Belgian yeast spice and some dark and stone fruitiness, mainly fig marmalade and a light orangey citrus.

The tastes follow the nose with bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits, caramelized brown sugar and molasses. The spices join next and combine with the Belgian yeast phenols to balance the sweet toasty brown bread maltiness. There may be some hops in here but they are undistinguishable and hidden by the spice and yeast flavors. As it warms you get some light drying alcohol notes and some more drying roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is on the dryer side for the style with some spice and the dark chocolate roastiness.

Overall this is my favorite of the 5 or so releases in this series that I was able to try fresh and maybe the best overall since the 08. Maybe it is the "holiday" style ale flavor profile that I enjoy but it really hits the mark for the season and for the style.

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rand
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to snifter

Pours dark brown in color (touching black), forms a foamy coffee-tan head on the pour. Big notes of clove and toasty sugar in the nose. Alcohol and malts step up while hop presence takes a back seat. The flavors are layered and rich, carried by a robust, chewy complexion. Holiday spice and toasted sugar rub elbows with ripe fruit and ground pepper. A little hop astringency dries the palate, ushering in a surprisingly short and balanced finish.

Not the best of the Verticals, but world's better than last year's edition and a nice bookend to an interesting series of brew.

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SageO
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JonIrabagon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of willitsmckinley
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of crobinso
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of ShameAndFailure
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of wattershed
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of rcjennings
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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