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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

1,437 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 314 | FT: 34
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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

insidetheoutside, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

appetiteforparis, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ColdOneKev, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

teeco, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

DMaCATO, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of EddieG28
5/5  rDev +28.2%

EddieG28, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this 22 oz bottle from Jack's Wine Sense in Ewing, NJ. Didn't realize it but it was bottled on 11-14/12. (Over a year old)

A - Deep dark brown, almost black. A little light coming through. A tall, frothy, sticky tan head.

S - Spiced molasses, licorice. Winter spice cake, toffee candy.

T - Ginger snaps all the way. Burnt sugar, molasses, spiced muffins. Copious amounts of fall/winter spices but way better than any "pumping ale" I've had in regards to those flavors. The caramelized sugars, and dark sweetness balances the assertive spices.

M - Creamy and slick, semi viscous. Medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation.

O - Wouldn't consider it a BSDA but it's really delicious. Sweet but not cloying, spiced but balanced.

BeerForMuscle, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Russf3181, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

mkdzimiera, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Wandano, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

combatFlexo, Feb 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

TheDrunkenDeer, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MastaShonuf, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

mpenske, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice dark brown and it had a nice bouquet that was coriander dominant, but the taste is where this beer loses points. The initial taste was okay, but then there is an overpowering bitter taste that is very unpleasant. Mouth feel is course and harsh carbonation.

I know this bottle is over a year old, but I cannot vouch for its storage and care so I wonder if this is the culprit here. I'd like to think that this is the case as I have truly enjoyed all of Stones other offerings.

polloenfuego, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ZEB89, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Zaplt
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a quarter inch tan head

Smell - cherry, prune, dark fruit, chocolate, roast, spice,

Taste - Nutmeg, cinnamon, dark roast, dark fruit, date, plum,

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

Overall - This beer is decent, interesting blend of spice but something seems to conflict.

Zaplt, Feb 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

TwoBeers, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Burkbom23, Feb 10, 2014
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.