Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A-Coal black. Dirt, cocoa head is thick and sudsy. Tendrils of slow falling lacing.
S-Nutmeg. Walnut. Eggnog. Gingerbread. Cinnamon raisin cookie. Sweet and alcoholic.
T-Dark roasted hops. I'm guessing dark malts in there, can't taste 'em. Very hoppy, bitter. Dark cocoa. Rye. Ink. Resin. Great holiday/winter beer. 9% ABV? This is a slow sipper that tastes like it's in the 14% ABV range yet isn't. Robust flavors. Cinnamon finish. Warming births a new world of sensations, smells and tastes.
M-Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Goes down warming, bubbly, burns in a good way. A cool boiling sensation percolates down the chest.
O-Didn't realize this is a BSDA. Tastes like a porter/stout. Sometimes great beer can't always be pigeonholed and categorized. Stone's creativity has me anticipating the new series they'll do now that Vertical Epic is done. A great beer to enjoy while it lasts. One of the better super dark beers I have had. I can chug on it a bit, or slow slip.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 04:38:58 | More by shacawgo24
3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The aroma of this beer is spiciness with some sweetness and roasted notes.
The flavor has a big stout character with some roasted malt and chocolate notes. It then follows with toffee and dried fruits and spiciness. The finish is quite drying with that Belgian spice note.
An interesting brew and my first attempt at a Stone Vertical. This is quite good. The stout and Belgian strong dark balance is interesting.
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2014 04:13:57 | More by dar482
2.63/5 rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
A: brackish, very dark, minimal head
S: overpoweringly sweet -- molasses, beets, carrots
T: a day old fruit cake and V8
M: thick, overstayed its welcome
O: picked this up in september or october with a few other bombers and definitely regretted it. a sludgy opaque mass of overripe sweetness and a distinct vegetable juice finish. yuck.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 06:14:50 | More by NEdward
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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