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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

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 316 | 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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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%

Mattriordan, Aug 19, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

morimech, Aug 16, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -10%

clay_i, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color, perhaps leaning toward blackness.

Smell - The malts in the aroma gave the impression of sweet and sour fruits. Without knowing, it would difficult to pinpoint the style based on the aroma.

Taste - My initial thought was that this is a lot like chai tea. There was malty goodness laying in the background, but the spiciness jumps out. There is a measure of chocolate in the aftertaste which leans slightly dry.

Mouthfeel - There is a degree of thickness as this one coats the tongue and lingers. One is really able to appreciate the spices as it lingers.

Overall - I am not sure about the bag reputation this one has, but I enjoyed it.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Wreckerpecker
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the privilege of drinking this AMAZING beer last night at a friends going away party. To make a long story short, this beer IS CHRISTMAS in a bottle. Smells of eggnog, gingerbread, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste is rich, thick, and tastes of the previously stated scents. TL;DR I would buy this beer if I come across it again.

Wreckerpecker, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Thebrianeffect, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

WckdVbz, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MaxPowers, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kcman91, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of JFear
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

JFear, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of babaracas
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black with dense dark brown head, a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: a lot of baking spices, fig, date bread, cooked pear note, double sweet stout level of sweetness. Taste: tons of caramel, some chocolate syrup, roast note, prune, nutmeg and allspice. It's like chocolate spiced eggnog poured over date bread splashed with orange liquor. It's a dessert at this point and a nice holiday beer. For the style, even for a "noel" take on the style, it's way over the top.

babaracas, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Strwrs777, Jul 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Can_has_beer, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

patre_tim, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

curlybird, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

HideYaBeer, Jul 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

MisledTitan, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/6/12, poured into stone snifter

A- pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that has good retention long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- big dose of clove and nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread, floral sweetness, fruitcake, burnt dark sugar and fig. Spices are still pronounced.

T- first impression is that the spices are still pronounced, big flavors of clove, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie, nutmeg, allspice, tastes like Christmas in a glass. The finish lingers charred malt, candied orange and sweet figs, awesome

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a touch of abv warmth

O- this was a home run for me. One of the best "Christmas" spiced beers that I've ever had and the spices are still alive and kicking. Very good start to a 7 year vertical

Treyliff, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Viperman1316, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I saw this in a local tobacco and beer place called "Habits" in Salem OR and thought I would take a chance since it was in the fridge. Cost? $3.99 Pours a dark dark brown almost blackcurrant look..nice thick tan head. Nice moderate spicy coriander aspects along with small "barnyard and blackberries in the aroma..very pleasing to the nose. Taste is all of the above with a touch of bitters and very smooth and well melded. Some dark roasted coffee in the end but in balance with the whole. Mouth feel on this is spectacular, smooth oh so silky smooth yet kicks in with some refreshing surprises. Excellent drink..the age seems to have been good for this beer. There is one left..i plan to get it tomorrow.

Reidrover, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Btip1969, Jul 18, 2014
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.