Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.46/5 rDev +14.4%
Dark brown/black with a light brown 1-finger head with medium+ retention. Fine lacing.
Christmas in a glass: cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, fig, dates, gingersnaps, deep roasted malt, black strap molasses and a rich, dark earth note in the background.
Molasses, coffee, cocoa powder, ginger bread, black bread. A moderate level of bitterness underscoring everything.
Full-bodied with a hop bitterness cuts the sweetness and holds the beer at nearly dry with a long finish.
Very rich and lush. Be a really decadent bomber near the end of your drinking session.
08-23-2013 05:48:08 | More by Libationguy
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, spices, licorice, some chocolate, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of an herbal conglomeration of spices (mint, ginger, licorice, cinnamon among others). Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but provides some balance for the strong spice flavors. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark and strong beer. Honestly, it tastes like an intense version of Anchor Christmas Ale, which I mean as neither a complement nor a detriment, just an observation.
08-21-2013 03:41:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.84/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a black red around the edges when held to the light. Nice two finger dark tan head falls to a ring with good lace.
Aroma is sweet candy sugars, roasted malts, fruit cake, licorice and nice spices, Christmas like.
Taste is wow lots going on some roasted malts, lots of licorice and spice. Some underlying fruit notes. Lots of spice Belgian candy sweetness that I don't really dig but a good Christmas ale for that style. Just comes off a little to sweet for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is a good medium with medium level of carbonation.
Overall this one isn't bad not my favorite style but considering lots of these verticals have come off as very average this one is pretty good.
08-19-2013 01:26:37 | More by mntlover
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.
Smell: A dark yeasty Belgian style aroma with a huge presence of spices. Big upfront scent of Holiday style spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves. Belgian yeast with some funk and some burnt candied sugar. Fruit hints of dried banana and some light citrus orange. Dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and toast. Sweet hints of molasses. Dark dried fruit hints of raisin, cherry, plum, fig, and dates. Hops are very light. A very nice and complex aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a very spice forward Belgian style taste with some good roasty notes. Big upfront taste of spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Belgian yeast with some funk. Sweet notes of molasses and burnt candied sugar. Dark roasted malts with a taste of chocolate, caramel, toffee, toast, and smoke. Fruit notes of dried banana and citrus orange along with dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, fig, dates, and black cherry. Tastes kind of like a liquid chocolate gingerbread cookie. Very interesting and good.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and somewhat syrupy. Some alcohol heat is felt.
Overall: A pretty interesting and good twist on a dark Belgian style ale. Its like a winter warmer Belgian style.
08-18-2013 06:54:58 | More by MattyG85
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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