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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

1,427 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 306 | FT: 32
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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ZachKelly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-25-2013 05:40:58 | More by ZachKelly
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-24-2013 04:24:56 | More by Braz
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KegsAndEggs

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-24-2013 02:27:11 | More by KegsAndEggs
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PaulUH

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2013 18:45:30 | More by PaulUH
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teleforce

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2013 16:46:14 | More by teleforce
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SDJason

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-23-2013 15:38:33 | More by SDJason
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Libationguy

Nevada

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
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Skunkdrool

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

08-22-2013 22:32:36 | More by Skunkdrool
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-21-2013 21:15:39 | More by Jeffrey2310
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-21-2013 00:16:31 | More by Ristaccia
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-20-2013 08:51:48 | More by nick_asian
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

08-19-2013 23:18:23 | More by mwbrady12
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TheHumanTorch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-19-2013 01:30:12 | More by TheHumanTorch
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mntlover

Tennessee

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
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-18-2013 19:35:22 | More by Dactrius
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Mervjahn

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

08-18-2013 14:36:11 | More by Mervjahn
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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
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JohnW58

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-17-2013 04:12:02 | More by JohnW58
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comicblunder89

Florida

5/5  rDev +28.2%

08-16-2013 22:02:21 | More by comicblunder89
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Jkirk790

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-16-2013 16:06:26 | More by Jkirk790
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-16-2013 12:03:13 | More by Kirk
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tooth_decay

California

2/5  rDev -48.7%

08-16-2013 03:28:35 | More by tooth_decay
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brywhite

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-15-2013 20:19:25 | More by brywhite
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Elprico

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-14-2013 19:41:04 | More by Elprico
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.