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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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very good

1,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 22
Gots: 323 | FT: 35
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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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
Photo of Viperman1316
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
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Btip1969
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Btip1969, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Hohnbaum, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of pat_usher
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

KnowYourCraft, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of jeffaroo95
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jeffaroo95, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of mudboneINla
3/5  rDev -23.3%

mudboneINla, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BeerME_562
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you a fan of bourbon banana flamebe this is your beer... extremely similar in taste

appearance: dark espresso with a vanilla head

aroma: cinnamon, orange, allspice,

taste: cinnamon, orange, allspice, aged/roasted banana, woodsy

mouthfeel: fullbody, medium-light

overall good quality beer outstanding

BeerME_562, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

sammyg832, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of BigV
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of PTEdelman
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

PTEdelman, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of fgmiele
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours silken black with little to no cream colored head.

Aromas of mocha, fruit, almond, sweet booze

Taste follows nose..twangy banana like sweetness with a coffee mocha rounding out. Flavor is deep and complex..flavors open as temp warms.

Mouthfeel is slippery and full.. Not heavy but well developed.

Overall a complex and different beer..have not had any of the other vertical epics but I would gather that they were probably quite something from the tastes of this.

fgmiele, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of hozersr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

hozersr, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of utfiero
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color- near black with dark mocha head.

Aroma- nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin and other spices.

Taste- (initial tasting on 12/30/2012) Starts with a spiced intro including clove, cinnamon, and pine needles, then mellows out with roasted malt notes, finishing with a balanced hoppiness.

Aged test 10/20/2013- on retest this is ambrosia. This is like eating a homemade pumpkin pie while drinking an aged Scotch with the faint aroma of pipe smoke in the background. Silky and beautiful! A true epic.

Each time poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

utfiero, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

nleaders, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of travolta
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Straight black with very nice lacing and very nice retention.

Nose: Grape must, mint, lavender, bananaa, chocolate, with a little tuft of toffee. Nutmeg, faint rose hips and hibiscus at the end.

Taste: great balance, slight orange, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a Pepsi finish.

Notes: I was married on 12/12/12 at 12:12:12 in Tikal, Guatemala. This is our beer and it is fantastic.

travolta, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Wildwood_Brew
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Wildwood_Brew, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jrohrbacher, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Flaherbear
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Flaherbear, Jun 19, 2014
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.