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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

1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 332 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

InfernoBoss, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

zillo043068, May 18, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TonyTalon, May 18, 2013
Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

This ale is as dark as a stout. I can see a tiny bit of transparity around the edges of my glass, but it's pretty much opaque black. The head is small (maybe around a half an inch), but it is made of fine (what I like to call "high-quality"), light brown foam.

It smells like the spices which are described on the bottle. I definitely get a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There is also a bit of dark fruit, molasses, and a gingerbread scent. A wonderful aroma.

The taste is much like the smell, but even more complex to me. The spices and gingerbread character are prominent (I LOVE the spiciness), reminding me of Christmas cookies and dark fruit cake, but there is also a noticeable combination of tartness and bitterness which I'm inclined to attribute to the orange peel this ale was brewed with. The after-taste has the unmistakable roastiness of a stout, and there may also be a little of the breadiness I expcet to find in a Belgian strong dark ale, but it kind of hides underneath all the other flavors. This beer also has that signature Stone-esque bitterness, which counter-balances the sweet Christmas cookie traits. Sublime.

The mouthfeel is thick and substantial, with lively carbonation. This consistency does an excellent job of supporting the myriad flavors and deep dimensions of this beer.

This is an excellent ale, no doubt about it. And so unique as well. It may be categorized on this site as a Belgian strong dark ale, but it's so much more than that... Certainly a must-try-beer if you can find it. Expertly-crafted, distinctive, throughly enjoyable, and unforgetable.

Kuaff, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

HinghamRick, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

crowsoup, May 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

ElizabethEleanor, May 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

ajtorres311, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Beer4Baltimore, May 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost blackish brown hue with tan head that was two finger high, slow dying and left a lace ring. The first aroma I get is one of sweetness, then some yeast and citric orange peel and then a strong malt aroma, mixing some roasted/heavy malts with caramel and/or candi sugar type malts (I did notice faint sniffs of cinnamon, but the label helped me come to that conclusion). Full-bodied, thick and almost sticky, there is a heavy maltiness to this beer that is both sweet from caramel and bitter chocolate to touches of syrupy or molasses and just sugariness (I can't really explain some of the sweet notes that hit) to dry, roasted, even toasted or coffee-esque malts that provide balance. As for fruit flavors I don't get much other orange and citric and maybe some sweet fruit. The malts lead to a dry backbone of taste (ABV is hidden) but this is aided from some very minor clove/peppery spices and a touch of bitter hops. I hate to say this but I find myself agreeing with the label (I hate reading labels before or during writing a review) but this is, in a cliff notes summary one could say, a classic Belgian with a Stone twist. I found it to not necessarily be a Belgian, per se, but a quality beer that hits the sweet notes as well keeps balance so you know you're drinking a beer and not a milkshake or java.

clayrock81, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

csfcmitchell, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bconsidine, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

HALB, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

vrbulldog22, May 13, 2013
Photo of C20Percent
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, black with a semi-bubbly head of tan foam on top.

S: Spicy. Fall spices. Nutmeg. Pumpkin.

T: Cloves! Fall spices. Nice -- unique -- sipping brew. Pretty good.

M: Velvety. Body a little thin. Smooth.

O: Better than Vertical Epic 11.11.11. Dark and Spicy -- good winter brew. Quite enjoyable.

C20Percent, May 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

InfragilisBrew, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

rkcrozier, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

koopa, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

fredmugs, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

ceberly, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

aflies, May 11, 2013
Photo of snaotheus
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours black with a smallish fine head. Can't see much carbonation, but that might be the opacity. Honestly, looks more like a stout than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smell is overpoweringly black licorice. Extremely sweet. That is all I can smell. And it's not my favorite smell.

Taste is more black licorice with some additional medicine flavor. Still very sweet. Alcohol is noticeable. It reminds me (for some reason) of jaegermeister. This is clearly not my deal.

Mouthfeel is a strange combination of sticky and dry. Overall...the black licorice character (as I perceive it) is a no go. It's not quite so bad that I'm willing to drainpour the whole thing, but I'm not sure I'll make it through the whole thing, either.

If you like black licorice, you should try this beer.

snaotheus, May 11, 2013
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.