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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

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 303 | FT: 31
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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tneenan1

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2013 23:17:11 | More by tneenan1
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Bartinator

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-30-2013 18:22:24 | More by Bartinator
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hreb

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Cold 22 served in chalice. Beer pours way dark and could easily be mistaken for a stout. Super fruity (dark) aroma. Between the alcohol and the ripe fruit in the aroma it really smells like Christmas pudding. If the thought of Christmas pudding isn't too close to bad fruit cake in your mind then it's really fanastic.

On the first sip it seems the flavor takes the aroma and adds a healthy dose of chalky bittering hops. Upon further reflection it's more spice than fruit from our pudding. Mouthfeel is more in line with the strong dark ale or dubbel, not the stout conveyed in the color. Prominent flavors are allspice, pepper, and nutmeg. Belgian Winter Warmer, anyone? There's actually some heat to the spices, the way clove has a burning quality when concentrated. Unfortunately, while I could inhale the fumes of this brew until it oxidizes or gets stale, the flavor is somewhat tiring. It's not too sweet, in fact it's on the dry side, but the volume of strong flavors is just turned up too high for more than slowly sipping a bottle down.

I feel like the Vertical Epic series has been hit and miss the past few years. Unfortunately I find I haven't reviewed any of them, though I'm certain haven't missed one since 06. This one will likely prove to be the most memorable.

03-30-2013 03:10:43 | More by hreb
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a solid 1 finger light tan head. After a few minutes the head dissipates to a thin film and ring around the edges. Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: A light malt background, yeasts in there too. Spiciness comes through and a noticeable hop backing.

T: Quite a complex beer here. At first I noticed a fairly strong hop, seems to mellow out with some sweet malts. Spiciness comes in at the end with an allspice sort of christmasy feel. This compliments the yeast

M: A very creamy beer with mild carbonation. Very pleasant to sip on. A bit of stickiness at the end. Nice and warming but the booze is well hidden.

Overall one of my favorite vertical epics. Still a few more at the store might grab another to stash. A nice finale to the series.

03-29-2013 00:55:09 | More by CloudStrife
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ddulek

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-27-2013 23:04:07 | More by ddulek
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aranton

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2013 01:05:13 | More by aranton
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-27-2013 00:48:42 | More by KVNBGRY
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ediaz

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-26-2013 21:20:08 | More by ediaz
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-25-2013 02:01:04 | More by bigbeers84
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wilfonzo

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-24-2013 22:47:55 | More by wilfonzo
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csurowiec

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-24-2013 11:26:50 | More by csurowiec
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-24-2013 03:29:58 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-24-2013 00:50:32 | More by ummswimmin
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-24-2013 00:16:08 | More by Sparky44
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MetalMountainMastiff

California

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a Tulip.

A. Dark brown. Not murky. just smooth dark. About a 2 cm head, that stays.

S. Spices galore. Cloves, Cinnamon. Slight banana smell.

T. Hot almost. strong spices. Cloves, cinnamon. Very christmasy.

M. Medium- full body. medium carbonation.

O. Pretty good. A nice warmer for a cold night, or a festive event when you want a cookie/christmasy spiced beer. Enjoyable for what it is.

03-23-2013 03:57:07 | More by MetalMountainMastiff
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-23-2013 03:26:04 | More by Teleweizen2
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-23-2013 02:42:19 | More by arniepnminne
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psuscott1

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-22-2013 23:36:41 | More by psuscott1
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UncleNeighborChris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-22-2013 11:30:08 | More by UncleNeighborChris
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BeerlyLegal

California

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%

Looks like the blood of a coffee addict. This beer is deep and thick like my friends beard. You would think that a beer of such dark color would have some coffee elements but surprisingly it does not.

However, this is beer has soul. It is smooth from the lips to the gut. Lots of lacing. Smells of spices and cinnamon with some added molasses. I've only had the 12.12. 12 but I'd love to compare it to others if they weren't so Gawd damn expensive.

PS- Stone I love you.

03-22-2013 04:56:39 | More by BeerlyLegal
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +20%

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sounds like this is their last version of this Epic series after going for 11 years.

Dark beer with very little head. There is a strong chocolate flavor that tastes natural in this beer. I certainly wouldn't think this beer was 9% alcohol by the taste, but that is probably because of the creamy taste and strong chocolate smell that make this so smooth.

I'm looking forward to the next thing from Stone.

03-21-2013 00:18:38 | More by msondel
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-20-2013 20:03:58 | More by hiphopj5
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-20-2013 12:24:27 | More by DerrickW
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braugon

Connecticut

2.05/5  rDev -47.4%

Not a favorite here. I'd heard such great things about others in this series, and love Stone beers. March is definitely not an ideal time of year for this one. The appearance was dark/black, the nose, mostly clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, the taste reminded me of when I ate a tablespoon of nutmeg as a bored teenager. I don't usually like heavy spice beers, and this one says right on the side of the bottle it is an Ale with Spices, so no one to blame but myself here. Overall, just too spiced for me.

03-20-2013 12:15:40 | More by braugon
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m0unds

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-20-2013 03:58:15 | More by m0unds
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.