Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +14.9%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Dark beige head, good retention on a black body. Soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma dominated by spices...white pepper, clove, cardamon, mint. Taste includes all of the above, they actually work very well together. Certainly never tasted anything quite like this one. Looking forward to trying this one into the future. Paired well with my shrimp stir fry.
02-18-2013 07:56:23 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter glass.
A: Poured pitch black with less than one finger tan head. Some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Smell is all spice with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, all spice mixed with some bread and banana.
T: Spices dominate here along with hints of bitter chocolate or expresso. Much different flavor than your average brew.
M: Medium body with average carbonation and finishes a bit dry.
O: Interesting beer. The spiciness is nice on a cold winter night. I'm not sure I want to drink bottle after bottle of this one, but it is a very nice change of pace from other things I've had lately.
02-16-2013 00:49:09 | More by richj1970
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Had this on tap a few months back, now reviewing out of a bottle.
Pours jet black, much like the color of a stout but this has a great head and lace. Appearance is a mind trip since you think you should be drinking a stout with a great head, yet you know it's a Belgium Strong.
The smell is great. Tons of nutmeg and cinnamon. Two smell that I love. It does have a small metallic smell hidden behind the nutmeg and cinnamon but to be honest I only pick it up after I tasted it.
The taste is velvety with what you would expect from the smell. The nutmeg and cinnamon are very dominant and very well blended into the beer. However, I pick up a bit of metallic aftertaste from time to time which then I picked up from the smell too.
Overall, a very well put together beer which really is meant to drink in the winter rather than when I'm drinking it. Only a small flaw of a twinge of an aftertaste that knocks this down a bit. I really enjoyed this beer as a different kind of feel and would definite recommend it.
02-16-2013 00:45:58 | More by sjones5045
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.