Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.11/5 rDev -20.3%
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in.
T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable.
O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down it'll be a little more palatable.
02-13-2013 03:15:35 | More by Treebs
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
22oz bottle bought at Tully's in Wells. Pours an opaque black body with a half inch of tan head. Smells like chocolate and vanilla. Dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, spice, and nut comprise the flavor. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty damn good.
02-13-2013 02:41:13 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3.08/5 rDev -21%
The final Vertical Epic....
Pretty much a black body, some red highlights give off some clarity. Tan head retains as a thick cap with some lace left behind.
Not much strength in the scent, but definitely getting a spicy feel, breadiness.
Holy spice. Xmas trees, cinnamon, toasted bread, yeast, a mix of sweet+slightly roasted malts, some dark fruits, and more Xmas spices for good measure.
No real booze presence, good mouthfeel overall, but the drinkability suffers for sure.
Yikes. I don't mind my spice bombs sometimes but this was a little too much for me.
02-12-2013 17:01:52 | More by Chico1985
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
The vertical epoch 12-12-12 reminded me of a black Saison. The beer poured a dark opaque black with rich tan head that laced well. The smell had burnt Maise, roasty malts and hops. The taste was much like the smell with a great blend of alcohol. The mouthfeel was full bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer!
02-10-2013 22:19:57 | More by WoodBrew
3.49/5 rDev -10.5%
22 oz. bottle poured into snifter.
Pored black with a short mocha colored head with minimal retention. Small ring of foam, but globs of lacing on glass.
Nose was spice heavy with allspice, trace of cinnamon, clove, maybe a touch of anise. Banana and bread also present.
Taste was spice dominant following the nose laced with slight bitter chocolate. Licorice stronger in flavor than in the nose - liked that flavor note. Sweetness present. Malty, barely hints at some dark sweet fruit, dates or figs.
Mouthfeel was drying,but some sticky sweetness. Some burn and tingle. Carbonation seems lacking.
Overall, a bit spice heavy for my taste, but a good drinker. The spices seemed sort of muddled.
02-10-2013 21:05:35 | More by LeRose
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Jester King goblet.
The final entry in Stone's Vertical Epic series pours stout like in color, jet black with some mocha foam. The head climbs to three fingers in height, and while it only displays average head retention, does leave some thick webbed lacing stuck to the glass. The aroma is highlighted by nutmeg, with cinnamon and clove weaving into the picture as well. A light dusting of cocoa powder greets my palate, before the spice profile from the nose flows through. A subtle kick of orange peel provides a nice close. The body is nice and dry, but the carbonation is a little bit lackluster and dull. Stone's 12.12.12 Vertical Epic is a little heavy on the spices, and the mouthfeel is just off, but it's still a solid beer.
02-09-2013 04:14:49 | More by axeman9182
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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