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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

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 300 | FT: 29
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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DeezGunz14

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-11-2013 01:41:44 | More by DeezGunz14
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 22:19:57 | More by WoodBrew
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 21:05:35 | More by LeRose
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-10-2013 06:10:36 | More by TXhomebrewer
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irs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-10-2013 03:16:53 | More by irs
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elec

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

02-10-2013 01:40:01 | More by elec
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derekdenim

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-09-2013 23:42:51 | More by derekdenim
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corneliustoad

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-09-2013 22:49:24 | More by corneliustoad
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-09-2013 20:09:05 | More by NumberNone
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-09-2013 15:07:29 | More by ALLISON01
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:14:49 | More by axeman9182
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-09-2013 03:39:19 | More by bigred89
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark Belgian, almost black with a small half finger khaki head

S- Belgian yeast, banana, clove, cinnamon, ester

T- Lots of dry sweetness. A bit of caramel but mostly cinnamon, allspice, clove. Very sweet finish

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a very sweet/dry finish

O- Lots of spice flavor with a dry start and a sweet finish. A decent dark Belgian with spices.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 03:37:38 | More by mjohnson17
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Devinph

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-08-2013 02:20:51 | More by Devinph
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-07-2013 22:38:45 | More by DRTBrewster
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank 2/3/13
(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a thin deep tan head that fades to a thin ring before the first sip. There is a sluggish microcarbonation that trails up the glass.

S- The aroma of rotten banana ether gives way to a dry spice mixture that takes more of a banana bread aroma as it opens.

T- The big dry spice flavor has some iodine taste to it with a ginger, clove, anise, allspice flavor coming through. It finishes with a slightly dry bitterness either from spices or black malt that lingers. There is also a charred wood note that comes through in the aftertaste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a hint of fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is a big spice mess with the only malt flavor being a big bitterness. There is no malt, hops or yeast character to help cover the spices. I don’t think age would help this much, and it was tough getting through this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 21:28:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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user785335

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-07-2013 17:41:38 | More by user785335
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-07-2013 17:41:20 | More by taospowder
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afrothunder

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-07-2013 05:05:15 | More by afrothunder
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-07-2013 02:03:21 | More by Kopfschuss
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-06-2013 20:18:21 | More by ROBSTARR
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bca115

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-06-2013 15:13:26 | More by bca115
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-06-2013 12:30:55 | More by jsanford
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

02-06-2013 04:41:11 | More by BugTownPub
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is loaded with black pepper, dark fruits, molasses and caramel. Amazing.
The taste is dark... molasses sweetness, black licorice, plum and grapefruit bitterness. Quite complex with some bold flavors.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and a heavier body.
It's a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:51:11 | More by Fatehunter
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.