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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

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 299 | FT: 28
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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Blanco

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-29-2013 02:54:51 | More by Blanco
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beertunes

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Belgian Strong Dark Ale? I had thought this a Stout when I had it. Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black, no translucence, with over a half-inch of medium brown head that had good retention and nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very malt heavy, and had some light roast notes and a touch of fruitiness as well (perhaps from a Belgian yeast?). Whoa!! There's a lot going on across the tastebuds. Some fruit, some definite alcohol, some grain, some yeast, some roast. This is certainly a multiple personality brew.

The body was solid but a bit thin (remember, I thought that this was a stout when I took my notes) but still enjoyable. The beer did have sharp, harsh finish that I didn't care for. Drinkability was OK, but this is a "one & done" type of beer for me. Maybe if I stumble across a bottle in a couple of years, I'd try again, otherwise I won't miss it. Overall, an OK brew that's worth trying if you see it. I didn't particularly care for it but, YMMV.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 01:20:49 | More by beertunes
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NYSPHophead

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-29-2013 00:08:11 | More by NYSPHophead
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EL48823

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-28-2013 20:26:31 | More by EL48823
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EvilAsh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-28-2013 14:21:33 | More by EvilAsh
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pointone

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-28-2013 04:53:56 | More by pointone
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-28-2013 04:05:49 | More by notdriving
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-28-2013 01:05:02 | More by mportnoy
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a nice thick tan head

S-strong scent of cinnamon, licorice, dark roasted grains, nutmeg dark belgian spices, and some cocoa. smells good! there's a lot going on here, smells like a christmas beer.

T-comes in with a strong taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. it's actually fairly bitter. there are dark belgian spices that come out stronger in the after-taste. it's definitely good, but I'd the bitterness is the dominant trait here.

M-really heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish, very much like a raw belgian

O-tastes like a really bitter christmas dark belgian ale. the bitterness is actually overpowering, and almost takes away from the flavors, making this not the most drinkable beer. It's such a unique beer that I recommend you going out and trying it, but make sure you have it with a few friends, you might not want the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:36:18 | More by AdamBear
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twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-27-2013 11:56:57 | More by twax
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2013 06:14:41 | More by smartassboiler
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GFD400

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-27-2013 00:56:30 | More by GFD400
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastically aromatic with holiday spices including cinnamon.
Pouring this into a chamay goblet, it looks thick and dark and velvetty lusious. The color is a deep brown almost black even at the edges. I gave this brew a hard pour and the results were like that of a nitro but not the tall head one expects with nitros. The head was small brownish but dense and any swirl refreshes the head.
Taste is big and malty with generous spicing with molasses and cinnamon.
Drinks smooth and thick with a semi bitter finish. As it warms it goes south big time.
Reminds me alot of Anchors holiday brew but without the tree limbs and stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 16:13:45 | More by micromaniac129
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into the Vertical Epic glass.

It's extrememly dark brown, even the edges, where a little light shows, is dark brown.

Smell isn't super strong, but smells like Christmas. It's like liquid dark gingerbread cookies.

The flavor is dark but not very earthy. There is a dark tea character with some toasty, maybe even burnt, spices like something burnt a little in a pan. I also detect the scent of black coffee.

It feels dark, like tea and black coffee with a bit of tannin.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 16:03:38 | More by Doppelbockulus
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JamesMcCaffrey

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-26-2013 04:49:43 | More by JamesMcCaffrey
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Danflurry

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-26-2013 04:05:43 | More by Danflurry
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kornkid8600

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-26-2013 02:30:06 | More by kornkid8600
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a caramel colored head that hangs around and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of bubble gum, clove, and some minor earthy notes.

Clove and bubble gum come up front with a sweet punch, but they dissipate into a bitter coffee note. Dark fruit (Currant) and bitter chocolate linger towards the end, but are overwhelmed by bitter spice. At times I want to hate this beer, but it is complex enough to keep me interested. This would pair real well with a Macanudo Maduro cigar.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:11:00 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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arizcards

Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo last weekend for $5.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice head that disapated quickly.

Nose is holiday spices, molasses, and cinnamon.

Taste is a medley of spices, hint of molasses, cinnamon, dark fruits. There is a lot going on but it works pretty well together.

Mouthfeel is superb with the classic belgian yeast strain lending a beautiful smoothness.

Overall this brew is pretty good, definitely fun to try one time. Like any spiced brew one is definitely enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:27:51 | More by arizcards
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-26-2013 00:51:18 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Chieftog

Nevada

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-26-2013 00:20:19 | More by Chieftog
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tjenkins

Washington

5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-25-2013 23:36:54 | More by tjenkins
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Twal

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2013 02:39:13 | More by Twal
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BMoldy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2013 02:23:21 | More by BMoldy
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-25-2013 02:00:03 | More by dbell23
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.