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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: 302 | 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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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-23-2013 22:21:27 | More by SPRichard
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-23-2013 19:32:54 | More by Burt
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-23-2013 02:14:35 | More by JAHMUR
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2013 05:26:09 | More by iKrystin
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2013 02:58:50 | More by 2GOOFY
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laxer8811

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2013 01:21:36 | More by laxer8811
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

1.4/5  rDev -64.1%

Very pretty looking beer but that is where the fun stops. Real nice black color too it, great dark tan head that sticks around for a bit. I smell mostly clove and some other spices thrown in. The taste at first was smooth coffee but with too many spices thrown in. That was when it was really cold, the flavors were subdued. As it warmed, dear lord. Yuck. The clove and spices began to just overwhelm the whole thing. Tastes like liquid black jack gum. Just plain awful. Can't really judge mouthfeel when I am wreching. Overall way too many spices. Just plain gross. Maybe with a few years of age this would mellow into something decent.

01-22-2013 00:51:35 | More by TheBeerWolf
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LeeG

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-22-2013 00:43:42 | More by LeeG
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%

22 oz.

Pours jet black, coffee and cream head retains as a film.

Smells of cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.

Flavor is notably spiced. Cinnamon, cloves, and even black pepper maybe. Brown sugar, coffee and chocolate follow. A nutty bitterness rounds it out.

Medium to full body with tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

An interesting and enjoyable spiced ale, the spices are very pronounced throughout. Very different from the 11/11/11, the only other one of this series I've had. It's worth trying as a novelty at least, and because of its limited nature. I'm sure if I would have it again, though .

01-22-2013 00:42:00 | More by Cylinsier
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h2k2c

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2013 00:16:33 | More by h2k2c
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Kahmal

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2013 23:34:51 | More by Kahmal
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flexabull

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Shared a 12.12.12 last month with friends and family along with every Epic except 02.02.02. Thought I'd sit down with a bottle today to give it a proper review.

Pours a deep brown color with a very nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are very spice forward. I mostly notice nutmeg and allspice. I also smell ginger even though I'm pretty sure it wasn't in the brew.

Starts out soft, and slightly sweet with notes of cola. Then the finish kicks in with a bunch of spice flavors. Some anise, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Complex, but pretty one demensinal with spices and not a lot of traditional dark Belgian flavors.

Mouthfeel is soft, full and pretty smooth.

Overall? Interesting, but too spice forward for my liking. Maybe if you set one down for a few years it might mellow a bit, but to me it's just a bit much at the moment. Not bad, but not great.

01-21-2013 21:54:10 | More by flexabull
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Tumble

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-21-2013 21:39:26 | More by Tumble
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charlzm

California

2.78/5  rDev -28.7%

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

The beer is an opaque very dark brown. Only a thin ring of foam for a head.

Aroma notes are a vague sweetness with counterpoints of nutmeg and smoke.

The flavor is quite strong, with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon being the main components. Malt is overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and still.

Not a very impressive way to end the Vertical Epic series.

01-21-2013 19:59:51 | More by charlzm
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2013 16:03:43 | More by freduardo
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campfirebrew

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-21-2013 15:20:10 | More by campfirebrew
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dominic4beer

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-21-2013 06:58:34 | More by dominic4beer
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-21-2013 00:52:28 | More by Hopmarc
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2013 19:56:03 | More by kayrex
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-20-2013 18:51:31 | More by orangesol
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

A - It looks like a porter or stout. It is very dark. Light does not penetrate this beer. It is topped with two inches of tan head.

S - It smells like a Christmas ale. It is spicy with cinnamon and clove.

T - I get plenty of spices. Clove seems to be prominent. I also taste some roasted malt and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium

O - It reminds me of Anchor's Our Special Ale. It is okay, not great.

01-20-2013 18:01:49 | More by buschbeer
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-20-2013 07:16:50 | More by cclark67789
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-20-2013 05:01:15 | More by KiMiRaiK
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Pando

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-19-2013 21:38:35 | More by Pando
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2013 04:42:20 | More by rob99er
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.