Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.91/5 rDev +0.3%
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
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
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
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
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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