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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

1,437 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 314 | FT: 34
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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Chieftog, Jan 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

tjenkins, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Twal, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

BMoldy, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

dbell23, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

cwreay90, Jan 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

DarthGuitarHero, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a good head, and good lacing on the side of the glass

S- Very spicy, like cloves or ginger.

T- Almost completely spice, with just a little bit of an alcohol flavor on the finish. Not hoppy at all, and fairly sweet.

M- Thick and heavy, which is good for this kind of beer.

O- Definitely worth having once, if not a few times. Although, probably more so due to it's rarity. If you have this in a bottle, and you're letting this age as many on this page suggest, please share how it tastes after a few years of aging. I would like to know if the spice flavors become more mellowed and the beer becomes more complex.

CuteZombieDoll, Jan 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Focusf111, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

twenteone, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-malty, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon

T-dark fruit, molasses, malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of nuttiness, slight bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth ABV not that noticeable

O-a pretty solid belgian ale, definitely a stronger beer from this series

MDDMD, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

zonker17, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

TimMack, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

SPRichard, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Burt, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

iKrystin, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

2GOOFY, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

laxer8811, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of TheBeerWolf
1.4/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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.

TheBeerWolf, Jan 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

LeeG, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 .

Cylinsier, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

h2k2c, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Kahmal, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

flexabull, Jan 21, 2013
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.