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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

1,436 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 313 | 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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5/5  rDev +28.2%

drinkinmiles, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- jet black, 1/4" brown head

S- egg nog, figs, time, clove, mint, earthy, bark, herbal, roasted malts, peppered & sweet jerky

T- herbs & spices, sweet smoked wood, pepper, hint of chocolate

M- medium body, low carbonation, belly warming alcohol

O- caught me completely off guard when i poured this and a jet black oily elixer emerged. Stunned me when i took my first sniff! Like opening up a spice cabinet, so many herbs and spices attack the senses and burn tbe nose. It's so earthy and spicy in both aroma/flavor. I have never tasted anything like it. I bought another to age but i think i might have to buy another, just to drink it again.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of cobra8u
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Its like Great Lakes Xmas Ale on Steroids...Nice lacing...to bad I am drinking this at Memorial Day...oh well. Reminds me of the Xmas season. Definitely has the appearance of a stout although the head is somewhat darker. The head btw hangs in there, I served in a Warsteiner Mug and could not see light through. This Beer definitely stood up to the appearance a beer should have served in that mug.

cobra8u, May 24, 2013
Photo of MaillardRx
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black as night, black as coal. I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky, and I did. Brownish, tan head with a tasteful amount of lacing

S: Ginger, spices, licorice, sweetish

T: Candied fruits, raisins, plums, Christmas spices, currants, and like a hint of cedar

M: Good for this flavor profile, but perhaps minimally carbonated

O: A very fine beer indeed and would drink it any chance I could

MaillardRx, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of jsprain1
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- darn near opaque dark chocolate, even when held to light. Head is a half finger cocoa brown. Retention is so-so with a little bit of lacing.
S- A plethora of aromas, most of them spice centric. Clove, cinnamon, dark sugar, burnt caramel, and a bit of smoke.
T- This is a beer that layers flavors well. reading the extensive list of flavor notes on the side of the bottle I was worried about them competing, but they complement well. Chocolate, a lingering smoke, clove, cinnamon, and licorice. A bit sweet, but certainly less so than your average BSDA.
M- The mouthfeel is excellent. Medium body, carbonation is low and smooth. I would have given it a five, but given my expectations from reading Stone's description I expected it to be drier. It is smooth and a just a hint sweet.
O- A very very good beer. Definitely worth picking up.

jsprain1, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

briandaube, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

kneary13, Sep 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Danflurry, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

studad, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

thomascj, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

ohiobeer29, Feb 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

RyFikes, May 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

brewmanchu, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

garthdreese, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

g_jenkins, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

MrJolly, Feb 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Spaz7, May 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

avckc, Apr 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

pathman, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of utfiero
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color- near black with dark mocha head.

Aroma- nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin and other spices.

Taste- (initial tasting on 12/30/2012) Starts with a spiced intro including clove, cinnamon, and pine needles, then mellows out with roasted malt notes, finishing with a balanced hoppiness.

Aged test 10/20/2013- on retest this is ambrosia. This is like eating a homemade pumpkin pie while drinking an aged Scotch with the faint aroma of pipe smoke in the background. Silky and beautiful! A true epic.

Each time poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

utfiero, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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

cdayb1, Dec 16, 2012
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.