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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 17:08:30 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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cobra8u

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:09:26 | More by cobra8u
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MaillardRx

Kansas

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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 19:32:24 | More by MaillardRx
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jsprain1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:29:53 | More by jsprain1
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freshflesh

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-27-2013 08:02:09 | More by freshflesh
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briandaube

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-08-2013 21:03:26 | More by briandaube
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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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studad

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-07-2012 23:29:56 | More by studad
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thomascj

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

02-25-2013 20:33:29 | More by thomascj
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

02-02-2013 04:35:00 | More by ohiobeer29
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RyFikes

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-09-2013 18:10:20 | More by RyFikes
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brewmanchu

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-03-2013 00:09:30 | More by brewmanchu
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garthdreese

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-02-2014 20:02:25 | More by garthdreese
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g_jenkins

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-27-2012 08:46:44 | More by g_jenkins
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LakerLeith

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-09-2014 01:33:43 | More by LakerLeith
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thegrimone

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-09-2013 08:01:07 | More by thegrimone
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

02-02-2013 21:20:57 | More by MrJolly
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Spaz7

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-24-2013 20:38:42 | More by Spaz7
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avckc

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-16-2013 21:31:26 | More by avckc
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

07-17-2013 01:37:35 | More by pathman
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utfiero

Texas

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 22:53:02 | More by utfiero
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-25-2013 02:00:03 | More by dbell23
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cdayb1

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

12-16-2012 22:16:08 | More by cdayb1
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TonyT013

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-23-2013 03:21:06 | More by TonyT013
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LeeG

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-22-2013 00:43:42 | More by LeeG
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.