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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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very good

1,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 315 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

On Cask at Beachwood Long Beach

I haven't yet had this from the bottle or on regular tap, so I am not sure if the cask varied at all with maybe extra spicing, but this was a massive holiday spice bomb. It reminded me of a kicked up Anchor Christmas Ale, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you feel about holiday spice in your beer. I generally love holiday ales, but for me Anchor is about the ceiling of where I want my spices. This became a bit overwhelming just to get through a half cask pour (10 oz). Cinnamon takes over and for me it affected the mouthfeel of what was otherwise a beer that seemed a natural fit for cask. I am sure that park of this may also be from cocoa or some other ingredients, but cinnamon is so prominent that it is all that I was imagining when I felt a chalkiness across my tongue. The spices distract from any Belgian characteristics and also hide any heat from the ABV. Pretty girthy beer, as well.

I want to try this now in bottle and tap to see if maybe extra spices were used in the cask. Enjoyable in small quantities and if the bottles or regular keg have the spice pulled back a bit, then it might be more enjoyable for myself.


Had regular keg of this and it is still a holiday spice bomb, but slightly less spicy than the cask and where cinnamon had dominated the flavor of the cask, clove dominated on tap. I don't know if there was different or additional spicing for the cask or if the spices just came out differently between the two sources.

opwog, Dec 12, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

A: Dark black in body, with a deep brown head. The head is quite dense with a few robin's egg specks, that slowly grow into frog eyes.

S: A very herbal smell wafts up from my glass. Ginger or maybe clove, there is a bit of citrus peel in there as well, and well as a hint of licorice or anise. There is also a smell of brown bread mixing with the licorice. Certainly smells interesting. There is almost a chocolate, orange, ginger combo working there.

T: Slightly tart, the herbal quality comes through, as well as a hint of dirty metal. A decent amount of bitterness with some dark grain attributes. An odd duck for sure. Herbal and earthy, still a hint of licorice, and citrus coming through.

M: Dry and tingly in the mouth. although the feel of the body is medium heavy.

O: Overall a bit odd for me. It is certainly a 'womp' for the end of an epic series, but unfortunately, I don't think it goes out with a bang. Interesting, yes. Different, yes. Tasty, somewhat.. I can see enjoying this spiced beer around the holidays, but it falls short of a great holiday beer, and doesn't approach the awesomeness of other Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

Beejay, Jan 08, 2013
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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