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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

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 300 | FT: 29
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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IPAIsaac

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

09-02-2013 21:23:05 | More by IPAIsaac
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

10-20-2013 20:00:54 | More by Rekrule
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gueuzegossage

California

2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

04-17-2013 18:49:14 | More by gueuzegossage
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Churchkey.

The final beer of the evening has a dark pour with a brown head. It smells of roast, clove, and orange. There's a base of chocolate and spice. The base of the taste is very sweet; with chocolate with anise all over the place. Very disjointed. I can't place the various spices that bombard my palate. The finish is awful and I think this really needs age. There's a medium body and is carbonated well. The aftertaste is awful. Seriously the worst of the night. I can't figure out why they didn't make a beer that was ready to drink right now for the last in the series.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 23:20:42 | More by russwbeck
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-29-2013 02:54:51 | More by Blanco
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-16-2013 19:07:47 | More by Thorpe429
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ajtorres311

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

05-16-2013 17:45:30 | More by ajtorres311
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-14-2013 01:26:28 | More by Brown120
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Wildwood_Brew

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

06-21-2014 05:48:38 | More by Wildwood_Brew
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

03-11-2013 16:12:30 | More by sendbeer
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Keiferfillinger

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

11-13-2013 21:41:48 | More by Keiferfillinger
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bacasnax

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

04-01-2013 00:16:22 | More by bacasnax
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kornkid8600

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-26-2013 02:30:06 | More by kornkid8600
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NEdward

Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: brackish, very dark, minimal head

S: overpoweringly sweet -- molasses, beets, carrots

T: a day old fruit cake and V8

M: thick, overstayed its welcome

O: picked this up in september or october with a few other bombers and definitely regretted it. a sludgy opaque mass of overripe sweetness and a distinct vegetable juice finish. yuck.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:14:50 | More by NEdward
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. The end.

A: Opaque black with a thin brown head. Sticks to the side of the glass.

N: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chili pepper, molasses allspice, and pumpkin. To call this Christmas in a bottle might make it sound better than it is, but it’s apt.

T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of flavor, but they’re not what I’d call good - in fact it’s more of a massive overload.

M: Thick and dry. Medium bodied.

O: This is my least favorite by far. There’s just too much going on here, and it never comes together - it’s the throw everything into the kettle approach which I don’t much like.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 20:00:50 | More by writerLJBerg
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared a bottle on NYE

Pours very black with a small coffee head with no retention or lacing.

Heavily spiced aromas. Cloves overpower, but also cinnamon along with a sweet toffee malt backbone.

Mostly follows the nose. I get a little coffee and roasted malts that weren't present in the nose, but the clove still overshadows any sort of subtle flavor components.

Heavy carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink. Medium bodied.

Haven't liked one of these in a few years. Way too much clove and the spices are well out of balance. Glad I only bought one of these as I'm not even really sure I want to drink it much less multiples.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 20:34:54 | More by jmarsh123
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snaotheus

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours black with a smallish fine head. Can't see much carbonation, but that might be the opacity. Honestly, looks more like a stout than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smell is overpoweringly black licorice. Extremely sweet. That is all I can smell. And it's not my favorite smell.

Taste is more black licorice with some additional medicine flavor. Still very sweet. Alcohol is noticeable. It reminds me (for some reason) of jaegermeister. This is clearly not my deal.

Mouthfeel is a strange combination of sticky and dry. Overall...the black licorice character (as I perceive it) is a no go. It's not quite so bad that I'm willing to drainpour the whole thing, but I'm not sure I'll make it through the whole thing, either.

If you like black licorice, you should try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:09:02 | More by snaotheus
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rjhildre

North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bomber, poured into belgian snifter.

Look: Beautiful beer, almost completely opaque, Half finger of light brown sugar colored head with decent lacing that works it's way quickly down the glass.

Smell: Heavy spices, clove dominates despite claims on the bottle that only a little was used.

Taste: Heavy clove at first, almost off-putting, but gives way to cinnamon, coffee, dark chocolate, and a small element of dry snuff tobacco. Slight astringency on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The most disappointing aspect of this beer to me. A beer this dark and spiced I want to chew. Too thin and quaffable, lacking the malt backbone that I think could make this one memorable.

All in all this beer was reminiscent of the holiday offerings that trader joe's released around the holidays (brewed by unibroue I believe.) All in all not a not a bad beer for a $7 bomber but not something I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:35:45 | More by rjhildre
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JamFuel

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-28-2013 08:30:21 | More by JamFuel
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scantonio

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-31-2012 05:47:49 | More by scantonio
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fehrminator

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-23-2012 04:25:24 | More by fehrminator
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-16-2012 02:33:40 | More by Dave_Treat
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arash1000

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

12-27-2012 06:37:19 | More by arash1000
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

08-19-2013 23:18:23 | More by mwbrady12
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scottDC

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

03-15-2014 02:58:37 | More by scottDC
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.