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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

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very good

296 Reviews

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 1,552
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 30
Gots: 380 | FT: 43
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:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 1,552
Photo of rjhildre
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch if beige head. The aroma offers licorice, overly spiced, cookie dough, holiday spices. Mediocre flavor. Dark roast and spices with a touch of alcohol heat. This puts the final touches on a mediocre set of beers. On the whole, I remain entirely unimpressed with Stone.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip/snifter like glass. Half finger of a khaki head, dark brownish black body. Some head retention and good lacing.

Smells like a Christmas cookie mixed with fruit cake. Big cinnamon, brown sugar, anise, light Belgian yeast fruitiness.

Mega spice flavor here. Big cinnamon and dark chocolate. Some roast, coffee, licorice and coco powder. The base beer is so far buried and the Belgian character is muted.

Medium full bodied, medium to low carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I don't think I could handle a full glass of this but none the less this is incredible. So heavily spiced yet fairly drinkable. The base beer is well made as usual from Stone, but is so muted. I enjoyed how in your face the spices are and how hidden the 9% is.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(from notes 12.20.12.)
Served in a 16 oz tulip.

Look- Deep coffee brown with half a finger of tan foam that falls to a filmy ring. Decent lace.

Smell- Heavily spiced, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, a hint of ginger. Rich, dark. Belgian? Not so sure. Faint esters, char and spice dominate.

Taste- Coffee, cardamom, mace, dusty prune, leathered fig, mocha, mild char. Vanilla bean. Finishes with dark roast, spiced espresso, not as sweet as expected.

Mouthfeel- Full body, medium-high carbonation. Prickly on the sip, smooths out. A sipper, but lightened by the carb. 16 oz. is plenty.

Overall- Perhaps I've been spoiled by the other excellent spiced ales I've had recently (Yogi, Krampus, La Grivoise de Noel), but this one's a bit lackluster. Perhaps it's the yeast or perhaps Stone dumped a chaotic bucket of spices into the brew, but it comes off as a bit heavy-handed. Flavorful, but ultimately not as subtle or complex as I was hoping for. It's not bad by any means, but there are quite a few Belgian Dark Ales I'd pick over this one, spiced or otherwise.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First review using .25's.

A-Dark brown with a head that is merely a ring. No coverage above the body. Mild lacing speckles.

S-This is my first Vertical Epic. I don't really know how different each year has been. That being said, the nose is pretty unappetizing. Overbearing spice notes of rosemary, clove and nutmeg. Behind that is a slight salted/cured meat aroma. Smells like my Italian grandmother is over-preparing a pork loin.

T-The flavor is more of the same. A tipped over spice rack. Now there is an infusion of spicy, pepper heat. Verbose. Ridiculously spicy. Light roast behind it. Even the yeast is pushed back by the spice medley.

M-Body! Carbonation!

O/D-Stone is so erratic. Their Enjoy By IPA was one of my favorite brews; this one sits along their Belgo Anise RIS as one of my least favorite beers I can recently bring to mind. It kinda grows on you. However, the first sniff and sip are awful and the lingering flavor makes me sad. If this is a representation of this entire Vertical series, I am so glad I missed this annual train of buttgravy.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a big thick creamy 2 finger brown head that faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of spices and yeast up front, followed by cardboard, herbs, clove, root beer, licorice, allspice, cocoa powder, wheat bread, roasted grains, flowers and more spices. There are some many spices that it’s like sniffing potpourri sprinkled in a dark ale or porter. Licorice seems to jump out that most, and to me this nose is OK; I guess it’s Belgian inspired, but borders on too many spices for me.

Tastes alright, but follows the same pattern as the aroma: spices and yeast up front, and then it tastes like Christmas. Hard to nail down why, but it just does. Flavors include licorice, allspice, cocoa powder, herbs, clove, root beer, wheat bread, roasted grains, light caramel, flowers, pepper, cinnamon and more spices, burnt wood and alcohol like a liquor. Again, so many spices that it’s like drinking potpourri in a porter that has some liquor added. The licorice and herbs almost take over, but the Belgian yeast and roasted charcoal grains even it out with some bitterness and hide the ABV pretty well. Definitely a holiday seasonal beer that is Belgian in design, but just so complex that it’s almost confusing. Stone likes to confuse people, so maybe they are laughing last again.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost slick, with very mild carbonation, a chewy medium body and a spicy yet almost bitter finish that’s on the dry side.

I liked this beer quite a bit, but I’m hoping it ages better so I can love this beer because the Vertical Epic 11.11.11 got so much better with age that I have very high hopes for this brew. Will crack open another bottle in 6 months and update the review.

12/21/13-Cracked open an aged bottle and it looked even better than it did a year ago, with a great head and real nice lacing. Smells of allspice, cinnamon, clove, caramel, yeast and a whole mix of spices like the spice rack was dumped in, but in a good way; the aroma was more mellow then a year ago with smoky grainy notes mixed with the yeast and spices. Tastes of burnt grains, molasses, allspice, yeast, clove, toffee and lots of spices – so many spices that it’s hard to distinguish. Lots of herbal notes mixed with the spices makes it quite complex and the burnt or smoky notes of the yeast/malt add some body and a chewy feel. Overall it was more balanced, rich and winter seasonal – much better with age.

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Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a well-sized, pillowed, dark tan-hued head. Sufficient lacing present.

Smell: Even before leaning in for a sniff, you can smell the heavy-handed pack of spices, but, go on, already, and use that snout of yours. Sniff long, sniff deep. You get a clear-cut aroma of each member of the spicing addition, overneathe the charred maltiness and Belgian-type esters.

Taste: Roasted, burnt maltiness with some lighter, gentler tastes of breadcrust, brown sugar that, soon, are consumed by the accumulating spiciness. Very little sweetness throughout. Like being tossed in a giant burlap sack with feral cats, you’re torn to shreds by the spices. Also, some bitterness. Yes, some alcohol. And, still, there’s the charry maltiness. Finishes quite dry, quite spicy, and still rather roasty. In fact, those’re the main impressions of the beer: roast and potpourri.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It’s the end of an era, I suppose, and they’re closing out with a bold holiday spicing that would leave even the folks at St. Feuillien wide-eyed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A - Dark ink black with 1/2" of espresso coloured head.

S - Big spice bouquet up front - cinnamon, ginger, clove and all spice aromas are all present. Not getting anything but the spice in the nose.

T - A big hit of spice with cinnamon, ginger and cloves dominating. A light Belgian yeast profile is also present but the spices otherwise drown out the flavours from the base beer.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - An interesting beer to say the least. Despite the massive spice dominance, which would usually be borderline undrinkable for me, I somewhat enjoyed this one. That said, it was very one dimensional.

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 07-12 vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a deep rich dark brownish black hue with a good half finger head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, Light sweet malts, solid nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice flavours. Really lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and light roasted chocolate. Faint esters.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, nice and sharp.

O - Overall this beer was not that bad with nice lightly ester along with light chocolate. Solid job

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Photo of russwbeck
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of lace is left behind. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout, and is easily rejuvenated.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, toffee sweetness. Some dark fruits. Cinnamon and nutmeg. A clove like spice. Lots on the nose that is very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of toasted malt flavors. Baked bread and lots of sweetness. At first that toffee sweetness works well. Though eventually the sweetness becomes cloying. Plenty of spices as well. Cinnamon, clove, and even dark fruits. So much going on here.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Though smooth and creamy at the same time. Easy to drink. Plenty of alcohol mixed with the big sweetness makes this a slow sipper. Though still enjoyable.

Man, there is a lot going on here. The sweetness is a bit much, and this is a very busy beer. Though that is most offerings from Stone. It is good to see them not doing an over hopped style, or another crappy "Black IPA." Something I enjoyed, and a nice end to the Vertical Epic Series.

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken a few hours ago. Poured from tap into clean, clear glass at Melt Bar & Grilled in Mentor, Ohio at a cost of $5.50.

A Pitch black body...I see no light coming through...under a medium brown head. Nice lacing left on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S Very interesting smell. I get a subtle dark roast malt in the background. In the foreground is a cinnamon or clove spice smell that might be actually sweet. Not the sweetness of a malt, like a heavy syrupy sweetness but more of a powdered sugar gentle sweetness. I smelled repeatedly before tasting to be sure to get an unbiased SMELL rating. Very intriguing. I don't know how it could be improved. 5.0

T Dark roast malt makes a huge comeback in the taste from its back seat in the smell. Interestingly, it is in the second half of the taste and it is a deep, burnt roast malt taste. The first half of the taste features that welcomed somewhat sweet cinnamon or clove spiciness. This is a very good tasting beer. 4.5

M Interest persists into the feel of this beer. Initially I perceived the "bigness" of a Stout with its Dark Roast Malt. Later I was able to appreciate the long , smooth beginning feel of this beer. Repeated sips confirmed that there is a nice, long smooth feel as long as the beer remains in your mouth. Upon swallowing you get the dark roast malt bigness. This is proving to be a hell of an artisan beer! 5.0

D/O Drinkability is not that high. It is a huge beer, demands your attention and has an elevated ABV that you have to respect. Overall, this is a great beer that is appropriately big (celebrating the end of the Vertical Epic series) but also approachable with plenty to keep the drinker entertained and interested in what it has to offer. I will miss the Vertical Epic Series. 4.0

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Photo of Retta123
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark dark brown, with little head.

mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation.

taste: Clove, sweet, pecan, dark spices,

overall: I liked this, but couldn't have too many due to the strong clove flavor and sweetness. It would be good for an after dinner/special beer.

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Photo of acevenom
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a thin tan head. There are some visible bubbles along the side of the glass, indicating the presence of decent carbonation. The head doesn't hang around very long. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. I pick up very forward aromas of spices such as nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, and quite a bit of cinnamon. There are dark roasted malts and chocolate. There's maybe just a hint of anise and there is some sweetness in the scent. This is a very spice forward beer in the flavor. The cinnamon jumps out along with the nutmeg, ginger, clove, anise, and allspice. There are dark rosted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Age would be beneficial for mellowing out these spices, but they are still nice. The alcohol is well hidden here. The body is medium and has moderate carbonation. It's fairly pleasant to sip. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass, had a nice head of toffee caramel foam, with really great retention. Really good lacing and leaves a nice soapy film. Colour is a nearly pitch black dark brown.

Smell has a really interesting, lovely spiced bouquet of flavour. Earthy and subtle citrus spice notes come through. Roast malt, not a ton of upfront hop character, but it is really intricate and interesting.

Taste is lightly spiced, roasted malt is forward. Strong coffee, subtle clove and cinnamon spice, the interplay is really nice and intricate. A bit of minerally sweetness, some orange peel notes, quite festive and spicy. Aftertaste is long, toasty, with dry molasses bitterness comes through, just a tinge of subtle earthiness.

Mouthfeel is really big, carbonation is pretty mild, subtle sweetness and a rolling creaminess, a bit thick on the palate, becomes quite dry on the finish.

This was a definite winner, really nice. Some nice intriguing flavours coming through, blended well together. Complexity and balance of flavour is pretty solid, though has a couple rough patches. More points for being interesting than being flawless. A really solid offering from Stone.

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Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- This brew is a very dark, murky, and thick rich brown. Can't see through it a bit. Subtle light mocha-tan head that quickly calms to a medium-sized ring of bubbly lace and a scattered dusting over the brew. Looks much like a common stout or porter.

Smell: (3.5)

- Lots of spice up front from nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice. There is also a rather earthy and woody character to it as well. Perhaps some roasted malt and barley going on. There is only the slightest floral aroma along with the slightest smoke aroma. Smells good, but seems a little too spice-forward (which I am sure will settle with age).

Taste: (4.0)

- Certainly get the rose hips in flavor along with a touch of zest. Very balanced to say the least with all the spice and flavors. The malt is a nice chocolate and almost wooded and smoked tasting. Light clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon shine through, but are not at all too heavy. Seems this would be a good one to cellar a bit. Some light grassy and herbal hops going on to balance.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- This puppy has a full, smooth, and creamy body. Rather well carbonated, thus feeling thick and filling. It's a bit drying at the finish due to its bitterness, and is a little cloying. Overall quite decent.

Overall: (3.5)

- I'm just a touch let down with this one as a 'finale' of sorts. My favorite that I have had, has got to be the 09, especially with a couple of years on it. I haven't had much before the 07. This is of course super well-made, and is certainly a signature Stone beer. It's flavorful alright, just not quite the flavors I like. Too much like a winter or Christmas beer. But, I am positive it will cellar well, and really transform after 4 years or more. My sweet spot for this might be around 2 years.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a smallish tan head. Head fades quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

I have not read anything about this year's vintage, and was surprised to find the nose initially dominated by spices. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon in particular jump out, along with a bunch of cardamom. Very Christmas like. I can't really get anything beyond the spices.

Taste follows the nose closely. Spice city. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Also contains a minty flavour, a but herbal. Fairly dry. Some bready malt beneath and a bit of chocolate but certainly does not taste like a typical BSDA, even of the noel variety. Perhaps an enjoyable beer for those who like lots of spices in their beer, but I am not one of those people.

Medium to full bodied, low to moderate carbonation.

Overall, over-spiced for my liking. Obscures the rest of the beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured black as night with a two finger mocha head. Left slight lacing.

S - Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Gingerbread, Anise, Basil, Very slight chocolate if you actually sniff for it.

T - HOLY SHIT does this taste like Cinnamon. Really, That's all I was able to pick up. It was like taking a spoonful of cinnamon and eating it alone. The cinnamon was too sweet as well. Did not expect this flavor from this beer. Alright, Perhaps there was some slight clove and slight honey as well, But it didn't help.

M - Medium bodied light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall, This beer was a disappointment. I was expecting something close to a Double Bastard but I didn't get it. Oh well. Not worth the $8.99 price tag.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a large head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace in its wake.

S - A really odd, vegetal, aroma with notes of mint and basil.

T - Dark chocolate, peppers, basil, and smoke. Lots of cinnamon in the middle and a finish of basil, sage, pepper, and chocolate.

M - Mediuth thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, but quite odd. The herbal character is completely out of left field based on what the bottle says it is spiced with. Very strong basil character is more interesting than balanced, but I enjoyed the xoerience overall.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger tan head on a jet black body with nice lacing.

S: spearmint, soap, gingerbread, hint of roasted malts.

T: gingerbread dominates here. Spices also include nutmeg and cinnamon. hints of floral notes. the finish is very earthy with a coffee like dryness and flavor without the bitterness.

M: medium to thick body and light carbonation. smooth and clean mouthfeel.

Overall: biggest issue here is that this one is initially a little watery but fills out in the finish. Complex and flavorful. A nice finish to the series. Not too sweet but sweet enough.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brownish black body, finger khaki head,
amazing lacing

S: malt, ripe fruits, clove, ginger, xmas spices

T: chocolate, ripe fruits, bready malt,
long cloved/spicy finish

M: med/heavy, chewy/smooth mouth

O: Stone is truly excellent! This is a fun way
to celebrate the end of the year. Strong Ale
meets Christmas brew.


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Photo of jsprain1
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black with a thin line of tan colored bubbles on top.

Licorice, gingerbread, roasted malt, and chocolate aromas.

The flavor is very intense up front with strong gingerbread and anise flavors. These flavors do not fade and blend with a grassy hop and roasted malt in the finish.

Full body with peppery carbonation. Has a bit of an oily feel to it.

I really like the gingerbread and licorice flavors in this beer. I can see where it may turn people off as these are very polarizing flavors. For me, it is an excellent beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.