Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
4.6/5 rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The nose is definitely from the wine barrels. Acidic, red grapes, booze, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, apple skins, brown sugar, caramel and just the slightest hint of chiles. The nose is very similar to a sour (specifically Russian River Supplication). The taste is odd, complex and intriguing. Cherries, grapes, chiles, red wine, oak, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, apples, a hint of bitterness and some subtle booziness. Thats a strange list of flavors when I read it over again, haha. Its really fantastic. I'm glad I splurged on it ($26 for 500 ml).
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 08:41:37 | More by DonDirkA
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3.64/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a deep iced-tea brown with a fluffy dark tan head that faded into a thick fuzzy film and collar that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Straight after the pour the vinous red wine barrel comes through more than expected and imparts almost berry-like notes to the nose. Once the head fades down a bit, the cinnamon and roasted chilies comes through and create a spicy, chipotle pepper scent. Notes of belgian yeast and raisin are mixed in there as well.
T: Lightly bitter woody notes of red wine barrel mixes well with the base chili, cinnamon, raisin, and Belgian yeast flavors. I get powdery notes of chocolate, grapes, and musty barrel in the finish, with hints of peppery spice, chili and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Chili is (obviously) way more subtle than the original was fresh, but there is a very faint tingly in my mouth after each swallow.
M: Medium-full body, slick, fairly sweet and slight astringent mouthfeel, with some drying oak and a few gritty tannins.
O: A decent beer, nothing crazy. Red wine barrel added an additional layer of complexity to the base beer, but I’m not I would call it an improvement. Different I guess, definitely not worse though. I’d drink this again but wouldn’t seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:08:07 | More by scottfrie
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.