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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)

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very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale proved to be an eccentric diversion from our previous lineup of innovative Belgian-inspired brews. And considering we're Stone, that's really saying something. This unprecedented beer was brewed with cinnamon stick and Anaheim green chiles, giving it an amazing flavor profile unlike anything that came before it. It certainly didn't need any enhancement, but we just don't know when to leave well enough alone (and we've demonstrated before that you can, indeed, improve upon perfection). So we decided to tinker with it a bit and laid a small portion to rest in wine barrels. Not wanting to limit our experiment to only red or white wine barrels, we chose both. Treat yourself to a bottle of each and compare. All in the name of science, of course...

(Beer added by: FosterJM on 12-18-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Jree261, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Brandon_Carver, Apr 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

schnarr84, Jul 27, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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).

DonDirkA, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Barnsley, Jul 28, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

A: Deep amber color with a quickly dissipating ivory head.

S: Smells of apples as the primary aroma. There was some Belgian characteristics available as well.

T: Red wine is primary here. There was some apples, Belgian esters, and caramel in the background.

M: Great viscosity with good carbonation.

O: Great beer. Worth getting.

jvillefan, Jan 27, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +14.8%

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear, bold mahogany amber body. Nice head with moderate retention. Very nice lace.

S - First smell is a bold sour grape with a nice sweet middle. Aroma is more reminiscent of white wine rather than red. Notes of fresh peppers on the back end with white oak.

T- Wow. Soft oak and lightly sour backbone. Caramel, tannins, cinnamon, and ancho overtones.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - Awesome balance and complexity.

vfgccp, Jun 15, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a small off white head. In the aroma, quite oaky and notes of red wine. In the taste, dry red wine, oaky and a small alcohol presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry red wine oakiness in the aftertaste. Big oak, big red wine and small notes of spice, which complimented it quite well.

OWSLEY069, Jul 10, 2013
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Leftofthedial, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Joshpu, Mar 17, 2013
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imyourhero21, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rich540, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

zdeck37, Apr 24, 2014
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RebornStussy, Jun 24, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and red wine. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and mild chile heat on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 01, 2013
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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.