Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
Almost gagged in disgust reading the pretentious description on this one. Ah, Stone - congratulations, you've succeeded in matching your desired market image. You are indeed a bunch of arrogant bastards - only there's no hint of cheeky self awareness in the actuality of the situation. Why then, did I buy this beer? Because I respect anyone who creates for a living and Every Beer Gets A Chance. 500ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired within the last couple months at a local SoCal beer store. Bottle conditioned. ABV is 10.6% according to my bottle. "Ale brewed with Anaheim Chilies & Cinnamon Aged in Red Wine Barrels."
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. Just a weak-ass "psh."
A: Pours a 3.5 finger beige-light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness and quite good (9+ minute) retention for the high ABV. No real lacing as the head recedes. Overall, I'm rather impressed with the head. Body colour is a terribly ugly caramel-light brown colour; that's one of the worst body colours I've observed in the last year. Wow, that's unappealing. No yeast particles are visible because it's nontransparent and opaque. No bubble show. Dig the head, despise the body.
Sm: Surprisingly not terrible. Light tart sour character. Light hints of lacto. Cinnamon and earthy hops. White grapeskin; I'm actually confused - why are the dominant wine notes redolent of white wine rather than red wine? Caramel. Stale cereals/grains. I dig the light sour aromatics, but the rest is underwhelming. A mess of an aroma, but not necessarily a bad one. Deeply buried orange rind when I look for it. Not getting any chili peppers from the aroma. A mild strength aroma overall.
T: Hm. It's a mess - in classic Stone fashion. There's just no balance or even seemingly any attempt to balance the flavours. I get light sourness, which lacks flavour depth or interest. Murky caramel, earthy hops, and biscuit malt. Bland cinnamon. I'm not getting any chili pepper at all; however they handled the peppers, the execution is poor. Nutmeg spice. Some other unwelcome spices. I get some grapeskin, but it's mainly suggestive of white wine grapes, not red wine. I get no red wine notes at all, really. The red wine barrel aging was poorly handled. Lacks creamy character. I can't emphasize the lack of balance and cohesion enough; it feels like a mess of random flavours jumbled together, not a masterfully brewed and balanced beer. What did I expect from Stone? Built okay, I guess. Why is this classified as a chili beer?
Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly acidic. Overcarbonated. Way too much body. Too thick. Bad presence on the palate. Doesn't feel at all tailored to the flavour profile, nor is it all that complementary. Lacks deliberation. I'm unimpressed. Thank God it's not watery.
Dr: Stone once again makes me question why I keep buying their beers. I want to like them as much as others seem to, but the quality just isn't there. And it's overpriced as hell, even in L.A. Why is this brewery so well regarded? This is a poorly executed barrel aged beer, and a missed opportunity - and if it's supposed to be a chili beer, it's crap - frankly. A mess of a beer in a gimmicky-as-hell series. This one should be skipped, especially at its ridiculous price point. Why did I buy this? What's wrong with me?
03-27-2013 05:18:30 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
Shared with BPK59, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.
A - Poured a nice clear ruby brown hue with a fluffy tan head that fades to leave nice lacing.
S - Aromas of red wine, some nice malty sweetness, chilis are hidden unfortunately.
T - Tastes of red wine, malty sweetness, and super faint chili. It's not bad, but where the Fuck is the chili?!
M - Mouthfeel is nice, lightly carbonated, not bad, alcohol hidden.
O - Overall I was, yet again, disappointed by a stone 500mL beer. Sigh.
12-06-2013 00:31:27 | More by rudzud
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep red, a little murky. Small khaki head. Thin collar.
Smell - Wine aroma and some acidity. Caramel malt. Hint of pepper.
Taste - Pepper right up front. Caramel malt. Some wine and a bit of funk.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation. The peppers are cut a bit. Medium bodied.
Overall - A lot going on, but not sure I really enjoy what's going on.
08-20-2013 03:28:27 | More by Alieniloquium
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-21-2014 01:08:07 | More by scottfrie
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
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