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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

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: FosterJM on 12-18-2012

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...
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 11
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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.

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Thanks to Steve for sharing during the VE party
Split with StarRaptor, Callmecoon & Smarcoly

App- A bit of a caramel brown with some amber and reds. A small head was there and the dropped down to a a small bit of bubbles on the top of the beer. A small bit of cling but not much.

Smell- So this is labeled as a Chili beer but the aromatics are clearly of the Belgian origin. More yeast with a small bit of banana and clove. The chili on this one is accentuated by the Red wine barrel. Much more spice vs. heat on this one.

Taste- It's a tasty beer. Much better than the base beer was. The heat of the chili has faded and become more integrated with the addition of the barrel. A bit of a cordial like flavor has now come on.

Mouth- This was a medium body with a medium carbonation level. The redsidual flavors are of a Belgian beer but just a tad bit of chili and more of the tannins come out.

Drink- The series is coming to a close and I feel that Stone is pushing the boundaries now. This was flavorful and subdued. I liked the base flavors and the layering. A good treatment of the barrel.

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