11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.76/5
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11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. These bottle-conditioned ales are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy them in a "vertical" tasting. Each one unique to it's year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plotline. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition. To remind you, the remaining dates are: 12.12.12

Added by JAramini on 11-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
1,532
pDev:
16.49%
 
 
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42
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Photo of onewayboogie
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, aged over 5 years in a dedicated beer cooler.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby-copper color with a modest size, bone colored head that is semi-durable and leaves only a few spots of lacing.

Aroma: Moderately strong with Fruity with hints of white wine and green apples.

Flavor: Dark dried fruits and bready malts with toffee, caramel, a hint of cinnamon and faint pepper. Very light heat, probably as much from the alcohol as the chilies. Moderately sweet: the level of sweetness works well with the other flavors. High complexity with excellent harmony and good balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with light carbonation. Medium-full body.

Overall- A very good Belgian style ale. Lightly spicy and fruity, with a solid malt base that blends nicely with sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. The high ABV [9.4%] is well hidden excepting some internal warming.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TGlaz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 22 bottle poured into my chalice and enjoyed many years after purchase. The bottle has been cellared at appropriate temperature the entire time it was aging.
The beer pours a deep ruby color with some streams of carbonation rising to the surface of my glass. A minimal .5 cm of creamy eggshell white head foams up on the surface of my glass. This fades to a thin wispy island and the sticky edge layer. The aroma is actually fairly boozy and all malt caramel and brown sugar with just a little bit of pepper notes some spice, but mostly the vegetal pepper note that would be from a bell not a chilli pepper. I do get some cinnamon but mostly this beer is a malt forward boozy nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine and rolling carbonation, texture is slightly sticky and coats my palate after each swallow.
The flavor is malty and sweet with brown sugar and a bit of molassess and just a bit of mild pepper notes with some peppery booze too. There is also some heat, but Im not sure it is from the chilli pepper or the alcohol.
The beer drinks as a bit of a malty sipper which is good for a cool fall evening. Since I dont often like hot spicy pepper I enjoy that the heat has faded a bit. A nice malty brew with a bit of a sneaky kick. Glad I held onto this one.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of reviewing beers that may not be suited for long aging, especially when you don't know if improperly stored or just a bad bottle but here goes.
Poured a cloudy copper body with two-finger head and a bit of lace around the glass. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel/toffee and some chili in the aroma. Not bad so far but this is where the beer turns for (on might be more applicable) me. It is a thick, almost cloying, sticky, heavy bodied beer that has this cinnamon/nutmeg sweetness that is not balanced with nor compatible with this mild chili pepper heat. Beer has this almost sour/funky offputting finish which leads me to believe that either five years of aging ruined this beer or I just had a bad bottle.

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Photo of Jodio
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well my first chili beer, Aged 5 years. Poured a dark copper color with mahogany hues. a one finger light tan head that has good retention. the clarity of the beer is fairly clear with some carbonation bubble visible.

A sweet malty aroma with caramel, bread, and toast. A light earth and some floral, I cannot detect any pepper scent.

The beer is a sweet malty with heavy bread, and biscuit notes, caramel, and toast. There is some earth floral, and in the background some chile flavor.

The mouth feel is carbonated and coating.

Overall this beer is not for me. It is heavy malty bomb with subtle chile flavor. I really did not care for it.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tb4475
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frekky
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smi69
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClePaul
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aussieyank
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having a light amber color, the smell of the Epic Ale has slightly sweet/belgiumy after tones. The test is full bodied with the slight sour aftertaste. Epic Ale reminds me of a light farmhouse ale.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looked darker than expected, almost brown. Cloudy, maybe chile particulate haze. Aroma was reminiscent of belgian wits. All that coriander.

Taste was spice, caramel, cinnamon, toffee, booze and citrus. Doesn't really jive together for me. Clove in the mouthfeel, less impact from any chili peppers.

These series of beers have been complex, but in a Dogfish head kind of way: you can throw shit together that maybe is unique, but hardly good drinking.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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